First I soak my already washed and processed white sheep curls in a white vinegar and water solution in a tub in the sink until they are saturated. This helps the dye to be colorfast.
Then I heat up my dye pot with water, a little more white vinegar and whatever color of fiber dye I'm going to use. When it is nice and hot I add the sheep curls making sure they are covered with the dye solution. I like to use a vegetable steamer to put the curls in when I'm dyeing small amounts because it makes it easy to lift them out and drain them before cooling them off.
After I take them out of the dye pot I cool them off for a bit before putting them through the final rinse to rinse off any excess dye.
Once I have completed the final rinse I put them in my washing machine and spin the excess water out using only the spin cycle. It is important not to agitate the fiber during the hand dyeing process or you may end up wit a blob of felted curls!
If it is nice weather outside, I dry the fiber on a net drying table I have set up outside. If it is rainy or stormy weather outside then I use a Hamilton Beach electric sweater dryer that came from Bed bath and Beyond a couple of years ago. It has four trays....perfect for drying these four colors!
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