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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 up 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.
March 14, 2018...at the moment we have a large supply on hand of both the Grab Bag
materials, and the Mill End Roving..in either Wool or Superwash. Please do remember
that Superwash does not felt...
|Rag Tag Pieces
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
These fibers also make good
in my dyepots, so I am using them
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
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
|Mill End Roving and Grab Bag Material we have sold for the past 10+ years.
We are able to purchase the Grab Bag Material
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, 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......$8.50 per pound for Grab Bag, 9.50 for Mill End Roving.
I often overdye this material using it to soak up excess dye in the big dyepots...sold as DYE SOPPERS.
We brought in approx. 50 lb yesterday, and all of it was Superwash......the mill end roving, both wool and Superwash
wool is PRESENTLY available and what we have is usually all white, occasionally striped or an assortment of
black/brown or white.
This will sell for $9.50 per lb. This also can contain some Superwash...it looks alike...so test before using for a large
felting project, we do our best to keep it separate....but cannot guarantee it.
We have more of Superwash Mill Ends/Grab Bag.
Some is Superwash Wool Roving, some is the Superwash/nylon sock roving pieces,
some is just in big chunks of the fibers
no choice in what is left......it sells for $9.50 per pound for grab bag, 10.50 for Mill End Roving.
We have a lot on hand just now..much of the white is a combination of superwash and nylon.....however the bags
that should be just superwash, we cannot guarantee are all superwash.......some pure white, some creamy white.
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 Superwash 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
Wish we still
could get the big
bags and bales of
Some 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
Here is a photo of the first of the sorting of the
many boxes and bags of RIT Dye that I acquired.
There is much more to be sorted and the colors
Some packets are very old, but we tried the dyes
and they are as good as ever.
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 fibers.
I paid a flat rate on the entire huge mess of boxes,
and found when unpacking them some had prices
much less, and some much more.
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 invoiced.
Click on the drop down menu beside the "add to
cart" button for the list of colors available.
We are getting close to the end of the RIT and
Putnam Dyes....When the weather gets a bit
warmer I will start a inventory and see if it is time
to do just a special offer.....and finish up the selling
of these dyes..
|RIT and PUTNAM DYES
|Rit Dyes.....$1.50 per box.
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CAROL LEE'S RIT DYE INSTRUCTIONS
RIT is a good dye, works well on the wool, silk, nylon, and cotton, although I
don’t find it as bright dye on Cotton as it is on the other fibers. I use 7 1/2
gallon pots, 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
toomuch 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, at least from me, (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.
|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.
go to the
Putnam dyes are a very old dyestuff. They come in a gelatin
package that dissolves in the hot water. Very easy to use, good
using very strong for fabric, yarn, or roving painting.
Price is $1.25 per package, shipping included.
We bought huge boxes of these dye packets, most have a metallic
wrapping, some wrapping may be damaged, but the dye is intact
in the gelatin covering..
good for wool, cotton, linen, silk, nylon and viscose
|As with the Rit Dyes, I
ignore the washer
I use lots more Vinegar
to set the colors.
And I like a long period
in the hot water
whenever possible. If
painting with the dyes, I
roll it in plastic wrap
and put it in the
Microwave for several
minute and a half
increments, turning it
over when I reset the
timer. Let it cool and
|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