How to Wash Wool and Fiber

Wash Wool and Fiber correctly…. without felting it! I was going through my old posts the other day and realized that my tutorial for how to wash wool and fiber is totally inadequate. That was a special — washing wool with rainwater — post. Well, the timing is perfect since I just bought a bunch […]

Thoughts on My Favorite Fiber & Yarn Dyes

It kind of fascinates me how the different colors of fiber and yarn dyes (and different brands) behave. Some are easy to dissolve, and others are not. Some will completely change color over time, others don’t. My preferred dyes for fiber and yarn are Jacquard Acid Dyes but Cushings has a few colors that I […]

Why is Alpaca so much harder to wash than Wool?

I should say why is alpaca fiber so much harder to GET CLEAN. I wash and wash and wash that stuff, sometimes up to 10 washes and it never seems to get completely clean.  Sheep wool, on the other hand, gets nicely clean after about 3-4 washes. See! Nice and fluffy and CLEAN!!  Well, I […]

Do Fiber Dyes go bad? Well, it depends…

Depends on what you mean by ‘Bad’. I tend to dye large quantities of yarn or fiber at a time so I’ll mix up 1/2 gallon batches of each color. Most of the time, there will be some dye left over. As it sits in the bottle, things happen. Some colors, like Kelly Green will […]

Did ya know? Soap residue can degrade your fiber over time.

Yup. Tis true. Leftover soap in your yarn, fiber or finished wool pieces can break down the fibers. But there is an easy, inexpensive way to counteract this. Vinegar! Of course, it’s the next best thing to duct tape, right? After washing your fiber, soak it in a bowl of water with a splash of […]

Moths in your wool fiber, now what??

Do you have moths in your fiber or yarn stash? Also read: More Wool Moth Prevention Tips So you took all of the precautions in storing your fiber… washed it and carefully put it in an open, airy place with dryer sheets or herbal sachets and yet, you have wool moths.  What to do?? First, […]