For the most part I love these dyes. They're easy, inexpensive and they produce gorgeous color. However,I absolutely CANNOT recommend the Colonial Blue. Every time I use it the color washes out. Even when using multiple colors on one roving, every color except Colonial Blue will set. It's frustrating, but I currently own 16 different colors and if 15/16 don't give me any issues, I'm happy.
I actually didnt start using country classics dyes until after I'd been dying for a while.I think these are the easiest dyes to use.They dont require anything except vinegar.They blend very well and give great color.the individual jars dye about 2lbs of fiber if mixed full strength every time.So if you blend colors like I do,they last even longer.At about [$] a jar,these are very affordable.I would reccomend these to beginners as well as seasoned dyers.I love them.
I loe country classic dyes. Love how much you get for the price and how easy it is to use. Most of my dyes are country classics except for the few colors I need from a different company.
I wish they would come out with a basic BROWN dye a little darker than chestnut.
I have been using Country Classics dyes for 3 years and swear by them for consistency in hue and even dyeing results. However I am very disappointed in the jar of Wild Iris, because it is a completely different shade from what it always has been! I am an indie yarn and fiber dyer, and repeatable colorways are a major part of my business. Hopefully this is just an off batch or shipment. The Wild Iris is one of my favorite colors and what came out of the jar is a lot more pink or berry looking. :(
I purchased quite a few of the colors of this dye. They are all true to their color card.
I used the kettle dying instructions. But nice results can also be produced by wetting the wool, handpainting it, rolling it up and letting it set for 24 hours. Colors are just as vibrant and I have not hand any trouble with them fading or running. May be helpful to use a vinegar rinse to set, but I haven't had to do that yet.
Also, tried these dyes without wetting the fiber first but using the method above. The result was a more varied shading with the color spreading more through the fiber in uneven patterns. The result actually as very pretty and spun up wonderfully.