|My first attempt at dying yarn!!!|
I have been working with yarn for such a long time, from knitting and embroidery to now working primarily in woven tapestry as an artist. I have never attempted to dye my own yarn before but after reading a few forums on Ravelry and having a bit of a stash of light coloured yarn floating around, I thought I'd give it a go.
Now I am totally addicted to it!!! It is quite exhilarating to see how it turns out. As a starting point, I have been using food colouring dye as it much safer to use in terms of toxicity but also it is quite affordable.
|another colour way.|
I think that I will make the move to move 'professional' dyes later this year and look at handpainting and dying some yarn for a sweater. I love the fact that it has a happy accident element to it but also that you end up with something purely original. So far I'm only dying yarn that I would knit with but I can also see the possibilities of dying yarn to weave with for my tapestries.
I can also see that lots of my yarny friends will be getting these as gifts in the near future as well! For those interested, I will be posting a how to in the upcoming weeks.
So, if you see me with weird coloured hands, you will know that I've definitely got the dying bug!