Last Saturday our Wasatch Woolpack Handspinners Guild had a cellulose dye day. Thanks to one of our members So Many Ideas, So Much Fiber, So Little Time, who generously donated the dyes, several of us were able to experiment. I had several things I wanted to dye but I have wool dyes that will not work on cellulose fibers.
Dug out from the stash:
1 lb of Ingeo (corn fiber)
1 lb of Silk Latte (milk protein fiber)
A rayon chenille wrap segment that I wanted to dye using the turned Ikat technique.
This is the ingeo, I used a low water immersion technique. The idea was to have defined areas of each color and some blend in between.
This is the turned Ikat warp. The red is richer in person, I have yet to take out the ties. As Bonnie Tarses said, the wrapped areas are hard as hoses. I know there is some yellow and orange under the plastic but there are definite white areas where I wanted them to be.
Silk Latte, the colors are exactly the same we used for the two previous ones. But this fiber did not take as much dye. It came out in lovely pastel colors. I made a huge crochet chain with the roving and dyed it with sponge brushes. It is going to take a lot of drafting to spin this one, but the colors are pretty enough that it will not be a problem.
Next: find the time and dress the loom using the dyed warp section and the rest of the yarn that was left white.