Today, Claudia and I dyed roving for a project that you will learn more about as this blog series progresses. Or, rather, Claudia dyed and I took pictures and marveled at how easy she makes it look. Our goal was "inperfect", which is a really fun goal to have and allowed us to play and experiment with color.
The biggest lesson I learned? Don't be afraid. "If worst comes to worst," Claudia said, "You can dye it black."
First, we soaked roving in citric acid. Then, we boiled pots of water with more citric acid. Usually you also add salt as well, which slows the process down, but because we wanted inperfect we skipped that part. Next, we added dye to the pots.
After that it was mostly about adjusting colors until we got what we wanted. Once you understand how the process works, you can really make magic. For example, we wanted to dye some roving purple. We mixed magenta and turquoise dye and threw in some roving. Claudia knew that the magenta dye would get absorbed faster, so once that color was absorbed she added in more roving to the same pot that just absorbed the leftover turquoise dye.
Once the dye was fully absorbed for each color, we rinsed the roving (rinse water should run clear) and set it out to dry.
Stay tuned for more on this project and see where this roving will be used!