Thursday, October 14, 2010

Wednesday Woes Equals Thursday Thankfuls

Today I am thankful...that Wednesday is over!! Wednesday was not such a great day. It started right off with a virus on my computer and Internet failure. Yep at the same time, errrrr. I spent over an hour on the phone with the cable company to re-establish my Internet connection but than I had to get the virus on my computer fixed so another four hours on the phone with Microsoft and tada, I'm back. Of coarse there were also three appointments yesterday that also didn't go so well. I discovered I had two appointments scheduled for the same time, good grief I don't mind multi tasking but I can't be in places at once so I cancel one. Okay now I only have one in the morning and one in the afternoon work them in between Internet issues, computer virus issue and be sure to pick up hubby from work on time, I can do this. Errrr both appointments the other parties involved with these appointments are no shows, you have got to be kidding me, especially since the morning one was a doctor appointment, huh.....So to say the least I totally missed Wool Wednesday, so sorry. Thank goodness it's Thursday!!
So here we are and I am so ready to PLAY!! Quick recap, we've sorted, we've washed, we've done some dyeing. So next I promised we would do some kettle / pot dyeing.
We're still using food coloring and / or kool aid for this technique. I did use both for these batches. First you will need to let your wool soak in your vinegar water solution for about 30 minutes or more is okay. Pick out the colors you would like to use and as before mix each with your water and vinegar solution. You may need to pour off a bit of the liquid in your pan before you add your colors. To much liquid everything can turn to mud as to much liquid will cause your colors to bleed into one another too much. Don't panic, you will be fine. Heat up your wool so that it is hot but not boiling. Now your ready to pour your colors into the kettle / pan. Let it simmer uncovered, remembering not to let it boil for about 30 minutes. This technique gives you the ability to dye more wool at once than our previous techniques.

I really love this technique!! This technique is a dyeing surprise or as I call it pot luck as you really won't know how it is going to look until you take it out of the pan.
Okay we simmered, now we will need to let it cool once cooled you are ready to rinse in cool water. Just look at all of the beautiful colors that you created with this technique and all in just one batch. I usually rinse mine about 2 to 3 times in the same pot I cooked in and changing the water for each rinse. Remember to remove your wool from the pan, squeezing is okay to remove excess water but no twisting. You will need to do this for each rinse until the water runs clear. Now your ready to dry. It will dry the fastest outside on a nice sunny day but I have dried mine on top of the dryer on wash day and on my registers when the heat is on remembering to rotate several times during the process. You can also set it in an area and blow dry it with a fan. We northerners have to improvise during the Winter months, hehehehe.

TaDa, you did it!! Just look at all those luscious colors!!
Easy again huh!! Now your ready to do some more creating, enjoy and have fun!!
So where should we go next. Well, are you ready to tease your wool???
I hope you enjoyed kettle dyeing as much as I did.
See you soon and happy Thursday everyone!!


  1. I'm so sorry to hear about your hectic day a couple of weeks ago. I love the colors of your dyed wool, it's so beautiful and you make it sound so easy. I just might have to try doing that some day...but then I wouldn't know how to work with it after I did it LOL! Other than your hectic week, how have you been Brenda? Carrie and I have been busy with our upcoming "Annual Halloween Bash" plus a big show we did last weekend, I haven't had much time to blog or even check out all my blogger friends...sorry!

    Well here's hoping that this week has been much better and all is well.

    Take care and bright blessings,

  2. Stopping by to say hi and Happy Halloween!

  3. If all goes well next summer, I would really like to try this from start to finish. Doing it during the summer would allow me to dry outside. Love all of the pretty colors. Glad to see you are back up and running! Have missed you!