Friday, July 13, 2007



Embellished and dyed. I did a little experiment, I embellished a load of white bits of stuff onto a base of white pre-felt http://www.winghamwoolwork.co.uk/ then dyed it using acid dyes in the microwave. The different fibres sucked up the dye in different ways so I now have a textured base to stitch into. I used a combination of pink, turquoise and violet dyes.

4 comments:

yarngoddess said...

Wow, that looks good. Did you paint on the color carefully or splash it around?
:D

Wendy said...

The dye comes in crystal form and I just sprinkled them on randomly.
Poured water and white vinegar over, bunged it into my old (not used for cooking) microwave and let it cook.

Purple Missus said...

Great idea Wendy. I haven't used the microwave yet for dyeing embellished pieces but I have used the cold water method. I find that they seem to come up really soft, much softer than if you use pre-dyed fibres. Did your piece have the same effect?

Wendy said...

It is still very soft, I was careful not to felt it so it will need either lots of stitching or a backing or it may pull apart or wear. If I had used pre-dyed stuff I would have carefully put a bit here and balanced it with a bit there, this way I get a more random/organic piece.