Instructions for crock pot dyeing

Julie asked about my procedure for crock pot dyeing. This is what I do. REMEMBER TO DEDICATE THE CROCK POT TO DYEING. Take a permanent sharpie and write "DYE POT" or something like that on the outside of the pot. You can never use it again for food preparation or serving.

Procedure for Crock Pot Dyeing

1. Use warm-hot tap water with synthrapol to soak the wool.

2. Fill the crock pot with warm-hot tap water about half-way up the side.

3. Put the dye solution in the water in the crock.

4. Add the soaked wool.

5. Add more warm-hot tap water until pot is 3/4 full.

6. Stir.

7. Turn the pot on high for 30 minutes.

8. Remove the wool (unless you want blotchy wool) and add vinegar to the water.

9. Put the wool back in and stir.

10. Put crock pot on for another 30 more minutes.

11. Stir once or twice during this time.

12. Turn off the pot and let the wool sit until the water turns clear, usually overnight.


1. If you want evenly distributed color, do NOT pack the wool into the crock. Use less wool, more water, and stir more often.

2. If you want mottled wool, use more wool in the pot and pack the wool slightly. Use less water (just to cover the wool), and don't stir so much (or not at all).