Okay, so I want to experiment with color in felting. And all the sources I have read, stress the fact that for color-work like intarsia and Fair Isle/Nordic to felt up evenly, it has to be the exact same wool, preferably the same brand.
I was at the Goodwill sweater-diving again, and found a beautiful “sheep white” (creamy natural color) sweater. I have a range of acid dyes, from my work with silk… so I started playin’. I know that I’ll want to do more subtle, over-dyed type shades at some point in the future, but this will allow me to test and see if individual colors affect the felting process. I’m still working on exactly what kind of piece I’m going to do first – something small, maybe just another little bag. They’re like swatches you can use.
So, without further ado…
This is the sweater. I didn’t take a picture of it whole, so this scrap of unreclaimable collar and shoulder will have to do. It wasn’t a particularly pretty sweater, and had moth holes in the front. It had suede patches on the elbows, which may become FuzzyFeet slip-stoppers in the future. It was also interestingly constructed; kind of a cross between Dolman and Raglan.
This is a winder-cake of the yarn. It looks like exactly the same 7×2-ply yarn as the sweater I unraveled to make the Big Red Bag and the Bobble Bag. Hopefully it will behave as admirably in the felting cycle!
This is the set of dyed samples. The wool took the colors beautifully, although it’s so much differerent than the silk dyeing I’m used to! I am particularly pleased with the voilet and purple, and the vermillion (which is actually a reddish-burgundy). Once I have figured out how the colors will behave, I’ve got enough yarn to do a larger project in the color I decide upon. I got the dyes, Jacquard Acid Dyes, from Dharma Trading Company, www.dharmatrading.com
The skeins hanging to dry – this is a truer representation of the colors. Left to right: Vermillion, Scarlet, Golden Yellow, Bright Kelly Green, Emerald, Brilliant Blue, Violet, Purple, Olive, and Brown.