Sunday, April 10, 2011

Still Spindle Spinning - Cotton!

My apologies for having just disappeared; some stuff came up, mainly needing to study for a math placement exam next month...and it's been over 10 years since I was in a math class!

Anyway, I've been dyeing and spinning cotton as of late. And here's what I have post dyeing class...

The first picture is of the various skeinlettes of EcoButterfly cotton I spun up before the dyeing class. I had intended to just try dyeing these skeinlettes in different colors, but when Donna was excited to show me that adding ammonia to some water and microwaving them would result in a rich brown (even without dye), I went along with it. But now I think I'll dye them on my own to see what I get - I just want to see what comes of these little skeins. I don't know if you can tell, but the biggest different among all these skeinlettes is the plying; they're all different types of plies...

The second picture is of some cotton lint that we dyed. Most of the dyeing from the class resulted in "cotton candy colors," particularly the roving/lint that was dyed. This isn't quite my cup of tea, but I have some ideas (and a book) to work on getting the saturated colors that I love. Certainly the softness and non-itchiness of the cotton yarns is worth the work to get the right colors!

Next up is the solid blue roving I dyed...just need to spin it up, now:)

Then we have some pre-spun skeinlettes I dyed in class. I'm not thrilled with the two on the right; those colors are not my favorite ... but those on the left, those are my favorite! Purples! And that's the deepest color I was able to achieve in the dyeing class:)

And finally, we have some skeinlettes spun after the roving was dyed and dried. These cotton candy colors are perfect for Angela, I think...

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