A little bit of this and, a little bit of that, makes a little bit of me.

Not just for Cakes


…Wilton Icing Gel has been a good medium for color-dyeing protein fibers.

The dye and sugar ratio is high but works wonder. You’ll need to use vinegar as acid when applying this method, unlike dyeing with Kool-Aid. It’s easy to use more than you think you should. Typically, I use 1/8 teaspoon and get intense color. For deep color, you do need a bit more to get the intensity.

Different results using Black (in part of 1st and 2nd Phases,) Violet, Red & Red,
Burgundy, and Teal from original 8-0z Dyed Wool Mix Roving
from
Pam’s shop as shown in the very first picture, counting from left

One batch was overly felted so it will be put through a French comb to loosen the fibers–once dried–before it can be spun.

If you feel very strongly about the color you want, definitely dye-test some samples. I used the Wilton black to get a lovely purple/green variegation here.

To avoid turning your hands purple and red, then green after rinsing, be sure to put on a pair of gloves. Black is a mixture of other colors–when heated, they separate over stages. There are Targhee and pin-draft Rambouillet in the slow cooker cooling…I wonder what that batch would look like.

It’s a really cool, easy, and gratifying science experiment–I am still intrigued by how Black absorbs into yarn and variegate in phases! Kids will love this project. Hope you enjoy a glimpse of my play day…and be inspired to give it a try yourself.

Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!

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