Sunday, January 13, 2013

Sometimes It Doesn't Work Out

And thus is the case of my marrying wool.  Well, my real marriage didn't work out either come to think of it ;~).  I pulled some black wool and some darks and was hoping the black would bleed out enough to be absorbed by the other wool.  This is what I started with:
And this is a picture taken in the beginning and could see some bleeding going on so was hopeful.  
And this is after the dye had been absorbed but.
This is what I ended up with after removing the black wool.  As you can see they were lack lustre results.  The wool in the back on the left is an undyed version and the one on the right you can see is only marginally darker.  Definitely a waste of my time.  
Now, the problem that sometimes happens is the wool fabric for the black skirt, slacks, etc., might have been woven using real natural black sheep wool which would not bleed because it wasn't dyed.  So don't know if that was the problem or if I had too much wool and little black to provide the dye.  But I wouldn't have known until the wool was rinsed and dried to determine if Cushings dye was the next thing to do.  Guess it would have been better for me to just go Cushings in the beginning.

The Wee Folk rug is still waiting for attention and think I'll do the wool covered cord.  In the meantime I've put the new rug on my frame and it is fun to be hooking something new.



  1. Well, don't you just hate it when things don't work out the way you planned.....kind of a bummer! Oh well, thanks for posting anyway, that way when "we" have something that doesn't work out we don't feel so alone!

  2. I have a large bag of wool fabric, that for whatever reason, just didn't dye to my liking.
    It can be discouraging not to mention the time involved.
    But, I always try to remember the glorious colors I have "accidently" come up with, because I just kept trying. ;)

  3. Saundra, don't you just hate it when something doesn't work? Although you don't have your primitive darks, I do love all those wools anyway, especially the plaids and I'm sure they will look wonderful in something...o I guess this just re-enforces in my mind why I just buy hand-dyed wools...
    Have a nice Sunday :)


  4. Saundra ~
    My marriage didn't work either ;-}
    Thanks for sharing.

  5. that is one of the reasons I don't like to dye I get all set up think this is going to work and it never does. I know practice makes perfect.

  6. I like it,It's a little softer in color.Hugs Cheri


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