Lake McDonald Blue Spinning or Felting Fibre
Lake McDonald in West Glacier, Montana, is magical, and it just had to be included in the Water Element in the Elements Collection. Its decadent blue is enchanting.
:: 4 oz.
:: Milled worsted top
:: All fibre bases are delightful as spinning fibre
:: BFL and untreated merino are beautiful felting fibre. Superwash treatment is meant to prevent felting, so the merino/tencel and merino/silk blends are not a good fit for felting.
I've dyed several fibre bases with this colour recipe, with fascinating results.
- BFL allows the dye to swirl for longer in the water, yielding a smooth variation in colour and saturation.
- Untreated merino takes the dye more quickly than BFL, yielding spots of pastel and spots of more intense colour. The varied blue shades I used to create this colour are more distinct, as well.
- Superwash treated merino blended with silk takes up the navy blue quickly, leaving the other shades to slowly deposit. This yields patches of blue interspersed with pastel periwinkle and white.
- Superwash treated merino blended with tencel yields a uniform, deeply saturated wool, while the tencel rejects the dye completely, remaining a glistening white.
Each of these fibres is sourced from a Canadian mill, and dyed in my Edmonton home studio space. Find out more about my work by visiting falseholly.com