I know this really dates me, but does anyone remember the peacock and the line, “Brought to you in living color by NBC”? I don’t remember black and white tv, but I remember seeing the peacock!
So what does that have to do with anything? Well, I’ve been dyeing anything I can get my hands on. I love color. I’d purchased Lanaset dyes for dyeing wool, but then I saw this blog post. Leah was dyeing fabric, which required Procion dyes. Of course I had to try it, so I ordered more dye.
I had a whole bunch of black and white fabrics, some of which were left over from The Genius’ graduation quilt. They’re not black and white any more!
Here’s my favorite piece!
And another really cool one!
If you’re feeling the urge to try this, here are some great instructions on Patsy’s website. I’ve also found a lot more info on her site that may get me into more trouble in the future! I will say that dyeing cotton is much easier than dyeing wool. Wool needs to be steamed or microwaved to set the dye. I just dumped the cotton fabric all over my yard to let it dry. Then I washed and dried it and it was done!
A few weeks ago, I decided to try dyeing yarn with black walnuts. I wasn’t thrilled with the color. I started with this:
and turned it into this:
I did have some offers to buy the walnut dyed yarn, but by the time I read the comments, the yarn was soaking in the dye pot. I threw a hank of roving in with it, because it was a color I didn’t care for. I’m much happier with it now!
I have more “Brought to you in living color” stuff to show you, but I don’t want to over stimulate you with all that color! More soon.
Before I go…does anybody want to hear about my “real” life? The sewer pipe from our house to the street is clogged for the second time in a year. This family must be full of it!!! Be very thankful that you can’t smell my house right now. It’s only 35 degrees this morning, but I may bundle up and sit outside and knit. Maybe the local coffee shop would be a better idea.
It’s so bad, the dog is in my bed hiding under the blankets.
Oh……white dog! She could use a little color.