Today I have spun white wool without any color added. I have enjoyed it and noticed some interesting differences:
Hand painted wool is a somewhat harder to pre-draft. It is a little more course, but does not break easily. The non-painted wool is very soft. It is easy to pre-draft and spin, but it breaks easily. This makes sense because its fibers separate more easily. I also see more shedding on my pants from the white wool. I enjoy spinning colored wool the most. I love seeing the color of the yarn. It gives me something happy to look at while I am spinning. But spinning white wool is fun too. As I was spinning my Mom and I started to wonder about dyeing it. Since the fibers are twisted, if you dye it after it is spun, is it harder to get the fibers to take the color? What about consistent color? What is the difference between pre painted vs. dyed after spinning? I look forward to hearing if there is anyone with experience with these things.