My First Dye Job

In case you were wondering where mohair comes from.

Bluestem Pond

My goat’s first soft pile of sheared mohair is a pretty big deal, and I wanted to make it as beautiful as possible by dying it with a rainbow of color. I was aiming for a variegated mixture of blues, hot pink, and saffron yellow. I tried to follow the instructions meticulously, but clearly I learned a lot that I can improve on the next time.

20160909_154716I started with the clean natural color, soaked in a new pot I bought just for dying. I added vinegar to make the water acidic.

20160909_155904I added the four colors in a pie pattern, as instructed, pushing gently to the bottom of the pot so that all the hair would be touched with color. I was taking a chance because I’m not sure how I’ll intermingle the colors when I spin it so that it takes the best advantage of the colors in the mixture.

20160909_161526Now, I began…

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About charleymckelvy

Charles McKelvy lives and writes in southwest Michigan with his wife and fellow writer, Natalie McKelvy. They established the Dunery Press in 1988 in order to publish their own fiction. They continue to do so to this day. Charles McKelvy is an Eagle Scout.
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