So I had a brainstorm and scrounged around for some cardboard toilet paper rolls.
I wrapped a bunch of DMC floss around the tube. I have a cone of it. Believe it or not, I found it on Overstock.com for a really good price.
I secured the end with a staple.
The next step was to soak it in the soda ash solution.
I dissolve 1/2 cup of soda ash in 1 quart of warm water. Soda ash is essential in making sure that the dye is permanent.
I repeated this with two other colors of dye.
And then the whole thing gets wrapped and put aside to set overnight.
After washout, look at those beautiful colors.
And just in case you wonder what I use them for, I do hand stitched fusible applique. The variegated colors add another layer of interest and texture.
Have you heard that they are going to eliminate that cardboard roll inside of toilet paper to save a few cents? Actually it does make sense in terms of saving trees - lots of trees. But we better start saving them for future thread dyeing!