I’ve been doing some modern dyeing, but for a Viking purpose: much more of the insane silk for a larger project. I want to end up with enough for the front of an apron dress. I’m thinking, oh, 300 cards.
Nice bright Viking colors. Those are two-yard skeins, and each is 1,000 yards. Except for the blue – that’s 1,500. This silk is demon-possessed, I’m sure of it. I’ve made horrible messes with previous dyeing experiments. This time, I will win. There are ties every 3 inches, I was ridiculously careful with the dyepot and the rinsing, and I used those nifty giant twist ties.
Shortly after I read a post by Leigh on using large rings made of coathanger wire covered in taigon tubing to hold dye skeins (I think it was Leigh, but I can’t find the original post right now – apologies!) I found this pack of silicone-covered wire twist ties in my local grocery.
They’re boilable, bakable, and completely sealed. I had a little bit of trouble with the silk getting caught in the knot, but with larger threads (or ones not demon-possessed), that would not be much of a problem. They worked great as handles. The silicone doesn’t transmit heat well at all, so I can handle them directly from the dyebath. That alone was worth the moderate expense of purchasing these (about $15 for the set – via an online supplier I know nothing about). If you do a lot of dyeing of skeins, especially fine threads, these are worth considering.