Most of us have wool we don't particularly care for and wonder why we bought it. Yet wool can always be changed by over dyeing with dye, marrying wool in a pot with soapy water or sandwiching different colors of wool together, twisting and tying before putting in a pot of soapy water. I've done all those techniques at one time or another and have posted the results on this blog. So here are the subjects of today's efforts.
Basic Instructions: I presoaked the wool with very warm water with Ivory (no bleach) soap. The pot of wool was then placed on my range with high heat until it was steaming but NOT boiling. The temp was turned down low so that it would simmer NOT boil for at least an hour.
From time to time I'd push and turn the wool in the pot to help release some color. Slowly the color would get a bit darker. When I was confident there was no more color to be released put in about half cup of white vinegar as the mordant so the wool would absorb and keep the color. Again I moved the wool about in the pot and let it simmer about 15 minutes more.
The pot of wool cooled down on the range with NO heat while I ran my errands. Then rinsed the wool, spun out the remainder of moisture in my washer and put in the dryer under low temperature with a couple fluffy towels. Thought about hanging to dry outside but it was rather cloudy outside.
As one would expect there was no significant change in the dark plaids and just subtle changes in the other.
Hope you have a great Wednesday evening. Now back to work on my Goat.