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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.

June 12, 2018...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.
Rag Tag Pieces
occasionally
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
DYE SOPPERS
in my dyepots,  so I am using them
here also.
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.
Mill End Roving and Grab Bag Material we have sold for the past 10+ years.
We are able to purchase the
Wool  Grab Bag Materials
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
material
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
short pieces.  
Most of what
arrives here is
white, with some
of the roving
shown in the photo.
RIT DYES
Here is a photo of the first of the sorting of the many boxes and
bags of RIT Dye that I acquired.
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
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.
.  I am down to just a few of some colors, none of others, etc.  I
hope to have them all gone by the middle of June.
We are getting close to the end of the RIT and Putnam
Dyes.........and am filling the orders with whatever is
available....to finish up the selling of these dyes..

The dyelist below is not current....I will not have time to
remove items this next week, so will fill orders with the closest
possible color..if this won't work for you, please check back
later when I can get out to recheck the colors left.
RIT and PUTNAM DYES
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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
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.
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.
click links
below to
go to the
yarn
pages
PUTNAM DYES
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

#4  Bronze Green
#6  Bright Green
#7  Turkey Red
#10  Gray
#11  Tan
#12  Dusty Rose
#13  Orange
#14  Olive Green
#16  Golden Brown
#17  Pink
#18  Garnet
#19  Henna
#22  Forest Green
#24  Lavender
#25  Lt Blue
#26  Mahogany Brown
#28  Brandy Brown
#32  Jade Green
#33  Mulberry
#36  Gold
#37  Nile Green
#38  Silver Gray Green
Color Remover    
As with the Rit Dyes, I ignore
the washer instructions...
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 rinse
well...
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
clee@union-tel.com

Did you know...
Color Remover works
well when making a
Indigo Vat...
We have used it here
in our huge open fire
vat...
Please note that we are almost out of
all the Dyes...we will substitute the
closest possible color should we be
out of the one you have requested.