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How to Dye Rainbow Silk: how_rainbow_dye_silk

Rainbow dyeing is a quick and fun method for dyeing silk, wool, mohair or other protein fiber using concentrated CIBA Acid-based powder dyes.

 

Difficulty Level:

Easy

Time Required:

30 minutes

Here’s How:

     

  1. Thoroughly wet the clean fibre or yarn to be dyed.
  2. Fill a large pot with water.
  3. Add 2 tablespoons of vinegar to the dyepot and stir.
  4. Add 2 – 4 oz. of fibre or yarn into the dyepot.
  5. Using the end of a chopstick, dip it into the dye powder and then place the dye into the edge of the dyepot.
  6. With another chopstick, dip it into another colour of dye powder and place the dye into the dyepot on the other side of the dyepot.
  7. If using 3 or more colours, repeat Step 7
  8. If dyeing more wool, place another layer of wool into the dyepot and repeat steps 5 – 8, changing the location of dye placement.
  9. Allow dyepot to simmer at least 20 minutes, or until all the dye has exhausted.
  10. If the dye is exhausted before you have sufficient colour, you can add more dye, by gently lifting the edge of the fibre and adding more dye.
  11. Turn off the heat and allow the dyepot to cool
  12. Remove the dyed fibre from the dyepot, squeeze out excess moisture and let dry.
  13. Happy Spinning!

Tips:

  • Use clean, scoured wool.
  • No stirring, or you will get felt!
  • Make sure there is sufficient water to completely cover the fibre. 
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    Chenille Yarns: chenille

    How to Finish Rayon or Cotton Chenille
    Finishing techniques for completing a rayon or cotton chenille scarf or throw.

    How to weave with chenille.

    chenille warp

    Colinette Textile Alchemy
    Colinette has an extraordinary selection of hand-dyed yarns including a D.K. weight of cotton chenille.

    Cotton Clouds
    Cotton Clouds does the work for you. They offer ready-to-weave kits for making Chenille shawls.

    R and M Yarns
    R & M has an ever changing inventory of mill-end wool, cotton, chenille, rayon and acrylic yarns, suitable for machine knitting and weaving.

    Robin and Russ Handweavers Inc.
    Robin & Russ is a good source for weaving yarns, including chenille. Ordering their catalog is recommended as all the yarns aren’t displayed on the website.

    Swicofil
    Swicofil is a wholesale supplier of European chenille and novelty yarns.

    Webs Yarn Merchant
    Webs is a mail-order supplier of yarns for weavers and knitters. They carry both solid and space-dyed chenille yarns.

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    A cybershop specializing in handpainted and dyed rayon chenille yarns.

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    Blanket + Dog: aa040398

    Blanket

    Some time ago, I wove some handspun/dyed mohair blankets. I sold several of them, but decided to keep one for myself as the colours were so bright and cheery. The warp was comprised of 2/3 commercial 2 ply wool and 1/3 handspun. For the handspun, I spun a singles of wool and plyed it with a commercially spun mohair. The weft was a 2 ply commercial wool.

    I dyed 1/3 of the yarns (both warp and weft) in red, 1/3 in cyan and 1/3 in blue. The warp was 44″ wide and sett at 6 e.p.i. I used an 8 dent reed, allowing an extra space for each mohair yarn. I wanted to create large squares of colour, so I divided the warp equally into thirds. 1/3 red, 1/3 cyan, 1/3 blue. Correspondingly, the weft was woven in thirds as well. I liked the effect of colour, however, if I did this project again, I would have more contrast of colour between the green and blue. I think the blue should have been in the dye pot a bit longer.

    Dog:

    One day, I was curled up in it reading a good book, and my faithful dog “Q” laid beside me as she always does. I fell asleep. When I awoke, I found she had chewed a hole in my new blanket. The blanket now has a 3″ hole in it.

    Disaster

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    Obi sash: blobi

    Obi Silk Sash

    obi sash
    Obi Jacquard Silk -Japan 1920’s

    Obi Sash
    The obi was a simple narrow sash worn about the waist to hold the folds of the kimono in place.

    Drawloom

    The complex patterns demanded at the royal courts of Asia and Europe required warp threads to be drawn individually. This was accomplished by the invention of the Draw Loom. At least 2 people were needed to work the drawloom. The weaver and the assistants, called drawboys, who were told to pull the various combinations of pulleys

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    Beginner Weaving – Table of Setts: blsetts

    The sett of your cloth can vary, depending on your yarn and the desired drape of your fabric. Below is a table of recommended setts. To achieve the correct result, it is best to sample. Weave a small section, and wash your sample before continuing with your project.

    bamboo reed

    Weaving Setts for Cotton Yarns

    COTTON (840) YPP Tabby – Loose – EPI Tabby – Firm – EPI Twill – EPI
    3/2 1200 ypp 10 14 18
    5/2 2100 ypp 12 16 18
    8/2 3360 ypp 20 24 28
    8/4 1680 ypp 14 16 18
    10/2 4200 ypp 24 27 30
    10/3 2800 ypp 20 22.5 24
    16/2 6720 ypp 28 30 32
    20/2 8400 ypp 30 32 36
    20/3 5600 ypp 22 24 28
    20/6 2800 ypp 20 22.5 24
    24/2 10080 ypp 30 36 40
    24/3 6720 ypp 28 30 32
    30/3 8400 ypp 30 32 36

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    Weaving Setts for Linen Yarns

    LINEN (300) YPP Tabby – Loose – EPI Tabby – Firm – EPI Twill – EPI
    7/1 2100 ypp 20 22.5 25
    10/1 3000 ypp 24 27 30
    12/1 3600 ypp 25 28 32
    12/2 1800 ypp 20 22 24
    14/2 2100 ypp 20 22.5 25
    18/2 2700 ypp 22.5 24 27
    20/2 3000 ypp 24 26 30
    30/2 4500 ypp 28 30 32
    40/2 6000 ypp 32 36 45
    50/3 5000 ypp 35 37.5 45
    16/4 2420 ypp 8 12 12

    Weaving Setts for Silk Yarns

    SILK YPP Tabby – Loose – EPI Tabby – Firm – EPI Twill – EPI
    20/10 950 ypp 7 8
    20/6 1500 ypp 10 12 14
    12/2 2950 ypp 18 20 22
    20/2 5000 ypp 24 26 28
    30/2 7500 ypp 30 32 34-36
    60/2 15,000 ypp 60 64 66-70
    120/2 30,000 ypp 120 124-128 132-140

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    Yarn Shops

    Bodega Pastures Sheep
    Bodega Pastures uses sustainable ranching practices and has organic wool from Churro, Columbia, Corriedale and Romney sheep.

    Borgs Weaving Yarn
    Swedish Borgs weaving yarns come in over 1000 colours, from cotton, rugwarp, linen, cottolin, wool and paper.

    Bullens Wullens
    Bullens Wullens has ready to spin, combed wool top: merino, Targhee, Corriedale and Finn in many lovely colours.

    Camilla Valley Farm
    Camilla Valley Farm, located north of Toronto, Ont, provides quality supplies for weavers, including cotton, linen and locally produced Philosopher’s Wool.

    Caroline’s Yarns
    Caroline produces handspun custom yarns from hand picked fleece for knitters and weavers.

    Colinette Textile Alchemy
    Colinette has an extraordinary selection of hand-dyed yarns: wools, silk, mohair, cottons.

    Cotton Clouds
    Cotton Clouds stocks over 21 different lines of cotton blend yarns.

    Crescent Moon Fiber Mill
    Qiviut and other luxury and exotic yarns, washing, picking, carding and spinning services.

    Curl Yarns
    Curl Bros. has high quality 2/8, 4/8, 8/8 and Perle mercerized cotton yarns in 43 vibrant colours.

    Earthguild
    Earthguild carries a wide range of supplies to serve the needs of the craft community: rugmaking, weaving, spinning, basketry, dyes.

    Fibreholics Homepage
    Agnes Hauptli is a true fibreholic with a great selection of fibres to choose from: silks, wools, cottolins and even possum.

    Foxfibre Naturally Coloured Cotton
    Sally Fox’s naturally coloured Foxfibre cotton yarns and spinning fibre.

    Halcyon Yarn
    Halcyon Yarn provides a mail-order service for handknitting, machine knitting and weaving yarns and spinning fibres. They carry over 100 varieties of yarn from silk to rug wools.

    Harrisville Yarn
    Harrisville wool tweed and Shetland yarns. Available on cones for machine knitting or weaving and washed skeins for handknitting.

    Hemp Textiles Int.
    Hemp Textiles Int. is a wholesale supplier of hemp spinning fibres and yarns.

    Homestead Sheep and Fiber Products
    Both handspun and millspun yarns are offered at this site, Jacob, lambswool and mohair blends.

    In Sheep’s Clothing
    In Sheep’s Clothing offers unique yarns and fibres, for weavers, knitters, spinners and basket makers.

    J J’s Wool and Craft
    A delightful New Zealand site to visit featuring luscious hand-dyed wool yarns for knitters and mohair/silk slivers for handspinners. They can also process your special fibre blends.

    Kreinik Threads
    Silk and metallic threads are perfect for embellishment of your handwovens as well as downloadable freebies.

    Lamb’s Ear Farm
    Lamb’s Ear Farm has Beka looms, yarns, wheels, fibres, dyes and other goodies for the weaver and handspinner.

    Lana Knits Hemp Kits
    Lana Knits has Get to Know Hemp kits, for making washcloths, mitts and sweaters.

    Langley Yarns
    Spinning wheels and fiber, looms, weaving yarns, and weaving lessons by Barbara Braaten.

    Lankapalvelu
    Lankapalvelu is a Finnish site that has a good selection of cotton and specialty yarns, including Poppana, cotton chenille, mop yarn. See Muutkodonta-materiaalit.

    Louet
    Louet is a wholesale supplier of exotic yarns, fibers, natural and chemical dyes, spinning wheels and looms.

    Luxurious Fibers From Around the World
    This site has a large selection of luxury fibers: alpaca, angora, mohair, camel, silk, handpainted yarns, cottons.

    MacAusland’s Woollen Mills Ltd.
    MacAusland’s has been producing yarn since 1932. This family run business supplies custom spinning and weaving yarns and their own pure wool blankets.

    Margaret Peel’s Fibre Supplies
    Margaret Peel’s in Australia, carries a wide range of ready to spin blended fibres and handspun yarns. Washing and dyeing is all done by hand, and carded by machine.

    Mountain Spun Farm
    Mountain Spun Farm has a bit of something for everyone. Triangle looms, spinning tools, Shetland and Romney sheep, Angora and Cashmere goats, angora bunnies and other fibre and fleece.

    Nordic Studio
    Nordic Studio has Bockens Line Linen in 16/1, 16/2, 28/2, tow, linen rug warp, bobbin lace as well as other wools and yarns imported from Sweden and Norway.

    Odyssey Llama’s Fiber Corner
    Looking for a source for llama fibre? Odyssey has raw and washed fleece and roving in a multitude of natural shades.

    P C’s Pets
    Pam Chapman raises Angora rabbits. She has fibre for sale as well as excellent advice for caring for your rabbit.

    Paradise Fibers
    Paradise Fibers has a wide selection of wools and mohairs, spinning fibres, and knitting/weaving yarns.

    Fibreholics Homepage
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    Foxfibre Naturally Coloured Cotton
    Sally Fox’s naturally coloured Foxfibre cotton yarns and spinning fibre.

    R and M Yarns
    R & M has a varied selection of mill-end wool, cotton, rayon and acrylic yarns, suitable for machine knitting and weaving.

    Red Barn Farm
    Red Barn Farm has Targhee, Border Leicester wools from their own flock as well as spinning and weaving supplies.

    Red Meadow
    Red Meadow is an on-line store for weavers, spinners and other fibre artists.

    Robin and Russ Handweavers Inc.
    Robin and Russ is always a great source for weaving yarns. Their yarn catalog is worth ordering.

    Rogue Icelandic Farm
    Yvonne & David McDonald raise Icelandic sheep and Pygora goats in Oregon.

    Savillehill Farm
    An on-line studio catalog shop featuring equipment and supplies for both the beginner and experience fibre artist.

    Snow Drift Farm
    Take a llama trek in Cape Breton, NS and try out some mohair or llama fibre as well.

    Spring Creek Organic Farm
    Award winning natural coloured and white Romney sheep are organically raised. Each fleece is hand skirted to assure a clean fleece, free of vegetation.

    Sugar Bush Hollow
    Sugar Bush Hollow is a mother and daughter cottage industry that caters to all fiber enthusiasts. You can get Angora wool, Cormo fleece, and llama fiber or if you don’t spin yourself, they can spin it for you.

    Sun Bench Fibres
    Sun Bench Fibres began their business raising sheep and angora goats, carding the wool for handspinners. They have now expanded to carry an assortment of spinning fibres, weaving yarns, and Ashford, Lendrum and Leclerc equipment.

    Treenway Silks
    Treenway designs their own special blends of luxurious silks and colours. Who can resist?

    Wales MacKinlay
    Wales MacKinlay is an industrial supplier of yarns and fibre for knitters and weavers in New Zealand.

    Weavers Loft
    Weavers Loft in Indiana, carries looms, spinning wheels, books and suppliers for the weaver and handspinner.

    Webs Yarn Merchant
    Webs offers a wide selection of specialty yarns ranging from rayon chenille, to mohair and wool blends designed for weavers and hand knitters.

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    Woolhouse Tools in Armstrong, British Columbia makes beautiful table and floor looms, shuttles, ball-winders and other weaving accessories.

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