A couple of week-ends ago our Rug Hooking group got together to have a wool dyeing workshop. More experienced members were kind enough to teach us newbies how to create beautiful colored wool to hook into our rugs. Fun was had by all, mistakes were made & learned from...especially by me. Having about 14 hookers running madly around a kitchen with hot water & dye tends to create a bit of confusion...my mishap turned into a beautiful piece of rich reddish wool...perfect for fall leaves.
Above a dye solution is mixed to create a wandering pattern. Precise measurements, timing & a prepared work surface are important.
One color dye bath...
Second color dye solution...
Adding the second color dye solution...
Adding the third color dye solution...the wool must simmer for a certain time between each added color.
Above is a photo of dip dyeing...a process where you create multicolored swatches.
First you dye the wool one color(the gold)...then you create another dye bath with a contrasting color(the green)...then slowly dip your wool in & out of the dye bath. Practice is definably recommended.
Practice makes perfect.
Explaining various ways to achieve a mottled look in wool. Fabric swatches can be ordered from various dye companies to help you in your color planning.
Equipment is set out, techniques, rules & recipes are discussed.
A good example of what can be achieved when using the recipe for a spotted/mottled look in your wool.
Below is a set of three dye solutions used to create a spotted mottled look.
Wool must be laid out flat in the pan, crinkled, scrunched with even valleys & peaks.
Dye is then spooned on evenly.
A second color
A third color.
Finished adding the dyes.
Then you have to gently squish the wool to blend the colors a bit & to make sure there will be no white spots left in the wool.
Off to the oven to cook for a while. After heating the wool is ready to be rinsed & dried...ready to use in a new project.
A few gals try their hand at dyeing.