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Solar dyeing and summer heat


A few days ago, I pulled my last skein of handspun mohair off of my two yard Niddy Noddy and proceeded to dye all the handspun yarn.

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If you’ve made ‘Sun Tea’ the process is similar, of course instead of tea (unless you’re using that to color the yarn) you use a dye.

Wilton's Dye gel
I normally use natural dyes for my handspun yarn, but this time I used Wilton’s icing colors. It’s a food coloring, mainly used to tint icing. I used vinegar to set the color.

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I will say that my handspun mohair yarn took the dye well and left the variegated pattern that I wanted. Listening to my daughter’s suggestion I went with an orange/copper base and I added a goldenrod yellow also. I have yellow undertones in my skin and I thought this would compliment it nicely.

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A few evenings ago, I went outside and removed the handspun yarn from the glass jar. The water was warm, I rinsed off the water, removed the excess water into a towel and hung the yarn outside on a rack to dry.

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The shimmer and the halo that mohair possess was still in the yarn. That’s good, it’s the main reason I chose mohair to complete the project for the knitting designer.

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Now, the only thing left is to allow this to completely dry and then begin knitting. Unless of course… I want to overdye the yarn. We’ll see!


  1. That is a very cool idea. Now I need to find some undyed yarn to play with!


    Opal @ThreadLover Reply:

    It’s a wonderful project and I was pleased with the results. I hope you are also. 🙂
    Opal @ThreadLover recently posted…Cleaning Mohair, Spinning and Knitting


  2. I thought it was tea dyed at first. 🙂


    Opal @ThreadLover Reply:

    Tea dye is on my list. I’m in a spinning study and we focus on different techniques/breeds each month. 🙂
    Opal @ThreadLover recently posted…Handspun singles…


  3. It is so incredibly cool that you know how to do this! I have no color sense whatsoever. Utterly helpless, am I!


    Opal @ThreadLover Reply:

    I’m really enjoying it immensely. This is the first year that I’ve actively dyed anything. I still have a lot to learn, but I’m enjoying the process. 🙂
    Opal @ThreadLover recently posted…Adventures in hand sewing: Natalie ‘Alabama’ Chanin


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