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Monday, August 13, 2012

Sort of Science

Colour mixing is definitely not rocket science, but the spirit of experimentation is alive and well. I've been carefully controlling all but a few variables to come up with my shade samples. Here's my set up.
I have three sets of these--they're designed for home-made icy-poles. I've thrown away the lids with their built in sticks, leaving me with a set of tiny wells to receive my dyes, water, vinegar and wool. I'm dyeing samples that are about 1.5 metres long. Folded up they fit nicely into the available space, with plenty of room to move and colour evenly. The bank of itty bitty dye pots sits in a lunchbox of water. The whole thing goes into the microwave to heat up. The water bath helps to regulate the heating and keeps everything nice and warm for longer. Otherwise it would be too tricky with such small quantities. I've done half a dozen sets of these over the weekend. I'm happy with the way it's working out for me.

3 comments:

Knitspingirl said...

What a great set-up for small batches! Very clever. ;)

Dee said...

So that's how you do it - pretty cool technique.

Textile Tragic said...

Thanks and thanks! I must confess to feeling rather proud of my little set up. :)