Thursday, October 31, 2013

Dyeing and Punching

Almost every evening the sound of poppity, pop, pop, pop can be heard.....nope it's not popcorn but the punch needle.  Some nights wool finds it's way into a bit of rug hooking but punch needle is such a fast way to make small projects. 
I have a LOT of new pieces that still like the finishing touches and deciding what to make them into.  Pillows, placed on boxes, pinkeeps, little notebooks, little see there is just so many choices.

During the day I also try to find time to wind ball of wool thread.  Coming soon I will be offering a big variety of dyed threads....perfect for punching.

Today I finished up this new what to call it????
Here it is all wound up.  Maybe it would make a nice snowman!
Now to answer a few questions....what do I use to dye my wool threads with?  I have used kool~aid, cushing, and pro~chem.  Lately I have been using pro~chem dyes.  I use a big turkey roaster and just experiment.  One helpful hint is write down what you did because if it turns out that you like it you just may want to duplicate it again!
What kind of yarn and thread do I dye?   I use 4 ply wool yarn for my oxford rug punch and a fine wool thread for needle punch that is just a bit heavier than DMC embroidery floss. 
How do I wind these lil' cakes of yarn?   I have a swift and ball winder and boy does it work like a charm. 
Will I be offering these types of hand~dyed yarns for sale?  YES!  I am working on dyeing, rolling, packaging, and logging it all into a website that I plan to open SOON. 
Well back to the sound of poppity~pop~pop~pop!
Happy Trails....Ginger


Three Sheep Studio said...

Your hand dyed yarns and threads are heavenly Ginger !!
I'm hearing that poppity pop sound here too. ;)

moosecraft said...

The first thing that popped into my mind when I seen the pic of the yarn was "Sandy Beaches"... it could just be the flash... but I see all the sandy and light blues and greens that I usually see in beach items... Would definitely be a great yarn for snowmen too!

Trace4J said...

Oh so excitng I cant wait.
love the new project.
Woolie Blessings

dee said...

Ginger, your colors are wonderful!!! I can't wait until you put them on your site. I think of an early sunrise when I see your new color. It is gorgeous. Blessings, Dee

Saundra said...

You've dyed some wonderful colors. I've done the small needlepunch projects but not using thick yarn or the Oxford. Maybe one day I'll venture there as I hear it goes a lot faster than traditional hooking.


From Sherry's Heart said...

Color me anxious for the chance to buy your wonderful dyed threads!!
The Queen

annie said...

very nice indeed!