Wednesday, May 9, 2012

The Magic of Colors

Yesterday, I hand-dyed some woolens. I started with a cream base from a recycled skirt. I had RIT dyes at home. My goal was to create bright colored wool for my heart design, Kalon.

I plan on using the hand-dyeds in the circular shapes. I placed the wetted fabric on plastic wrap, and applied the colors. I then rolled the fabric into a  burrito and cooked it in the microwave for 5 minutes. I have no precise records. I just mix the colors as I go.

I created this piece using wines, reds, yellows, peach, and a touch of aqua. The close-up shows the aqua a little better.

I dyed a`second piece with more reds and still the magical aqua.

And then a section with navy blue, and muted purples.

They all look so wonderful together!

 I still have some work to do on the Moshimer rug, so I might just draw the Kalon design on my linen, and precut strips today. It will be hard to resist pulling a few loops!

I hope you will try to dye some woolens too. There is something magical about how the colors come together in a piece of wool.


  1. Caroline, you seem to be a natural at dyeing! I wish we could be in the dye kitchen together! Kathy

  2. I've never heard of anyone using Rit dyes on wool before, but it looks like it worked out pretty good for you! Beautiful colors!

  3. Kathy, thank you. It would be a lot of fun to dye together!

  4. Gayle, thank you for your comment. I have used RIT dyes on wool a lot, mostly yarn, and it works really well. It is a dye that works on both animal and plant fibers. It is readily available. It does not come in many colors, but with a few basic colors, and creative color mixing, you can get amazing results.