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Dyeing Bliss

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I was hesitant to venture into the world of dyeing wool because I thought that once I tried there was no turning back. Well, it turns out I was right about myself. I love to see the colors forming on the wool as I add the dye mixture to the almost boiling water, swirl it around and drop the wool in- just like magic- instantly changes and brings to life a new and different color

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With the new dye formula recipes that I am making up as I go along, I am never quite sure what the finished result will be, so the waiting is part of the fun and excitement. I have been diligently writing all of my recipes down and keeping a notebook of swatches so that I can theoretically reproduce those that I love, those that I think others might enjoy, or those that I am using in a project and need just a little bit more of. That happened to me this week. I crossed my fingers that I would get the color right again and voila! I did it- magic – such fun.

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My biggest problem with this new found love is the use of my kitchen- I have to share with my Father in law’s health care workers- so I am learning to work around them- working when they are not in the house and he is tucked in safely asleep. You don’t want to mix wool dyeing with food preparation anyway- so there it is- I am left to be a night dyeing experimenter.

IMG_2486My focus this week was mostly on reds, pinks and purples-hard to photograph but beautiful results! I have offered some in my shop since I have the recipes and can duplicate them if needed. Next I am going to the greens and yellows. There is always a need for greens in my work and a little yellow splash is usually welcomed.

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Keep watching, checking in and asking me questions- use some of these wonderful wools in your next project- I think you will be pleased.

Have a great weekend.

best,

Ellen

I reside and work in Bethel, Maine.

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2 Comments

  1. First of all I would like to say terrific blog! I had a quick question in which I’d like to ask if you don’t mind. I was interested to find out how you center yourself and clear your head before writing. I have had difficulty clearing my mind in getting my thoughts out. I do enjoy writing but it just seems like the first 10 to 15 minutes tend to be wasted simply just trying to figure out how to begin. Any ideas or hints? Kudos!

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