Roving Adventures: Steam Setting

As I walked in the door triumphantly with my 33 quart enamel ware canner I got super cheap at Goodwill, I had prepared my explanation about how useful it would be when I had my future garden or got a good deal at the farmer’s market to preserve the theoretical fresh produce. The justification for buying a pot too large to even fit through our cabinet doors, if we even had the cabinet space in the first place (we don’t) was loaded and ready.

My very intelligent boyfriend was not fooled.

“You’re just going to use that to dye stuff, aren’t you?”

Yes. Yes I am.

This was my first true venture into steam setting – I tried to do it in the dye crockpot once but it was a pain in the ass. The resulting roving from the crockpot steam was pretty, but not as dark as I intended.

“Mermaid Hair”

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I also very much enjoy hot pour / kettle dyeing for the analogous colors, like with “Kelp Me Out” and the more recent “Pumpkin Bread”…

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Update! I have since learned, in my roving adventures, that steam setting is the best way to produce professional results – and I now exclusively use this technique! Kettle dyeing is an inferior method where wool roving is concerned.

I’m thrilled with how my two latest batches came out…

“Ardor”

Ardor3

Ardor1 Ardor2

“Witching Hour”

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WitchingHour3 WitchingHour2

I can’t wait to spin these. Unfortunately they are pretty far back in the “to spin” pile. I guess I need a wheel!

-MF

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