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katiebug081504
12-17-2007, 02:49 PM
I bought some undyed roving from etsy so that I could dye it myself. Should I spin it first, or dye it first?

*KnitPixie*
12-17-2007, 03:37 PM
I would dye it first so I could see the beautiful color work up into beautiful yarn:teehee: That and I think personally its easier to dye roving than yarn:wink:

mullerslanefarm
12-18-2007, 09:28 AM
Either is fine.
Depending on what type of roving it is, it may felt a little if you dye the roving making it harder to draft.
Are you dyeing a solid color or multi-colored?
If multi-colored, do you want specific spacing on the final yarn? If so, dyeing the yarn might be better.
I dye both ways and do not have a true preference - it all depends on what I plan on doing with the final yarn.

photolady
12-19-2007, 11:38 AM
Either is fine.
Depending on what type of roving it is, it may felt a little if you dye the roving making it harder to draft.
Are you dyeing a solid color or multi-colored?
If multi-colored, do you want specific spacing on the final yarn? If so, dyeing the yarn might be better.
I dye both ways and do not have a true preference - it all depends on what I plan on doing with the final yarn.

It looks, from your site, that you're quite a professional. Did you make that spindle yourself? Is it hard to spin yarn?
i'd like to try it sometime.
I saw a little hand spindle yesterday, looked like a tinkertoy. My brother, who lives in Wisconsin, told me about a kind of Renaissance Fair he and his wife went to,and he saw spinners there. Hand and wheel. Wheels are too expensive for me, though.

mullerslanefarm
12-19-2007, 03:11 PM
Hardly a professional, but Thank You!
My husband Paul has made a lot of my smaller equipment, including a number of spindles:
http://www.mullerslanefarm.com/spindle110107f.jpg

Picker
http://www.mullerslanefarm.com/pickerpix2.jpg

and a warping board:
http://www.mullerslanefarm.com/warpboard3.jpg