Well our Snowbirding PLANS have changed! We have bumped up our departure day to December 11th…rather than our usual date of December 29th! The kids are all scattered this Christmas so we thought we might as well scatter too!! Why sit at home looking at a decorated tree…wondering WHY we are sitting here in the rain and cold when we could be down south in THE SUN and THE SAND!
So that gives me exactly three weeks to prepare for our travels…sew what do I do first? Why I get out my dye pot of course!
I NEED yellow/gold wool for a project that I want to finish off while in Desert Hot Springs…I only need a small piece of yellow wool… but no one sells wool around here so I dye my own!
I know this looks BAD…Breaking Bad’s Walt White has nothing to worry about…the ‘white stuff’ in the plastic bag is citric acid (vinegar works fine too). It helps to set the colour.
I’m using Cushing’s Perfection Dyes..I have three shades of yellow…Lemon, Old Gold and Gold.
These are my ‘dyeing wools’…neutrals with a bit of checks for texture…I wish I had bought bigger pieces! (I always say this!!)…I got these off the bolt from Melvina (Hollyhock Hills) and they are GORGEOUS!!! Her prices are the cheapest by far ($19.50 a yard!!) and they are the SAME wools that you would pay BIG buck for from the other wool dealers!! Check her out…you won’t be sorry!!
Nice hey…this last piece of wool is a bit wrinkled…but that happens to the best of us!! :o(
So I cut off small pieces…and wet them (they have already been washed).
Got my three dye pots going…lemon (left pot), gold (right top) and Old Gold (bottom right).
Plunked in my wee bits of wool…and simmered!! Ahhh the smell of wool…music to my nose!! It was about this time that Hubby came into the kitchen…wondering what wonderful concoction I was whipping up for dinner? Dinner??!…I told him to go over to Janna’s house!! :o)
Yikes…the Gold was too orange…so that wool got transferred quickly to the Old Gold pot which was too brown…Lemon Yellow was too pale…so off it went to Old Gold!! Then all three pots got combine…ahhh… just right!! ‘Gold’ilocks was HAPPY!!
Then off to the sink all the wool went for a wash and a rinse…and then off to the clothes dryer!
I also tried Rit Liquid Dye…which I bought at WalMart in Palm Springs last winter. The colour was tan…
Simmer…simmer…I ended up adding the whole bottle but that’s OK because this stuff is cheap!!
Now my camera flash makes this look WAY lighter but this mottled dark brown will make a wonderful background piece…LOVE IT!!
Yup…I will definitely be buying more RIT!!! WalMart here I come!! (I’m not sure if WalMart carries it in Canada? It’s worth a check..)
And here are my small pieces of yellows…like the brown wool, the flash of the camera makes these colours look brighter and lighter than the actual are…
I LOVE this one…Can’t you see sunflower petals with this one?
Here’s my stack of yellows…I will over dye that orange piece (third from the top) but the rest are great! That’s the joy of dyeing…if you don’t like a colour you just ‘over dye’ with another colour! But that will have to be for another day…because
…Rylie wants to play…!
Yes, Rylie it’s YOUR turn now!! Sheesh!
And yes, we will DEFINITELY be taking your piggie and your ball and your dish and your blankie and your stuffies and your cookies and your…sister! Can’t forget her…or can we? Nooooo….never!!
Thanks for stopping by…I hope that you are dyeing to come back…and soon!~P