Sunday, September 29, 2019

Rug and Dyeing Chit Chat

After the last blog post I temporarily set aside Oh Glorious Day to pick up Glazer Antique Hearts again.  It is sorta nice having two rugs going at the same time but wouldn't want more than that.  But today decided to take a brief detour even from that.  

A couple years ago a friend gave me several yards of wool.  Wasn't fond of the color but a hooker never turns down free wool, especially on the bolt.

It was a bright fuchsia color and I wasn't fond of it.  Gave some to pal Deb and the rest has been sitting on the bolt in my attic.  Don't know if Deb ever used hers but I haven't cut one strip and thought I'd try to make it more palatable for me.  See, told ya it was a bright color.
Here it is soaking.
When I poured out the wool and water the wool had bled quite a lot.  Hmm, I've more ugly fuchsia wool so could marry it with something else lighter in color and see what I end up with.

I decided to use the recipe "Indigo" from Tonya's dye book A Rug To Dye For.   Chose that recipe because if it turns out to be an eggplant color I'll be happier than what it looked like in the beginning. 
The wool simmering on the stove in Tonya's recipe.
And here are the results of the before and after.
The color results after the dye bath is much more to my liking.  Don't have plans for it yet but will be put on the shelf in the wool room as a potential for future use vs. the attic.



  1. You need sunglasses for that before wool picture. I so love the much muted afterwards color. Janice

  2. Oohhh- I very much like the new version (no offense old version. I'm just not big into pink/fuchsia.) 😋

  3. Hi Saundra,
    Your very bright wool has certainly become a much better version of itself and I love the new color so much!!! I know you will enjoy using it sometime in the future! Great example of how dyeing can make all the difference!!!
    Thanks for sharing!!
    Have a great week, my friend!
    Heart Hugs~
    Julie xo

  4. What an improvement!! Good for you.


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