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Posted - 01/17/2005 :  6:38:32 PM  Show Profile Send storiesr a Private Message
I am making the wine sack in Knit One,Felt Too and have a question about the grapes.
Do I dye my raw wool frist to get the purple color or can I felt the grapes and then dye them? I think I know the answer but really wanted to get the grapes done tonight and do not have what I need to dye....And can I dye the raw wool or do I need to go out and purchse purple/grape wool?
Patience, eh?


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Susan T-O
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Posted - 01/17/2005 :  7:21:16 PM  Show Profile  Visit Susan T-O's Homepage Send Susan T-O a Private Message
I don't have a lot of experience with felting--not on purpose, anyway--but I think you would be better off dying the wool first. I've always heard that the color takes better & lasts longer if it's "dyed in the wool."

And yes, you can dye raw wool. I usually use Kool-Aid when I want to dye my natural animal fibers.

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truly violet
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Posted - 01/18/2005 :  07:10:51 AM  Show Profile  Visit truly violet's Homepage Send truly violet a Private Message
you always could make an undyed core, then put a layer of the dyed over will probably not be as happy as with a totally dyed grape
so I would say if it were me, I would wait, dye it first then make them

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Chatty Knitter

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Posted - 01/20/2005 :  12:32:03 PM  Show Profile Send Allyn a Private Message
A question before the answer: When you say "raw wool" do you mean unspun or literally raw, unwashed, uncarded, uncombed and all? You don't want to dye raw in unwashed fleece... because the lanolin in the wool acts as a barrier against the dye. If you have roving or batts or washed locks, you can dye your wool and then felt or make your grapes and then soak them in a dye bath. It will take them a little longer to dry because they are compacted. You could even wet-felt them in a dye bath by using heat and agitation. No wrong ways, just different ones!


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