Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Dying to Hook!

So here I was at my last post - my Pickering Oak rug wasn't very colourful at all and I was kind of stuck until I dyed some wool.  This rug was designed by Gene Shepherd.

 

It is sort of sad how much progress I made until I really had to stop and dye the wool.

 

I pulled out the un-dyed wool that I purchased for this endevour.


I prepared my wool and dyes and water and took a deep breath.


And I started to spoon the various dyes onto the wool to look like turning leaves.


I stacked and repeated the process while watering down the dyes as I went until I had all of my pieces ready to go.  Then into the oven they went.


Until the wool had cooked and came out steaming and colourful.


After the wool had dried I had a much better idea of what I had - I had some splotchy wool that just might work!  Yey!


Hooking the wool in order and paying attention to where the colours were in concentration I hooked almost three leaves so far and I love how vibrant they are turning out!  They look like leaves slowly turning on the tree in rich fall colours and against the dark background they really pop - the picture is actually a little dull compared to the reality of the wool.

Needless to say I am very happy with how it is coming along and I am looking forward to hooking the other leaves and the rest of the rug!

3 comments:

Gene Black said...
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Vicki W said...

What a great effect you've gotten from the dyed wool!

goodshepherd53 said...

Looks great! Love your pancake/ordered wool. Gene Shepherd