Saturday, February 8, 2014
New batch of hand dyed thread, Bright Greens. The flower hairclip is tatted from the same thread.
A reminder that I hand dye in small batches, and preparation begins with winding the thread into skeins. For those who aren't familiar with the word, skeins are big circles of thread, a form that prevents tangling and provides maximum surface area so the dye can reach all of the thread.
Then, I prepare the dye, and paint it onto the thread using a brush. I wrap it in plastic and let it "cure" (the thread and dye react together for a while). Then, I rinse the thread, let it dry, and twist the skeins so they'll look pretty to sell.
Since it's just me doing all the work, each batch is small, unique, and when it's gone...it's gone.