Dyeing for Dolls
Lately a splash of colour to doll hair has been calling me. With Valentine’s Day on the way I have been immersed in pinks and am feeling like making a doll with pink hair. Yes, pink hair! Normally I just use classic hair tones and sometimes a mix of them, but I am going pink! This morning I dyed some pinks & purples on my stove using Ashford dyes one skein at a time; undyed wool, mohair and mohair boucle are now drying:
~ pinks and purples drying indoors~
How do I do they dyeing? First I make skeins of yarn, if they come in balls I wind them into skeins. Then I put a pot (an enamel post just for dyeing) of water on to heat. Ashford dyes are then measured in small amounts in a separate little jar, and added to the pot of water with some vinegar. The yarn is washed under water in the sink and left to soak. After 15+ minutes it is ready to go in the dye, I put it in the pot and stir with stainless steel tongs. Once it’s done, I gently remove it and rinse it well under the tap, squeeze gently to dry and hang up to finish drying.
Here’s a skein freshly removed from the pot ready for rinsing:
~just dyed and ready for rinse~