Dyeing Experiment: How Different Breeds of Wool Dye Differently

Dyeing Experiment: How Different Breeds of Wool Dye Differently

This video was inspired by Kouture crochet’s Kickstarter project of producing a line of handspun single breed yarns. http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/karia/handspun-single-sheep-breed-yarns Kouture Crochet provided the handspun Merino, Texel, Wesleydale and Devon for this project. I spun the remaining handpun yarns myself. (This is my first time dyeing handspun yarns!)

In most of my dyeing videos, I am dyeing some type of wool. Usually this is Peruvian Highland Wool, but I have had very little experience working with yarns of other breeds of sheep. Before starting this experiment, I had no doubt that I would be able to dye the different breeds of wool with food coloring, but I wanted to see if one of them stood out from the rest as easy to dye. This dyeing video looks at dyeing handspun Merino, Devon, Wesleydale, Texcel, Bluefaced Leicester (BFL), Corriedale and some unknown wool. I also looked at two commercial yarns, one Peruvian Highland Wool and one Wool/Acrylic/Nylon Blend. Finally, I tested some handpun Dog fur (likely from a Samoyed or other long haired white dog) to throw a different animal fiber into the mix.

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Kouture Crochet’s Single Breed Yarn Kickstarter – http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/karia/handspun-single-sheep-breed-yarns
Kouture Crochet’s Etsy Shop – http://www.etsy.com/shop/kouturecrochet

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