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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.
|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 as well
These fibers also make
in my dyepots, so I am
using them here also.
We do offer the dyed
sale on the
Wool Roving Page.
|Mill End Roving and Grab Bag Material we have sold for the past 8 years.
We are able to purchase the Grab Bag Material
in Limited quantities when the mill has it available. Yesterday we brought home 10 large bags of the 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......$8.00 per pound
I often overdye this material using it to soak up excess dye in the big dyepots...sold as DYE SOPPERS.
We brought in approx. 30 lb yesterday, the mill end roving is NOT OFTEN available anymore and what we have is
usually all white, occasionally striped or an assortment of black/brown or white.
This will sell for $9.00 per lb. This also can can contain some Superwash...it looks alike...so test before using for
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 $10.00 per pound.
We have some 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 it is all superwash.......some pure white, some creamy white.
The workers at the mill see it a waste and sometimes the wool top and the superwash waste gets mixed, so test to
be sure before you use it in a felted project.
The Superwash mill ends are often 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 tabulated.
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.
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|RIT and PUTNAM DYES
|Rit Dyes.....$1.50 per box.
Free Shipping with the USA only.
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 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, 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