Dyeing

The little studio that could.

It’s pouring rain again in Vancouver and I have been dyeing nearly every day since Saturday. We’re trying to fill up this big place with colour, yarn and fibre… but no matter how much I dye every day, I don’t seem to be able to make a dent. It’s happening slowly though… colour is taking over the concrete grey room and eventually, we’ll be suffocated by colour. Yay.

Some of Saturday’s dyeing

I’ve been honest with myself and decided that I love dyeing silk… the vibrancy and saturation is just unparalleled with other fibres. Maybe dyeing BFL fibre comes close… or mohair locks… but honestly. I love silk.

Silk boucle. So so scrummy.

Dyeing is idiosyncratic sometimes. It can be unnerving but also so very interesting when you attempt to dye fleece a green colour… and it turns out to have purple in it.

Gotland fleece, preferential treatment from moss green dye stuff

For whatever reason, the dye stock separated as certain dye colours were drawn to different sections of the raw fleece. Green liked the tips. Reddish purple liked the shorn side. Very interesting. I like these kinds of surprises.

And we keep chugging away and dyeing every day.

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About Felicia Lo

founder + creative director of SweetGeorgia // designer + dreamer // wife + mama // dyer, knitter, spinner, weaver, youtuber + author // been writing this blog about colour and craft since 2004 // see what I am making @lomeetsloom and @sweetgeorgia.

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10 thoughts on “The little studio that could.

  1. JennyE says:

    Any chance you’re taking requests? I am still kicking myself for not stocking up on Kill Bill back when it was available. I loved that colorway!

    Your studio looks beautiful! Good luck with the new space.

  2. JennyE says:

    Any chance you’re taking requests? I am still kicking myself for not stocking up on Kill Bill back when it was available. I loved that colorway!

    Your studio looks beautiful! Good luck with the new space.

  3. Siew says:

    How exciting! That silk boucle looks absolutely fabulous. I’m with you on the colour saturation. Fabulous!

  4. Siew says:

    How exciting! That silk boucle looks absolutely fabulous. I’m with you on the colour saturation. Fabulous!

  5. sarah says:

    Those colors are beautiful! I didn’t know you could get such colors with natural dyes! WOW

  6. sarah says:

    Those colors are beautiful! I didn’t know you could get such colors with natural dyes! WOW

  7. cheryl says:

    Ohhh pretty pretty. That fleece is going to be so gorgeous all spun up!

  8. cheryl says:

    Ohhh pretty pretty. That fleece is going to be so gorgeous all spun up!

  9. pat jarvis says:

    WOW -nothing warms my heart more than rows of yarn – all that colour – all that fiber texture – all this will give your studio life – its like birth – you never really know what you will get but are excited anyway – its a new way of life !

    best pat

  10. pat jarvis says:

    WOW -nothing warms my heart more than rows of yarn – all that colour – all that fiber texture – all this will give your studio life – its like birth – you never really know what you will get but are excited anyway – its a new way of life !

         best pat
    

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