Note: I strongly recommend not using materials you prep food with. Check amazon or thrift stores and keep your craft items separate from your normal cook wear.
- dust mask
- bowl with hot tap water
- 1 gallon dishwasher safe glass jar or stainless steel pot
- a towel you won't mind getting stained
- rubber gloves if desired
- optional: zip ties come in handy to keep your skeins from getting tangled
- optional: something to protect your work surface if needed
Eco Sock dyed in Summer Gold
Once your have all of your materials, you're ready to start dyeing!
Prior to getting started, prep your work space by protecting your work surface. Wear clothes you might not mind getting stained, and have old towels available in case of spills. **Please wear a dust mask when handling powdered dye. Once the dye is in the water you may remove your mask.
1. Soak your fiber in hot tap water, making sure it's submerged and fully saturated.
2. Bring 8 cups of water to a boil using a kettle or coffee pot. If using a stainless steel pot, boil 8 cups of water on the stovetop then turn off heat.
3. Add boiled water to a gallon glass jar. If using a stainless steel pot, move on to step 4.
4. Add dye packet and stir to dissolve the dye.
5. Remove fiber from hot tap water soak and gently squeeze out the excess water. Do not wring!
6. Carefully submerge fiber into the dye bath. You may move the fiber around to make sure color is evenly distributed, but try not to agitate the fibers too much as they may felt.
7. Add citric acid packet and carefully stir in.
8. Let steep for 10-15 minutes until dye bath is clear.
9. Remove yarn and soak in a hot water bath to remove any excess dye. Do not wring as fibers may felt.
10. Hang yarn or set out fiber to dry.
See!? Super easy. Once your yarn or fiber is dry it's ready to use!
A quick note about color. Colors can vary SO much from skein to skein. Fiber content, water PH, and even water temperature can alter the color. If you plan on dyeing more than one skein of the same color and using them in the same project, I would dye both of them together using 2 packets and a bit more water.
Roving dyed up in Peony