Yarn connoisseurs of Tumblr,
What type of dyeing technique is used to be a yarn to look all impressionistic painty.
So your hank is still 75% natural coloured but just little drops of colour making it look like each stitch is a different colour.
Also if you know of any tutorials on making yarn in this fashion that would be great.
Any help would be mighty appreciated.
Use lots of mordant, and have the yarn hot and wet but not immersed. So like take it out, let it drip until it’s just wet and not soaking, and lay it out on a table (well protected with trash bags or something) or in a large disposable baking tray. The high mordant concentration and heat will help the dye strike fast, and the relatively low water will keep it from traveling far.
Use an eye dropper (or similar tool) to add tiny drops of the color to the skein. Depending on how dense your skein is you may want to shove the eye dropper into the middle in spots so you don’t have big blank portions, or spread it out section by section and dye it that way. Just be careful because the dye can spread when you move the yarn.
Then roll the skein up in plastic and steam-set the dye, or put it in a black garbage bag in the sun, or in that large baking tray in a warm but not hot oven (if your oven has multiple pilots, just sticking it in there overnight may work). Try to move the skein as little as possible so the dye won’t spread.
Disclaimer: because I can only dye in my kitchen, I’ve only ever used food safe dyes, mostly McCormick food coloring with vinegar mordant. This advice may not hold for commercial acid dyes. And you sure as hell don’t want to put anything non-food-safe in your regular oven.