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|We travel to the mill every 4-6 weeks. The mill is a 500 mile round trip from our home, so it is a day spent gathering
the fibers we bring home. It is always fun to make the trip, and to see what will be in the boxes this time.
Wish we were still getting all that lovely white fiber and rovings again,
but happy for the mill to have improved production so there is less of the "mill end waste" for them.
Jan. 18, 2019...at the moment we have a large supply on hand of both Wool and Superwash in the
Grab Bag materials, and the Superwash Mill End Roving....Please do remember to test several samples
of the fiber when it arrives...Superwash will needlefelt, but does not wet felt...age is making it hard for
me to do the sample hand wet felting...so you must do it to be sure. Also note that either of the Grab
Bag Materials makes good stuffing for pillows or toys.
are there for the
Grab Bag Sales.
Grab Bags materials are mostly big
chunks as you see in the photo, but may
be gray or brown or dyed colors as well
These fibers also make good
in my dyepots, so I am using them here
We do offer the dyed dyesoppers for
sale on the
Wool Roving Page. Both the Superwash
and the Wool can be spun making a
interesting one of a kind yarn...
Yesterday all the bags were of
Superwash. Very little of the Mill End
Roving....but lots and lots of the
Superwash. Superwash makes excellent
stuffing as your item can be washed and
dried..the straight wool will shrink or
felt...the Superwash Wool will not.
|in Limited quantities when the mill has it available. We often bring home 10 or more large bags of the Wool and/or
Superwash Grab Bag Material, THERE MAY BE SOME OF BOTH IN THE BAGS...PLEASE TEST FOR YOURSELF....
so just now we have a good supply on hand.
Grab Bag Material is NOT in roving form..it is chunks, twists, pieces, and sometimes what we used to call bells....all
good fiber but it generally requires work on your part to sit down and spin....we cannot guarantee that it will all be
straight wool as sometimes the mill hands toss superwash fibers in there as well, so test before a large project.
As before it is sold by the pound......$9.50 per pound for Grab Bag materials.
I often overdye this material using it to soak up excess dye in the big dyepots...sold as DYE SOPPERS.
We bring in this fiber in large bags...... Few Wool Mill End Rovings available at the moment so we are selling it all
together as Grab Bag. This offer may also can contain contain both Superwash and/or Wool Top...it looks alike...so
test before using for a large felting project, we do our best to keep it separate....but cannot guarantee it.
It is what it is....check it out for yourself if you are wet felting...it all needlefelts nicely.
...some pure white, some creamy white occasionally some color. The workers at the mill see it as waste product and
sometimes the wool top and the superwash waste gets mixed, so test to be sure before you use it in a felted
project. I check a small piece before I use the material to be sure it is either the wool or the Superwash fibers..
The mill ends are occasionally in colors.....very mixed, and fun to spin or blend. Some of the roving might be in
colors, or stripes as well.....it is all in big bags shoved in a bin, and we pull it out, pack and ship...
|The photo to the
left is what we
used to bring
home in years past.
Wish we still could
get the big bags
and bales of this
Little of what we
have looks like the
photo, some does
not. It is all good
wool fibers and
there are many
uses for this
material, but you
must work with it
Most is white, and
Most of what
arrives here is
white, with some
of the roving
shown in the photo.
|We will do our best to send the color you request, but that might
not be possible. Most has been sold, and we are trying to get
orders filled and out. We will fill it with the color requested if
possible and the next closest color if not possible.
I will put a note below as to how to best use the dye on your
fibers. The directions on the box will not give you the best and
brightest color using up all the dye, especially on your wool
I paid a flat rate on the entire huge mess of boxes, and found
when unpacking them some had prices much less, and some
So we settled on a price that would cover the dye, the costs
getting it to my house, and the costs getting the dye to your
house. Outside of the Continental USA, shipping will have to be
. I am down to just a few of some colors, none of others, and a
very few there are lots...etc. I hope to have them all gone by the
middle of June.
We are getting close to the end of the RIT....am filling the orders
with whatever is available....to finish up the selling of these dyes..
The dyelist is pretty well current, 7/2519 and will try to keep up
with it. When these dyes are sold I will not be getting in
anymore. Thanks to those of you who have bought them, hope
you had fun with them and got good color. I sure did!!!
|RIT and PUTNAM DYES
Shipping included within the USA
Outside the USA postage must be added...
RIT is a good dye, works well on the wool, silk, nylon, and cotton, although I don’t
lots of simmering hot water….around the 120-140 degree range, pour in the vinegar.
In these pots I pour in around 1/3 of a gallon of vinegar……measuring is not my
thing, just pour the glug, glug, glug and tip up the jug once in awhile to see how
much is gone. Vinegar and wool, nylon, and silk work well. The Rit package will tell
you it dyes 2 lb. I also tend to ignore that. I like bright colors…….but then I also like
to dye by pouring the dry dye on the layers of fibers or yarns, and then pouring the
hot vinegar water down through the middle of the dye lines, letting it blend out into
the other colors…….so I use plenty of dye, plenty of vinegar, (AT LEAST A CUP PER
PACKAGE OF RIT DYE.....I use about a quart or more per 7 gallon dyepot) and plenty
of water, very hot water. You also need some way to let that pot sit with heat under
it, often overnight, but check the water color……..have had it suck up all the color
almost instantly. Then we come to lifting and turning the fiber or yarn. Do NOT stir.
Lift, poke, turn over. I go to the woods, find a right sized stick that fits my hand and
my strength. I poke that fiber a lot, lift it a lot and turn it over. If it looks like you
really put in too much dye..or I need it in a hurry…….here comes the grab bag stuff,
poke it down the sides, shove it in underneath, it will soak up excess dye and there
you have it…….dyesoppers!! I sell a lot of them, almost always from a pot I need
dyed in a hurry. Rarely ever do I have a hint of dye left in a pot come morning. RIT
is fun, cheap, (if we can figure the shipping costs down) and available easily. It is
just that their directions are concocted in the labs by the scientists…I am not a
scientist…I am a Great Grandmother who has been messing with dyes since I was
14 or so…..hated my white glasses, wanted them blue….worked pretty well too, the
lenses did not dye, but the frames did.
RIT is known as a “union” dye, and that means it will dye either cotton or wool. But
traditionally that also means, it leaves some color in the pot and so I developed the
above method to use up all the color completely.
Due to a rude and ignorant customer, we have decided to discontinue the
sales of these dyes. I will use them myself for my projects. I will leave
the dye information up for awhile for anyone to use.
|Read all information pertaining to the product you are buying. Particularly about
Superwash....it does occasionally get mixed up with the straight wool. We do our best
to not send a mixed bag, but sometimes it is nearly impossible to tell apart. Try felting
a small piece before starting a large felted piece.
|If you have a good use for Color Remover, we have quite a bit left from this massive purchase of the Putnam and Rit
Dyes. Any suggestions for uses such as painting dye remover on a predyed fabric or shirt, laying it in the sun for awhile
and then rinsing to remove the color under the painted area...we would love to hear your ideas....need to move these
packages of the dye remover..Also the Color Remover can be used to reduce your Indigo Pot...we have used it here
|Did you know...
Color Remover works
well when making a
We have used it here
in our huge open fire