monday — dye day

On Monday I dyed 4 pounds of Romney roving. It’s great stuff from Per Ardua Farm in Paris, Ohio. Usually I split my pounds into quarters (4 ounces each) and dye them one at a time. It sounds time-consuming, but I have three or four pots going on the stove, sometimes I have a couple crockpots cooking, and occasionally I bake fiber in the oven. I believe each of these methods has a name, like hot pour and cold pour, but I just do what I do and don’t think much beyond that.

Lately I’ve been trying to dye in larger batches for those people who can’t think of anything to do with 2.75 ounces or apparently 4 ounces. So far I’ve gotten up to dyeing 8 ounces of the same thing. It’s easier to do it when I bake the fiber in a turkey roasting pan. I can get 8 ounces in at one time and the colors don’t swim around as much. Plus it’s a little more predictable. I’ve been trying to write down the recipes so I can use them again later. Each of the ones below I’ve already done. The blue/purple came out just the same. The one at the far end didn’t really duplicate well. I am curious to try it again!

I’ve been thinking about selling these in 8 ounces rather than splitting them in half. Would these be more appealing as a single large amount or split into two smaller amounts?

roving drying

10 thoughts on “monday — dye day

    1. Thanks! I was thinking of doing something like that — the discount. I’m just not sure how to relay the message to people. A sign? “Buy 2, get a discount!” No one reads signs..

      1. totally. but it’s worth it for the one person in 100 who buys six! of the same or whatever. plus, it’s easy to dye a lot at once. speaking of, do you want those roasters?

        1. Yeah, that’s true. At least I can say I have it, even if they don’t want it. And sure, I’ll take the roasters!

  1. So pretty. I’m trying to find the time to start dyeing some of the white roving that’s laying around. I would do like Erin said and offer discounts. Maybe if you put the sign on your wood racks right above the roving.

    1. Dyeing is fun and you should do it even just for the experience. And yes, I could clip a sign right on the shelf thingy. See if anyone takes notice… something to try next weekend!

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