July 27, 2009

LEARNING TO DYE MY OWN WOOL

Photobucket For the past year, I haven't picked up a rug hook. I don't know what happened along the way, but I just could never get in the mood to hook. I have about 3 UFO's sitting on my shelf..and I really hate not finishing what I start, but I just cannot seem to get to those 3 projects completed. So, I think that's what did it. It put me into a rughooking "funk"!

Yesterday, I was thinking about hooking a rug using beautiful blues...indigo blues, royal blues, navy blues...thinking about how I could dye the wool that I have into beautiful blues. I have mostly reds, browns, greys, greens, and off white in my stash.....hardly any blue. So, today I bit the bullet. I dug out my "Two dye or Not Two Dye" book by Sue Hoss. She uses only two dyes from the Cushing Perfection Dyes to make the most beautiful primitive shades for wool! Her instructions are foolproof, or I should say, "Idiot proof"! It is a rare day that I have time to start a new adventure, but I have to admit, it was quite enjoyable. I just took my time, and enjoyed the process. I am also excited to start a new design, one that I have already sketched out.

I guess it is just a fact of life with women who share the love of any kind of needlework or craft...there are going to be unfinished works of art sitting on a shelf or in a closet. The real test is...just being able to get over the hump and do what makes your heart sing!

4 comments:

Kathy (woolfind) said...

Beautiful piece of blue wool you dyed there! Congrat's on taking the plunge and just "doing" it!! I would love to see your piece as you are going along with the hooking. Have fun with it, and yes, we ALL have those unfinished projcets....

Gayle said...

Hmmmm - I have several different dye books, but have never heard of that one - I like the idea of using only two different colors!

woolyredrug said...

Beautiful! Oh so glad you are going to pick up you hook again!
~Laurie

Lori said...

Yay Bobbie! I'm glad you are going to rug hook again. Your wools turned out gorgeous! Show us your new rug when you get some hooked.

Lori R