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I'd like to try my had at hand dyeing yarn. What sort of yarn do I need to buy? Can I just buy some white or cream colored yarn, or do I need to find undyed yarn?

Anyone have any tips on handpainting yarn? =)


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Feb. 10th, 2013 11:55 pm (UTC)
Stick with pure wool or pure animal fiber. Cotton and plant based fibers are tricky . Anything light will take on color, but natural white or cream is best. Lion Brand fisherman wool is an economical place to start. I love kool aid dyeing myself :)
Feb. 11th, 2013 12:16 am (UTC)
I have a ton of Knit Picks undyed yarn that I have yet to work on. It's not very expensive and feels deliciously squishy.
Feb. 11th, 2013 01:09 am (UTC)
Definitely start with a protein-based yarn (i.e. some type of animal hair). White or cream would be fine. For your first time I would recommend using food safe dyes so you don't have to worry about contaminating your cookware-- I use mainly Wilton icing gel. Have fun!
Feb. 11th, 2013 08:28 am (UTC)
by your spelling i assume you're in the states, so i can't name any suppliers, but try looking up some specialist weaving supplierrs, who will sell you white or unbleached wools silks and linens by the kilo, it works oout usually about half the price or less of knitting and stitching suppliers and they will advise you which of thier products is suitable to eventually knit with. A lot of the uk ones sell natural and chemical dyes at much cheaper prices as well, since many weavers like to dye thier own threads
Feb. 11th, 2013 03:59 pm (UTC)
This is a great idea; thanks!
Feb. 11th, 2013 09:28 am (UTC)
The best book I saw with yarn dyeing info is the Twisted Sisters Sock Workbook as it covers a lot of techniques.
My tips - buy lots of powdered dyes, a steamer, hoard old jamjars for mixing. Lots of food wrap for steaming your yarn parcels in.
And never use any equipment for dyeing that you would use for food!!
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