A Day Spent Dyeing and Other Projects

A couple of weekends ago the weather was sunny, and warm 
so I decided to set up my dyeing supplies.

This time I didn't have to mix dye solutions,
so I was able to make more progress with actual dyeing.

I had four skeins of a Corriedale cross handspun yarn
that I had dyed a while ago,
and every time I walked by the yarn,
I thought, "ugh."
So it was a good time to redye it!

I wasn't sure how this was going to turn out,
but I chose a couple of colors that I liked.
 I brought the yarn up to a light simmer on my trusty
vintage camp stove.
Then I poured a burnt orange dye solution over sections,
and in the other sections I poured bright orange.

Then I set my timer, and let it simmer for 30 minutes.
This is the result-

Who knew? This is one of the reasons I love dyeing my own wool/fabric,
as you can't always predict what the end result will be.
for sure!

A couple of months ago my husband and I went
to an estate sale.
Those are usually fun,
and this one had an attic stuffed with yarn.
I brought home some Shetland wool skeins 
that I think are probably from the 1950's,
and they were originally marked down to 39 cents.

I brought the skeins up to a light simmer,
and then poured soft pink, crimson, and plum dye over the skeins.

This is the result:

I think that these vintage Shetland wool skeins will
make a wonderful winter woven vest for me.

I redyed a handspun singles skein that will be woven into a twill
scarf for my husband.
I forgot to take a before photo,
but the skein was the color of oatmeal before dyeing,
and looked like this after being dyed.

I painted some pastel dyes-lemon yellow, lilac, and soft pink-
on a Merino/silk roving.

Then I rolled the roving up in some plastic wrap,
placed into a steamer pot,
and simmered it above the water for 30 minutes.

This is the result:

Wonderful wool to play with this winter!

Another round of painting burnt orange, teal, and a medium brown dye solution 
on a Merino/silk roving resulted in this:

In the evenings I've been hand quilting my improv quilt.
I love the peaceful rhythm of hand quilting.
It's slow going,
but my philosophy is it will be done when it's done.
It's the process that I love.

I dyed the fabric for the back using Rit dyes.
I'm used to using Procion dyes that I mix myself,
so this was an experiment to see what would happen.
I wet the fabric, placed into a container,
and then poured the dye over it.
The Rit dye has less viscosity,
so it didn't flow through the layers like I thought that it would.
I like the result, but next time I 
will add more water if I use Rit dyes on fabric.

The other day I was bicycling in a new area,
when I came across a flag on a barn.

Here's hoping that you have time for fiber/fabric this week,


  1. Colours like the autumn trees outside , so nice! LG Anke

  2. I love the autumn colors best :-). Fun day!

  3. Yes, beautiful autumn colours. Very warm.

  4. Gorgeous wools Judy - I especialy love the pinky plum one. Lovely slow stitching, always a pleasure. xx

  5. Isn't it fantastic what different colours and effects one can get with dyes! And because you can't plan and predict it is hard to be disappointed with the results. But if you are you can redye! What a fantastic craft.

  6. Wow , the dying turned out just beautiful . I sure would love to try dying my own fabric, one of these days 😏 You certainly got some interesting results and it will be neat to see what you do with them .


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