Eclectic Dye Day

Saturday was the first ever Lazykate dye day and what a wonderful day it turned out to be.


20140218-105118.jpg                                            Little pots ready for mixing



One of the things that I find intimidates a lot of people when they come to dye is the use of colour. It can be particularly overwhelming to be faced with a room of unfamiliar people and a range of colours that could turn into a pot of mud.

So we started with a visit from Tamzin Williams from Wickerwool. An experienced artist, Tamzin led us through the basics of colour theory, how colours work together in the dye pan, how we can use them to our advantage when painting yarn.

Then we hit the kitchen, pots were simmering, yarns were painted and microwaved, we had Bluefaced Leicester fibre, DK skeins of undyed yarn, BFL/trilobal nylon, it certainly was busy.


20140218-105131.jpg            Gemma painting her practise skeins, we practised first on less expensive yarn so that we didn’t feel overwhelmed with pressure

20140218-105138.jpg                      Rosie and Jane, painting with brushes and syringes

20140218-105145.jpg                    Poor Emily. This is what happens when you forget your apron.

20140218-105151.jpg                          Gemma using the state of the art drying rack.

20140218-105157.jpg                  Wool trying not to be blown of the rack in the hurricane

20140218-105205.jpg                  The skeins the ladies produced.  Absolutely stunning.

20140218-105212.jpg                                         Fibres longing to be spun up

20140218-105221.jpg                         Emily, me, Jane, Gemma, Fran and Rosie.  What a day!

The ladies all seemed to get on well and sparked an inspired each other and (I hope) connections and friendships were begun.

Despite my worries about burning, scalding or poisoning my guests, everything went swimmingly and I can’t wait for the next one.

I’ll post on here and also on facebook when we have a date set, but it won’t be too long off.

This week is the beginners class at Wickerwool at Cedar Farm. Seven ladies are on their way, hopefully fledging as spinners at 4pm. Pictures will be posted!<