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Food dyeing experience on wool

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1 ) Food dyeing experience on wool

2) Combing wool with a dog comb

3 ) Food dye red, blue, yellow

4 ) With red food coloring

5 ) With yellow food coloring




Food dyeing experience on wool


red food tincture in a bowl
red food tincture in a bowl

In my beginnings I tested a lot of methods, mainly to learn but also for the taste of experimentation. That day, I decided to test a food dye, to do this, I put food dye with water to the addition of white vinegar, then I soaked the wool, dry or wet or even wet, it does not change anything. The wool in question was of poor quality full of shavings which I had tried to make acceptable before by washing it and trying to rid it of the multitudes of shavings which parasitized it.


mixture of food dyes on wool in a pot
mixture of food dyes on wool in a pot

I had wrapped the wool impregnated with the dye in cellophane paper (which is resistant to baking), as I had made several batches, the last did not need packaging, but on the other hand it had also been soaked in the white vinegar-tincture solution



mixture of food dyes on wool in a pot
mixture of food dyes on wool in a pot

My pot was full

Cooking for one hour on low heat



wool dyed red green yellow in the sink
wool dyed red green yellow in the sink

Unpacking the wool, the result was conclusive, the wool had absorbed all the food coloring. When the wool had cooled, I had rinsed it to release the excess dye and put it to dry.



mixture of edible dyes on wool
mixture of edible dyes on wool

Drying, it had to be turned from time to time so that it dries faster

Impatient to see the wool spun, I had started spinning with a Turkish spindle (I did not yet have a spinning wheel at the time) by ridding the wool of sawdust shavings as best I could.




Unfortunately, there were still sawdust left as can be seen in the photo



And other nuances, the result was 'drinkable' but it is certain that I would no longer buy a fleece in such a state! It will be necessary to see with my neighbor (the sheep of the meadows next to me) who does suffolk and ile de france (I will make a post about this soon)



After testing the wool for knitting, the result, although rough, is interesting, but the spinning is fragile when it is unique and totally irregular, it really weakens the work! I dismantled the test in question and chose to integrate it into double curtains for my room, we have no shutters and the daylight wakes us up especially in summer!


After taking a step back, I will redo the food dyeing experience with a more suitable wool, I find the result knitted to my taste

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Combing wool with a dog comb






I have a few kilograms of wool in stock that I bought when I started, this wool was used to doing vegetable or food dye tests, I did not know how to recover it, the hairs are too short and really dirty (although washed and dyed, there are still twigs and small dirt that prevent a homogeneous spinning) My little lice combs being broken, I opted for a real comb with a more practical handle





To start, I take a tuft of wool (we can see the twigs very well)









I hold it in one hand and I comb










When the tuft is entirely on the comb, I pull to recover the untangled fibers










I thus obtain a cloud of wool, almost entirely free of its impurities












Knots, small fibers and dirt are on the other side of the comb. What I do with it, I put it in the trash.










Some of the wool recovered, it is certain that with this method I have a lot of loss, but it is a wool that I wanted to throw away because it was unusable in the state it was, with what I have combed, I can now mix it in carding or use it in core spinning, but not in spinning alone, the hairs are too short for that

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Nothing is lost













Here is Praline which has made a cozy nest, the wood chips do not bother her and the wool is not quite dry














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wool dyed red blue yellow food
wool dyed red blue yellow food


wool dyed red blue yellow food
wool dyed red blue yellow food

Food dye red, blue, yellow











Recipe made with white vinegar, food color and cooked in water, until the color is absorbed






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With red food coloring



wool dyed food red
wool dyed food red

wool dyed food red
wool dyed food red

I got a nuanced thread both pink and red, it's pretty so an experience to do again!


For rainy Wednesdays with the children, it is a fun activity, put in the water the white vinegar food coloring, better too much than not enough, the wool to be dyed (here it is German sheep) and cook until 'until the color is absorbed, let cool and rinse, the fiber should no longer disgorged and let dry, it works very well with animal fibers, regarding vegetable fibers I have not yet tested


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With yellow food coloring



wool dyed with food yellow
wool dyed with food yellow

A year ago I tested the dye with yellow food dyeing on German sheep


 wool dyed with food yellow
wool dyed with food yellow

So I took pictures with flash on a white background and I was surprised to have several shades of yellow, ranging from white to more intense yellow, I am happy with the result

This is a single yarn, spun on German sheep wool with a Turkish spindle.




wool dyed with food yellow
wool dyed with food yellow
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