wool/silk batts and roving
  • i need advice on dyeing wool batts and wool/silk roving, mostly how to prevent felting. also why is no vinegar required in the direct paint methods?
  • Hi there,

    The trick to dying wool of any sort is the slow raising of temp to the necessary level and GENTLE moving around of the fiber during the dye process. You'll also want to allow the fiber to cool in the bath gradually.
    Regarding the vinegar question, because one steams it is not necessary to add the acid to the equation - I don't quite understand the chemistry of it all but I'll bet Paula Burch has a good explanation at her site.

  • thanks for the referal to paula's web site, i didn't know about it and it looks like it will be very helpful.