Originally Posted by Hildegard_von_Knittin
Does it matter if you dye before or after you spin? What would be the advantage/disadvantage of one over the other?
You can do it both ways. I just asked the woman I bought my wheel from (yes, I did pick it up today! I just need to stain it and then assemble it!)
She said that some fibers felt quicker than others and if you aren't careful you can felt the fibers if you dye them first. She suggested using the microwave to set the colors rather than the stove top if you dye the roving.
I am not sure at all what the advantages are to one over the other. I am sure they would produce different results.
I do know that if you plan on painting the yarn to make a self striping pattern then you need to paint the yarn.