Painted Wool Fabric
Over the weekend, I hand-painted swatches made from superwash wool and untreated wool. I used Lanaset dyes, which are acid dyes, as the painting medium. I started out by soaking the wool swatches in citric acid and synthrapol solution. While the swatches were wet (not dripping wet), I painted them with the acid dyes. I prepared solutions of the acid dyes by mixing the dyes with water. The swatches were steamed to set the acid dyes.
The swatches were made using Tunisian crochet. I compared the painted swatches to unpainted swatches. The textures were different. The painted swatches had a felted or boiled wool look and feel, whereas the stitches of the unpainted swatches were quite distinct.