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Wednesday, February 7, 2018

~My First Dye Day~

Hello and Happy Wednesday, dear friends!!

This is the time of year when it is just perfect here in Arizona
with a bit of a breeze,
temperatures in the high 70's to low 80's, and of course,
sunshine!! 
Doesn't it make you want to come for a visit??

With the weather being so nice, it was the perfect time to have
Dye Day!!!

We met at Janet Carruth's beautiful studio last Saturday, 
bright and early, and got ready to do some serious dyeing!!

Janet hosts a rug hooking group the third Wednesday evening of each month
and I am so happy I can be a part of this wonderful group of ladies!

I have always wanted to see this done and be a part of it and was so happy 
I was able to attend!

Janet is a teacher and is very organized and knowledgeable, 
and did a great job of explaining everything to all of us newbies!


Here is her table with all the wool booklets and cards to write out the recipes!
I felt a bit like I was in chemistry class!!  

Here are all the dye choices!!  


We all picked out a favorite and got those pots ready!



Lovely purple wool!!



Beautiful peacock blue!



Long john red!  I wanted to put a piece of wool in this pot but it was full!!
Maybe next time!!



Cheddar! Notice all the different shades!  My piece of wool is in the middle!



Maggie's red!  I actually mixed this one up myself and have several pieces in this pot!
Love the color of this one!!



Don't I look like I know what I am doing??
How can anyone NOT have fun when they are wearing an apron advertising chocolate,
AND
playing with wool??



This is Janiece (on the left) and Janet, our host and teacher, 
taking a break on the beautiful patio and chatting while the wool was cooking!



Wonderful pieces of dyed wool, drying on the brick fence!!
Aren't they pretty??



Another view of the wool from a different angle!  
The peacock blue wool is on the right and notice how some of it
actually looks teal even though it was all in the same pot!!
Amazing!!



Mimi, Ginger, and Chris are admiring our handiwork!
Isn't this the perfect place to dye wool??



Ginger was also taking a picture of the cheddar wool
as she had several pieces in there, too!!



Here is the cheddar wool with my piece being the lightest one of the group!!
Amazing how they all were in the same pot but all dyed differently!!!



This is what it looked like drying!
Again, all this wool was in the same pot but look at all the different color results!
Mine is the lightest one in the middle!



Somehow in the hustle and bustle of the day, I forgot to take a pictures of my red wool drying.
Here it is, all folded and ready to use! Sadly, the cheddar and the color next to it were very hard to photograph! They are both darker and warmer in person! 
 It is SO HARD to get the TRUE COLOR!!



I decided to take a picture on an old white bench with my 
old books in the background, hoping that might help
to show the difference from the last picture!!

I am so happy with each piece I dyed and really feel like I learned a lot!!

If you have not dyed wool before and get the opportunity, I hope you will give it a try!!
It really helps to have someone who can show you the process!!!

My thanks to Janet, Chris, Ginger, Mimi, Janiece, and Sophan,
for all helping me and making the day extra special!!!

This was one of the things I had really hoped to be able to learn and do this year and I am so happy I can check it off my list!!!

Have you been able to accomplish something you have wanted to do this year?

Would love to have you share it!!


Wishing you Many Opportunities To Try Something New, my friends~


Julie

21 comments:

Saundra said...

Glad you got lots of your favorite color....red. The name Long John Red sounds familiar and think I've used that recipe from one of my books at some time. Since it is still cold outside should really do some dying myself. Except I really want to finish a rug and bind the other. I need an elf or two to help out here, lol.

old crow said...

Hi Julie,
What a fun day!! Love the colors of wool you did! Now you will have to hook it up in a lovely rug! Gosh, that blue sky looks amazing too!! We have clouds again today..... no rain though!! Enjoy your wool!!

Julia said...

Hi Julie, I'm so glad that you enjoyed your first dying course. I dye my own wool since I'm a do it yourself kind of person and a bit on the cheap side... I love your beautiful colors and I know you'll be hooking these into some magical pieces.

I think it feels just like opening gifts at Christmas time when you take the wool out of the pot. You never know exactly what you'll get when you throw different colors in the pot to marry the colors. o much fun...
Hugs, Julia

Julie - My Primitive Heart said...

Hi Saundra, Mona, and Julia,
Yes, it was a very fun day and yes, I DID get to dye the wool with my favorite color.....RED!!
Saundra- I know you will feel better when you can get that rug finished and both bound! I find myself saying I wish I had an elf or two, too!!
Mona- I really will enjoy using this wool and know it will be wonderful in a rug! Wish I could send some of our sunshine your way! Happy for you that there is no rain at the moment!!
Julia- Those dyes can be expensive and I'm sure your wool is just wonderful when you dye it!! It was amazing to see how all the different wool reacted and changed!! It felt like chemistry AND magic!! lol

Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting, friends!!! Hope you all have a great week!
Heart Hugs~
Julie

Lady Locust said...

Reading about your warm temps as hubby is stoking the fire. Isn't dye day a blast. I've only been to one, and it was just so fun!

9658 Textiles said...

So great to see the process, the dye pots, and the drying. dying wool in a group is a really nice way to spend some time. Thank you for sharing, I feel a little warmer now. Just like Lady Locust, it is so cold here.

Sarah

Julie - My Primitive Heart said...

Hi Lady Locust and Sarah,
Thank you both so much for visiting! Yes, it really is fun when you can share the experience with others and see how it all works!! So happy you enjoyed the process and hope you both get to be a part of another Dye Day!! I have lived in many cold places and can truly relate! Hoping you are both staying inside by a toasty fire, doing some hand work!! Sending you both some AZ sunshine!
Take care, stay warm, and have a great week!
Heart Hugs~
Julie

Mugwump Woolies said...

What a wonderful day you must have enjoyed...especially with all that red! I love your header! What a great collection of sewing goodies! Can't wait to see what you do with all the beautiful wool you dyed. Our weather has finally settle down after lots and lots of cold. Yesterday was the kind of day people move here for...absolutely perfect! I've been stitching a very challenging cross stitch sampler and have been away from the computer...need to do some visiting!
Thanks for sharing,
Robyn xo

acorn hollow said...

warm wonderful temps and warm wonderful wool lucky you we are 20 degrees and snow up to our knees I will not see the ground for awhile.
I have dyed and need to do more of it soon.
Cathy

Elizabeth Pollock said...

Hi Julie, gosh it looks like everyone had a fabulous time. I just popped over from Notforgotten Farm's blog to have a peek at your blog and I am so happy I did! I'm just getting back into blogging after a 3 year hiatus... what was I thinking? LOL! Anyway, I am your newest follower and look forward to your future adventures. I would love it if you could pop over when you get the chance to say hi on my new blog... I am also jealous of your weather... we just got another 5" of the white stuff yesterday (Wed)... sheesh, is spring ever coming again?
Hugs for now from snowy New Hampshire...

Rugs and Pugs said...

So happy to hear you found a group to hook with! Is your shoulder finally healed?
The results of your dye day are amazing. Isn't it fun?
I'm more than a little envious of your weather...sigh. It's 20* and white here.
Hugs :)
Lauren

Julie - My Primitive Heart said...

Hi Robyn, Cathy, Elizabeth, and Lauren,
It seems that Robyn and I are enjoying all the nice weather right now!! I feel for the rest of you who have S--W!!! I have lived in some cold places so I can certainly sympathize! You won't envy me when the temps reach 120 this summer, though!!
Robyn- I always know you will love anything RED I might share on my blog!! My header is a picture of a cupboard in my sewing room and each time I see it, I feel HAPPY!!! So glad you like it!! Dye Day really was fun and I am not sure when I will be using that wool, but will be looking forward to it!! I remember when I lived in FL and this was THE PERFECT time of year, very similar to here! Enjoy every perfect day, my friend!!
Cathy- Wish I could send you some of our weather right now!! Hope you are staying inside where it is warm!! Since you have dyed wool before, you know how much fun it can be!!! Hope I can do it again some time!!
Elizabeth- So nice to meet you and have you become my newest follower!! I have never been to New Hampshire and must confess it is one of the places I would LOVE to visit some day!! New England in the fall is one of my dream places!!! Welcome back to blogging, too, and I will be sure to visit your blog!! I remember those feelings of wondering is Spring was ever coming again and was always happy with the answer.......YES!!!! Right around the corner!!!!
Lauren- It has been so long since I was able to hook or be part of a group and when my shoulder finally healed, I decided it was time to go! The group is about 35-40 minutes away, depending on traffic, and I am so happy to be a part of it!!! Now if I just remember HOW to hook? lol Yes, Dye Day WAS FUN!! Hope I can do it again some time!!! Wish I could send you some of our sunshine!!!
Thank you so much, everyone, for your visit and sweet comments!!! Hope you all have a wonderful week!
Heart Hugs~
Julie

Winnie Nielsen said...

Julie, this looks like it was the best time with your friends!! And ohhh, what gorgeous colors you all created!! Wow, now to decide how to use your wool. I bet you have some ideas already swirling about in your mind.

Your weather sounds a bit like ours but somewhat warmer. We are in the 70s during the day but still quite cool at night. However, the warmth has brought forth all of the buds on the flowering trees and a few precocious azaleas in our yard. We are headed into the best time of year here in north Florida! Spring is beautiful down here and after a cold January with many deep freezes, it feels wonderful to open the windows again and enjoy the warm sunshine!!

Julie - My Primitive Heart said...

Hi Winnie,
Yes, it was a very fun-filled day and who doesn't love playing with fabrics?
I am not sure what I am going to use the wool for yet, but it will be extra special when I do!!!
We also have cooler mornings and later evenings and today looks to be the warmest at 82, but then it will go back down in the 70's....just perfect!!
I love this time of year and know we have many who come back to live here before the heat comes to stay!!!
Thanks so much for your sweet comment and visit! Always love to hear from you!
Enjoy your weekend!
Heart Hugs~
Julie

Barbara Shores ~ Village Folk Art said...

Hi Julie, You are so fortunate to be close to someone like this. I think this is part of my problem getting motivated. I do not know what I am doing and need a leader. The colors are beautiful. Will be looking forward to seeing what you create with this lovely wool.
We too are in the 70's today with hopes of some rain next Tuesday and Wednesday. For now we are in drought mode ... yuk. Yes, this a lovely time of year if we could just have some wet stuff.
No need to say 'keep kool', just enjoy the awesome weather.

Folk Art Hugs to you my friend, Barb

Julie - My Primitive Heart said...

Hi Barb,
It really makes a difference when you can meet with other like-minded women!! Have you ever checked into California 1st Rug hooking Guild that meets in Redlands? They were the group I first joined and they meet on a Saturday! I don't think it would be a bad drive for you and there are some very talented and knowledgeable ladies who attend! Just search California 1st! Hope that helps!! We had a really fun day dyeing wool and I am happy to be able to attend this group since it is closer and the time works out better than the one I first attended here that met on Saturday! Rug hooking IS alive and well in AZ!!! No rain in our forecast but it has been just beautiful here and I am enjoying every minute of it!! Hope you are all healed up from your procedure and staying busy creating, my friend!
Always so good to hear from you!
Take care and enjoy your weekend!
Heart Hugs~
Julie

Kurt Schindler said...


Sounds like you had a great time and learned a lot besides. Win-win. Your wool colors are great.

You asked if we did something this year that was on "our list". I just completed covering a paper mache box with fabric and a wool design on the top in Rebeckah Smith's style. It was a new experience for me but I learned a lot and hopefully the second one will go even better. Have lots of ideas.

By the way, I love your header photo. so many interesting items. I have a jar of tomato pincushions and a few strawberry pincushions.

Thanks for sharing.
Charlotte

Julie - My Primitive Heart said...

Hi Charlotte,
So happy I saw your comment! You are no-reply so hoping you come back to read my response!!
It WAS a great time and I am so happy with my wool colors, too!! Very helpful to have others who know what they are doing!!
Your box sounds wonderful and it is so good to stretch ourselves and learn something new, isn't it? Now you will be ready for the next one!!
So happy you love my header photo! It is a picture of my pincushion cupboard and I love everything in it! It always makes me smile when I look at all those sweet sewing treasures!!!
Thanks so much for your visit and comment! It is always so nice to hear from you!!
Hope you have a wonderful week!
Heart Hugs~
Julie

Jan Conwell said...

Man, I'm sorry I missed that! Looks like y'all had so much fun. I need some of the orange/cheddar color. ;)

Anonymous said...

Hi Julie!
Happy Valentine's Day!! I just LOVE my Little Dollhouse Angel #1 that I purchased from you recently!
She is decorating my pine cupboard in my kitchen and is so adorable! I look forward to your Spring
offerings and I'm sure I will find a special something to purchase! It was good hearing about your dye
class. Learning something new is always uplifting to our spirit. Again, hope you have a very
Happy Valentine's Day!

Hugs and 💞❤️💕,
Barbara S.
Florida

Julie - My Primitive Heart said...

Hi Jan,
So nice to hear from you!!! Hope you are doing well!!! We really had a great time and if you ever want to attend the group, let me know! We meet the 3rd Wednesday evening of every month and if you are down here visiting, it would be easy to go!! Janet even sells wool and may have some cheddar!!
One of these days we will finally meet!!
Take care and have a great week!
Heart Hugs~
Julie