Friday, September 5, 2008

Wool Dying

I had a go at dying wool for the first time the other day. It was fun experimenting with colour.

I mixed some of the dye powders together to give different tones of green, red and orange colours It's a bit of a lucky dip to how well it will turn out for a beginner. I threw in a few slips that I tie-dyed to used up some of the dye. I plan to use the wool for needle felting, probably for nature table dolls, to sell as well as the slips at Katie's school end of year fair. I found the arms hard to make on the doll. The arms that I did seemed a bit chunky so I hid them behind some flowers.

One day I would like to grow a garden for dying wool.

8 comments:

Yarrow said...

What a beautiful blog. Thanks for your comment on mine. I love hearing form people on the other side of Mother Earth. Gorgeous felting and stuff. Blessings.

Nicole said...

nice work, the tie dye looks awesome

Julie said...

Beautiful colours. These look like they will be well enjoyed.

Leah said...

Lovely dyeing - in fact, lovely blog! I'm so glad you left a comment - I've enjoyed reading yours. On the sock thing, Thuja is a great pattern (and so quick because it's thick wool)

Helen said...

Yes do have a dye garden they are fantastic places to have. You could always start off with a few pots.

Chooks'r'us said...

Anne - one of my favourite books is called Colour by Victoria Finlay. She traveled around the world visiting all the places where different pigments come from. It's a great read - especially thinking about the garden you would like to plant for dyes - what a lovely idea. It's published by Sceptre. I would love to have a go at dying things but it seems so hard!

walk in the woods said...

you are so talented. i love your blog and all your projects are beautiful. i will stop by often for a visit here.

Lynne said...

Gorgeous colours - well done. Missed you at the Guild meeting today.