I had another post scheduled, it will be out on Wednesday, but I could not wait to share this Month’s Paradise Fibers Monthly Club Box. *SPOILERS* If you do not want any spoilers, just skip this post.
I was not going to go into the details of how to accomplish this but if you look you can find most of them. In essence you are extracting the dye from the tubes of the highlighters, then applying it to the wool. The more concentrated the dye the better the effects. To get to this point you need to put on gloves, pry the back of the highlighter off, and pull out the tube. I used scissors and pushed the end cap off, it is a wonder I didn’t break anything with the flying plastic.
After soaking for a while it looks like there is quite a bit of dye extracted from the highlighter ink tubes. The next time I try this, and I will be trying it again, I intend to just squeeze out the highlighter fluid instead of soaking it out.
I soaked the wool in the standard combination of water and vinegar to get the wool ready to accept dye.
I squeezed out the wool and put the dye on top. Things looked good, until I looked down the side of the containers.
The Dye did not reach the bottom of the wool. Some adjusting fixed this for the pink and the orange, but the yellow was too light to be effective. I took that piece of yarn and the left over orange and pink dye to form a variegated piece of wool.
When everything was dried the results were amazing. I have not had them under sunlight long enough to tell if they do fluoresce, but even if not they are very pretty to look at.
This box, in addition to this neat new dyeing technique, came with a pencil pouch, sheep sticker, sheep pin, Paradise Fibers backpack, four mesh bags, and four bumps of shredded sari silk (intended to make a tweed).
The colors of Sari Silk that I obtained are pictured below. These boxes are always an amazing value. I love them, and cannot wait to see what is in them each month.