Thursday, February 11

Finished wool colors...........

Here are the finished wooly fabrics after they've been dried in the dryer and then ironed. Not everyone irons their wool or woolfelt as some like the "fluffier" look. I like to iron it. That's just my personal preference. Either way is fine. :-) In the photo below, you will see six pieces.......the top two are the wool/woolfelt pieces. The beige wool blend is on the left and ended up looking kind of like a color I would call "seafoam". Remember that I started with Bahama Blue by Dylon on all of these. The wool with the weave in it is in the center and my favorite pieces are the heavier wool cuts on the right. I had fun doing this and now I need to put them into a project.
Actually, I had so much fun dyeing the blue pieces that I decided to take some pink and rose woolfelt and have a little fun............
In the photo above, you can see the original pink woolfelt on the bottom, in the background. The rose colored woolfelt is in the top in the background. I decided to mix some Tulip Red by Dylon and dropped a length of pink and the rose in the red dye bath. The pink/red piece on the right is one of the results. The other two pieces got some added dye when I decided to also dip them in some Bahama Blue. I mixed only enough Bahama Blue to about an inch and a half of dye bath. Then I carefully set the pink/red "scrunched" ball (see thisPost for making the balls) and the rose/red "scrunched" ball into that dye bath but I did not stir it around. Instead, I simply let the "scrunched" ball set in the dye bath and soak up the blue color. I rinsed them all well and dryed them in the dryer. Color blends like those above are great for cutting flower petals, bird feathers, etc. or just for fun for a handbag or hat.
So there you have it..........lots of wooly fabric fun and so easy to do! Yes, it's a little bit messy but it really is alot of fun. I tried my first dyeing projects over 40 years ago. And yes, that dates me, but my mother dyed sheets, rugs, and all sorts of stuff and so my sister and I did it, too. I even used Rit dye for a Girl Scout project when we gathered dried milk-weed pods, grasses and basically "weeds" to color for fall arrangements. We did that one in buckets in the driveway. Give dyeing a try just once and see what pretty color you might get with a bit of cotton or wool fabric!!
A quick note and then it's time to turn in.........thanks for the responses to my decision to delete the tunes from my blog. I wasn't aware of the "dial-up" issue so it will be much better for many readers that won't have to wait for the music to load. I didn't lose the tunes myself, as I now have them as a "pop-out player" on my favorites list. :-)
I thought about posting a couple of snow pictures and then decided that some of you have seen plenty of it, so I will forego that for this post. Have a good day!!
Sandi

6 comments:

Crispy said...

Your pieces are really pretty. I like the seafoam one :0) It's still too much work and much easier to just buy hand dyes LOL.

Crispy

Owl Lady said...

I enjoy seeing the results of the different base colors and different dyes. My favorite is the light pink with red and blue areas. It made me think of tulips, although I don't know that I have ever seen tulips with that combination of colors.

ooglebloops said...

Great tutorials- thanks!! Question - when you rinse after dying- do you use cold water or hot or doesn't it matter?

Needled Mom said...

I love the color combinations! What fun you must have when playing with the dyes.

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Your dyed fabric is just beautiful Sandi!!

Hege-Annie Simonsen said...

Love these - beautiful colours and dyes!! :)

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