Here's what I've been doing today. This is a pretty lousy photo but I dyed lots of wool today. I needed to dye some for my prize give away. That's the blue green to the left. Then I needed some for Christmas gifts. I tried to dye some maroon to match Griz colors and I did a very poor job.
I had felted these coasters last week and now I dyed them green. I've been meaning to experiment with using thickened acid dyes for surface design and finally got around to doing that today.
I thickened the dye with sodium alginate. And then used a foam brush to put it on stamps...
Here's one close up. This one is stenciled. This is before steaming.
Here they all are before steaming.
And after steaming and rinsing. It worked!! Now I'm going to do a little stitching on these. This was great fun and even though you can't get a lot of detail on the felt, it still gives a good imprint if you use a chunky stamp or simple stencil without a lot of detail.
I had left over thickened green dye. So I did some leaf printing on an old wool blanket. Boy was that messy. I will do further work on this later. It's steaming now. I still have leftover dye. I put it in the refrigerator. Remind me in 6 months to get it out and throw the science experiment away.
Here are some Wensleydale locks that I dyed as well. Some are blue/green and the others are the same green that I dyed the coasters with first.
Here's a close up. They are drying. Now I have lots of dyed wool to hopefully get through all the Christmas gifts I am making. After Christmas, I always say "I'm not making all those Christmas gifts next year," but somehow, I always find myself in November and December busy making gifts. Why is that?