THE DYEING PROCESS FOR THE SOCKMATICIAN EDITION YARN RANGE

A NOTE ON THE DYEING PROCESS


Six of the eight colourways in the range are monochrome dyed. In this case, that means that the yarn is conveyed through a dyeing tunnel, on a moving belt, where thirty-six ink jets spray the ink down on top of the yarn as it passes underneath them. Those six colourways are MONTAGNIER, CHAPPELL, GARLAND, FEATHERSTONE, BRUTON, and BAKER. MILK is undyed, and DeLARVERIE is a solid colour.

The individual jets can be programmed to deliver any colour that the CMYK spectrum can create, but in a monochrome (single-colour) process, they all spray dye that is exactly the same hue, just in varying concentrations.

I believe that for the Sockmatician Edition yarn range, we used saturation levels of between 75% and 100%, to keep the colours towards the deeper end of the scale.

This is what gives such a richly heathered aspect to the dyed yarn, with the many tones of the same colour all giving visual interest and life to the overall look of the finished project.




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