What to do on a wet and miserable day? Dye of course! Which is exactly what I did…I hauled out the wool that I had bought on my holiday and set to work!
I used a medley of dyes…no I didn’t mix them but I did want to try all of the different brands…I had Cushing, Gaywool and an Acid Dye that Claire lent me (G & K Craft). Gaywool was by far, the most expensive…for a medium pill bottle size (2.5” or 6.5cm) it was over $20! This wool hobby is not cheap…but then again, there is nothing cheap about anything sewing..is there?
So boil, boil, toil and trouble…TROUBLE? Nah…no trouble here!
Out came the rubber gloves, newspaper and dyeing supplies…
This colour is called Turkey Red and I loved it!! This was my last batch…you can see that I have used up a lot of the water…
Next came the green…pea soup anyone?? Yum!
Then came brown and then a final dip in black! I really wanted some big chunks of dark mottled brown/black for backgrounds. The Wool Lady was selling this background black/brown wool…gorgeous stuff but VERY pricey!! I bought a small piece and love it BUT it was $22…and did I mention small…So now I want to recreate my own…only BIG pieces! Here it is…now the flash highlights anything light…it is MUCH darker in real life!! Almost black with brown highlights…yup, I did a happy dance!!
I over dyed this green piece…I know it LOOKS like I spilled ink on it but in REAL LIFE it looks like it’s a subtle mottled black with bits of green plaid showing through. Yup, another happy dance here…
Ahhhhhh red…Turkey Red…Strawberry Red…Lovely mottled RED!!
Now if you don’t work with wool, you are probably wondering WHY I want splotches?! It’s called mottled wool and gives a whole different dimension to your wool work. The petals on flowers look more real when they are mottled…or leaves look more like leaves when there is a variation of green.
And the greens… ahhhhhhh!!!! I could have done this all day… BUT…the dogs wanted a walk…(you KNOW that LOOK!) and well the kitchen looked like a wool bomb had gone off!! But not a bad days ‘work’ on a rainy morning!!
As far as the different brands of dye go…they ALL worked great! They were easy to use and I got great colours!
Have a Thrilling Thursday and Happy Quilting!~P