Monday, July 22, 2019

A Fail...

 This is known as a break--it is when you carefully dye your wool with colors in this case, 
blue, a primary color and then a secondary color-orange made of yellow and red;  
these are the colors you blend to get a sage green. 
 The pot of wool was a beautiful sage green, so I turned off the heat 
and let the pan of wool and water cool. 
 When I took the lid off several hours later-I had a shock!  
The colors had some greens but the orange had separated into red and orange--
not what I wanted at all!!!!!
I have hand carded a few handfuls and you can clearly see a gold, dark green and a red.
Now if I were to card these on the drum carder to make a batt, 
I will have a batt of mud colored wool.
I can only try to keep the areas of wool separate 
and then hope to over-dye after I have spun it into yarn.

Sometimes you get what you want and sometimes you don't!
I will be carding and seeing what I can spin later today!


  1. Wow....that's the most extreme break I've ever seen. I dyed this weekend too and my Jacquard purple and olive always does that to a certain extent but never with that many colors. It's pretty but I get how hard that is going to be to card.

  2. Hmmm, I have no idea what happened. I don't dye or spin or card or any of those things - lol.

  3. The colors separate are pretty ........hope it all works out.

  4. DESIGN FEATURE! Dye-ing is Dye-cy.

  5. We had a few dyes with a tendency to break and do weird things. We got rid of them because they were so unreliable!

  6. I see a lot of potential in the wool! Don't lose heart

  7. Wow! That is really a break isn't it? Although I think it's a very pretty fall color I can see where carding will be complicated.

  8. But they are so gorgeous on their own!!!! But then, not what you wanted.

  9. Well, that’s interesting! Can you make a big pile of each color and then card each color group separately? They are each pretty fall colors...

  10. It all looks beautiful from my end. Good luck.


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