Dyeing with Easter Egg Colors
Dyeing with Easter Egg Colors is fun and easy!
Wool and other protein fibers should be dyed in an "acid bath" dye pot, which is what we are using when we dye Easter Eggs in vinegar and water.
After dyeing our Easter Eggs, I placed dry, white Coopworth roving (damp roving would give more even colors...but what fun is that!) in the cups of dye, pushed it down to immerse the roving in the dye, and put the cups in the microwave on high for 3 minutes for the 5 teacups.
I let the roving cool over night in the dye, then took it out, squeezed it, and rinsed it under cool water, and squeezed it again. I layed the roving out to dry on an old towel.
Not all the dye was "exhausted" in some of the cups (meaning that the water in the cups was not clear, but still had some dye in it), so I put more roving in them and "zapped" them in the microwave for 2 minutes for the 3 cups, leaving them to sit overnight, also.
I plan to spin the easter egg roving with some I made last year and make a little hat!
See my Fiber Links, page for more info on dyeing.
Jim and Martha McGrath
178 Lough Rd.
Franklin, WV, 26807