Yesterday you saw how my kitchen counter looks after several days of dyeing. Life often gets in the way so I have developed a method that helps me to get at least a batch or two done even on the busiest days.
Below are the steps I follow. These are not full dyeing directions. Use your standard method or read the full detailed instructions in my book, Dyeing by the Numbers.
Prepare the wool and pots the night before.
- Soak the wool
- Measure and dissolve the dye
- Fill the pots with water and add the pre-soaked wool
- Add the dye and stir well
- At this point you can clean up the mess if this will be your only batch
The next morning:
- Turn on the stove as soon as you get up.
- During the morning as you are getting ready, keep an eye on the pot.
- Turn the heat down if it starts to boil.
- Add the acid and stir well and continue to cook until the dye is set.
- Turn the flame off when you leave the house.
When you return home:
- Wash and dry the wool as usual.
- Cut it up and hook.