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Thursday, June 10, 2010

Dyed Rainbows




This is not something I usually do!
My Forest Secrets challenge rug is taking me places I never meant to go.

Yesterday morning I talked to my dear friend Doris (Moments in Time).  Most of you know she is an expert hooker in the traditional methods of fine hooking and dying.  I was bemoaning the fact that I was going to have to dye some wools for my project and dying is just not my favorite thing.  She as much as told me, BUCK UP!  Well, she was more diplomatic than that, but it meant the same thing.  She really said, 'take yourself by the hand and get out that dyepot!'

I have taken dip dying classes from her but have never done it on my own.  First time for everything!  I didn't take pictures while I was doing it, probably because I had no idea if it would turn out OK or not.

I started easy with some graduated shades of gray.



Then got braver and went to purple with a little silver gray to calm it down.


Then on to the more challenging stuff.  I wanted a few different combinations of yellow, green, rust and a little bit of purple shading on the end of one.






But there you have it!  On the picture above you can see a brighter, more yellow green strip through the middle.  I had used hunter green from Cushings for my green.  When I got all the dipping done, the green looked too close to the blue end of the spectrum so I mixed up some chartreuse and just redipped the middle.  That's more the color I was looking for.

So thank you, Doris for giving me the kick in the butt that I needed to do this!
WOW!  I'm happy with the effect!

10 comments:

  1. ///////wow I knew you could do it!!!!! they are truly beautiful... are they for sale??? :)

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  2. No doubt here that you couldn't do it. With your talent in hooking, the dyeing is a breeze for you. Great job, love the effects!

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  3. You're a natural at this! Enjoy the process!

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  4. I didn't realize that I was giving you a "kick in the pants." Your colors are beautiful - you have the talent to do anything you desire to do,

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  5. Pat,
    Those colors are wonderful! You can do anything you set your mind to! Now I am really curious to see that challenge rug! Yesterday I traced the pattern for mine onto the drywall mesh. Now have to find time to transfer that onto the backing. Time is my biggest challenge! Enjoy hooking with those fantastic new colors! Cathy G Oh, I LOVE your new header photo! Is that by your homestead?

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  6. Yes, I want to tell you I love the new photo, too! Orangesink and I think alike!! And your dying is just perfect ~ love the graduated colors ~ you're a pro!!!

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  7. Oh Pat you can do everything - just gorgeous colors!

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  8. Great work! But you didn't tell us--do you feel like doing more dyeing? Are you, shall we say, HOOKED??

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