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Brought To You In Living Color


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.


Author: mariajhmom

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10 thoughts on “Brought To You In Living Color

  1. Oh No – Not the dog- Not a die job

  2. I want to know what the dog is laying on. It looks like something blocking.

  3. Such lovely colors!! I can totally sympathize with the sewer line problems. We are at the bottom of a hill, and we have had the same problem several times over the years. It also seems that when it happens, it takes them coming out more than once before the problem is really resolved. Invariably seems to happen when there are piles of dirty laundry and stacks of dirty dishes.

  4. Ack! Put the dye down and STEP AWAY FROM THE DOG!!!!

  5. A nice bright, white dog…ooo the possibilities! Just Kidding! I really like your dyed fabric. I’d love to give it a try sometime, but I think I will have to wait until spring. I have a feeling there won’t be too many more nice days to do the work outside and I don’t think it would be wise to try such a task in our home, with white carpet and white tile!

  6. Yes, I remember that peacock too. Love your dyed fabric.

    I’ve had sewer lines back up, not pretty. The fumes might be getting to you. Stay away from the dog when holding dye bottles.

  7. Love the colors of the yarn; and the roving! wow! What a great idea for yard goods; hope you post a picture when something is created from the material.
    Oh —not the dog! Although……..those colors might ………umm….never mind.

  8. Poor Georgie! No wonder he’s hiding! LOL

  9. Phewww! By now that I’m reading this, all should be fixed and smelling ever so sweet! Poor dog…run, run, run….Mommie is about to add color to your beautiful coat!!! YiKEs!!! Lol! Well, I don’t blame you; you did a fabulous job on dying that black and white fabric…AWESOME!!! I like the multiple color changes on a single fabric…it will make up STUNNING in a lovely quilt project…can’t wait to see!
    Anyhoo, hope all is fixed now… hugzzzzzzz

  10. got a question about the fabric dyeing. Do you put it in your front loader washing machine or use something else. I went to the link for the dyeing and she puts it in a washing machine. I only have a front loader.

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