Painting Knitting with Acid Dyes 1


Knitted Silk Shawl, painted with acid dyes.

Knitted Silk Shawl, painted with acid dyes.

Now this was fun.  A friend handed me what I considered to be a beautiful knitted pale blue silk shawl, and asked me to dye it.  I first considered dip-dying so I could get a value gradation, but realized that since it was crescent-shaped, that wouldn’t work.  She’d given me free rein as to hue, which is always “a challenge” (that is to say, terrifying).  I finally decided that I would dab a few different colors on the edges that would disappear once I dyed the whole piece.  Well, guess what?  I just kept going.  The fiber (may have had some wool also) seemed to joyfully receive the color.  Most fun I’ve had with dyes in a long time!

Knitted shawl, painted with acid dyes.

Knitted shawl, painted with acid dyes.


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