Saturday, October 22, 2011

dyeing (and drying) the rainbow


I found two bottles of dye in my workspace this week that I had forgotten about completely. (you do this too, right?)  There was a turquoise blue and a yellow and I really needed some more yellows in my arsenal so I grabbed some wool and did some dyeing.  I have just a bit of undyed wool left, but by dyeing over some dyed wool that I had on hand already, and had too much of in some cases, I was able to get a pretty wide spectrum of colors.  It was a good way for me to use up the two bottles of dye and to get some mileage from my existing stash o' wool.


Some day I hope to use only naturally dyed wool in my work, I think it's part of my path, but I have to admit I love seeing these bright colors hanging on the line.


Have a colorful day!

14 comments:

Kathleen said...

so beautiful! i agree color makes everything better

Laura said...

That's beautiful!

MamaAngel said...

Gorgeous! Do you source your wool from somewhere local? I want to transition that direction first, there is a place pretty close by I can get wool rovings!

vrouw Hommel said...

so beautiful to see all that colours.

Lisa at lil fish studios said...

Thanks everyone!

Angel - I buy undyed locks in bulk locally and I've found a few local places that sell roving too. I had been buying wool from a supplier who sold Colonial Mills wool, which is not local and still have a lot of it left over. I've been working through the old stock and replacing it with local stuff as I go. I just have so much of it that it's taking me a while to get through it. There are instances though where I need a certain type of wool and can't find it locally so then I'll buy from someone on Etsy.

kristin said...

that must have taken HOURS!! i love,love,love to see that sun shinning through. oh happy days are autumn days filled with lots of sunshine.

Patricia said...

I love happy bright colors!!!

Kris said...

Don't feel bad...we love those brilliant colors too. :) Anyway, not all of the colors in nature can be derived from organic sources. Lovely photos.

Marilyn said...

facrat....wish I lived closer to you... :)x

Brittan said...

i love the colors! what kind of dye did you use? can't wait to see what you make with it all!!!

Margie Oomen said...

i do love natural dyes but sometimes the brightness and brilliance of synthetic dyes is really awesome too
(thank god for chemists)

Cozy Memories said...

so very pretty
and I feel the same way as you
I wish I could use naturally dyed fibers/fabrics exclusively
oxox

k said...

ooh i love seeing all your bright colours too - they are so cheering in these increasingly monotone days, even if not naturally dyed.

Kitten's Lost Her Mittens said...

That's lovely! It's so cheerful.
x Katherine

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