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Crockpot Dyes: aa022304

Since I am now living in a small flat in London, I have had to change my dye methods to working in a small space. I purchased a couple of crockpots (slow cookers) and these seem to be working quite well. A 3.5 litre crockpot is large enough to dye about 100 – 150 grams of yarn at a time (about 4-6 oz) .

The slow cookers that I purchased are oval in shape and quite shallow. If I had my preference, I would have liked to buy a slightly larger size and possibly a round shape (hoping that the round ones would be deeper, to make it easier to dip dye the yarn)

Also, the magenta or red colour dyes require a higher heat than the cyan or yellow, to absorb properly into the yarn. Crockpots don’t always give a very good high heat, so it is best to heat the water on the stove. The slow cookers that I bought are not able to be used on the stove as well, so I have to use a regular cooking pot for the magenta dyebath.

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Basic Steps for Crockpot Dyeing

– Using 3 Prime Colours (cyan, yellow, magenta)

(I use CIBA Acid Dyes) and 2 Crockpots and one regular stove pot – 1 Crockpot for Cyan, 1 for Yellow and Magenta in the stove pot.

Fill the Slow Cookers with Hot Water

Turn the Slow Cookers onto the Hot setting

Add a Tablespoon of Vinegar

Add Dye to the Slow Cooker

Wind the yarn into dye skeins and tie loosely in several places, so that the skeins don’t tangle once they are in the dyepot. I wound skeins of approx. 25 grams each.

Rinse the skeins in hot water and make sure they are thoroughly wet, or the dye will be uneven.

Place the wet skeins into the dyepots and let them sit for about 20 minutes to absorb the dye. Stir the dyepots frequently in order to get even colour distribution.

To get additional colours, remove 2 dye skeins from the cyan dyepot and place 1 in the yellow dyepot and 1 into the magenta.

Similarly, remove 2 from the yellow and place them into the cyan and magenta.

And remove 2 from the magenta and place them into the cyan and yellow.

Let them sit in the dyepots for about another 10-20 minutes.

You can continue to move skeins from one dyepot to another to get different colours, until all the dye has been exhausted from the dyepot – The water will be clear.

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Wild Color, Revised and Updated Edition: The Complete Guide to Making and Using Natural Dyes
This comprehensive book outlines all the necessary equipment, how to select fibers and plant parts, choose the right methods for mordanting and dyeing, test color modifiers and the fastness of dyed colors, and obtain a range of gorgeous colors from every plant, from alter to woad, shown in more than 250 swatches.
UK: Wild Color

The Dyer’s Garden
This comprehensive guide walks readers through a garden season from design to planting to harvesting for the dyepot.
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Eco Colour: Botanical Dyes for Beautiful Textiles
Using dyes of the leaves, roots, and flowers to color your cloth and yarn can be an amazing journey into botanical alchemy. In Eco Colour, artistic dyer and colorist India Flint teaches you how to cull and use this gentle and ecologically sustainable alternative to synthetic dyes.
UK: Eco Colour

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3 to 120 Dye Study Project

This is a dye exercise that allows you to create over 120 dyes using just 3 colours. The 3 prime colours of dye are used – Cyan(Green/Blue), Magenta (Hot Pink) and Yellow. In this project, start with 3 large dyepots of dye. For each dye skein you will add a bit of colour from the other dyepot, to change the shade of color slightly. I used pure wool yarn for this dye project.

Dyepot 1 – Magenta to Cyan

Dyepot 2 – Cyan to Yellow

Dyepot 3 – Yellow to Magenta The colours will move progressively through the colour chart, changing from one prime colour, until the ending prime colour is reached.

The first time that I did this exercise, I wove all the dye samples into a rya tapestry.

3 To 150 Rya Rug
3 To 150 Rya Rug

The Dye Study
This is a dye exercise that allows you to create over 120 shades using just 3 dye colours. The 3 prime colours of dye are used – Cyan(Green/Blue), Magenta (Hot Pink) and Yellow.

In this dye project, I dyed about 15 lbs. of yarn. I have adjusted the instructions to a smaller amount of yarn. The amount of dye used will vary depending on the type of dyes that you are using. The procedure will be the same.

Repeat this exercise 3 times for the 3 different colour ranges.
Use 1 lb. of yarn for each colour range. Divide the yarn into 40 equal size skeins. Rinse the dye skeins.

You will need 2 large dyepots. Fill each dyepot with 4 litres of water. Add suffficient dye to each to make a fairly strong colour (enough to dye 1 lb of yarn). I used a CIBA acid dye, so I added vinegar to each dyepot to set the dyes.

Magenta to Cyan
Colour Range 1

Rya Rug Dye Study

For Colour Range 1
– I worked from the Magenta dyepot and added a bit of Cyan to change the colour.

Put the Magenta dyepot on the stove and heat until the dye solution is fairly hot. Add
1 dye skein and let it sit in the dye for about 20 minutes. Remove the dye skein, let it cool and rinse in cool water To create 40 different colours, the second dyepot solution is divided into 40 equal portions.

4 litres of water / 40 = .10 litres each

Using a measuring cup, measure out .10 litres of dye solution (Cyan)

Add .10 litres of Cyan to the Magenta dyepot and stir.

Put the 2nd dye skein into the Magenta dye mixture and let sit for about 20 minutes.

Remove the dye skein, let cool and rinse.

For the 3rd colour, measure another .10 litres of Cyan. Add this to the Magenta dyepot.

Put the 3rd dye skein into the Magenta dyepot. Let it sit for 20 minutes. Remove the dye skein, let cool and rinse.Repeat this procedure until all 40 skeins have been dyed.

Yellow to Magenta

Rya Rug Dye Study

Colour Range 2 – Yellow to Magenta

For Colour Range 2
I worked from the Yellow dyepot and added a bit of Magenta to change the colour.

Put the Yellow dyepot on the stove and heat until the dye solution is fairly hot. Add
1 dye skein and let it sit in the dye for about 20 minutes. Remove the dye skein, let it cool and rinse in cool water To create 40 different colours, the second dyepot solution is divided into 40 equal portions.

4 litres of water / 40 = .10 litres each

Using a measuring cup, measure out .10 litres of dye solution (Magenta)

Add .10 litres of Magenta dye solution to the Yellow dyepot and stir.

Put the 2nd dye skein into the Yellow dye mixture and let sit for about 20 minutes.

Remove the dye skein, let cool and rinse.

For the 3rd colour, measure another .10 litres of Magenta. Add this to the Yellow dyepot.

Put the 3rd dye skein into the Yellow mix dyepot. Let it sit for 20 minutes. Remove the dye skein, let cool and rinse.

Repeat this procedure until all 40 skeins have been dyed.

Cyan to Yellow

Rya Rug Dye Study

Colour Range 3 – Cyan to Yellow

For Colour Range 3

– I worked from the Cyan dyepot and added a bit of Yellow to change the colour.

Put the Cyan dyepot on the stove and heat until the dye solution is fairly hot. Add
1 dye skein and let it sit in the dye for about 20 minutes. Remove the dye skein, let it cool and rinse in cool water To create 40 different colours, the second dyepot solution is divided into 40 equal portions.

4 litres of water / 40 = .10 litres each

Using a measuring cup, measure out .10 litres of dye solution (Yellow)

Add .10 litres of Yellow dye solution to the Cyan dyepot and stir.

Put the 2nd dye skein into the Cyan dye mixture and let sit for about 20 minutes.

Remove the dye skein, let cool and rinse.

For the 3rd colour, measure another .10 litres of Yellow. Add this to the Cyan dyepot.

Put the 3rd dye skein into the Cyan mix dyepot. Let it sit for 20 minutes. Remove the dye skein, let cool and rinse.

Repeat this procedure until all 40 skeins have been dyed.

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