I volunteer at our local elementary school for the “Magic Hands” knitting club. They are 5th and 6th grade students who meet each Tuesday after school to learn to knit and crochet. The instructor invites local fiber artists to meet with the kids and share their crafts. In April, an alpaca farmer will show them how to make felted soap using the alpaca fleece. I am preparing the fleece for the kids to use. And I’m having more fun than the law allows! After researching safe methods to dye fleece, I picked Kool-aid and Wilton cake decorating food coloring gel to be the best dyes to use. I’m getting amazing results.
This is alapca fleece on the top and Cormo sheep wool on the bottom dyed with cherry Kool-aid. It’s interesting to see how the different types of fleece takes on the color. And it smells good, too.Next up is alpaca fleece and Cormo sheep wool dyed with Royal Blue cake decorating gel. I had read that the blue dye will sometimes break down, depending on temperature, into reds and different shades of blue. That works out great! I am going to make one felted soap from the dyed fleece to check color fastness. I want to make sure the kids don’t go home with red and blue hands.