Wildfire Orange Spinning or Felting Fibre
Wildfires have become a scourge, but this colour is exquisite as the wildest shade in the Fire Element in the Elements Collection. Its saturated red orange is tempered with smoky grey.
:: 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, usually yielding a smooth variation in colour and saturation, but in this case, the reds strike before the yellow, and because the water is very hot when the grey glaze is added, it pools and blends to create an almost green shade in places.
- Untreated merino takes the dye more quickly than BFL, yielding spots of pastel and spots of more intense colour.
- Superwash treated merino blended with silk takes up the reds quickly, leaving the other shades to slowly deposit. This yields patches of red interspersed with pastel orange and yellow, punctuated with grey smoky billows.
- Superwash treated merino blended with tencel yields a more uniform, deeply saturated orange, punctuated with the smoky grey, 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