You Haven’t Lived Until You’ve Dyed

This was originally posted January 3, 2013

dyed cotton thread the-spinning-wheel.com

As I clean and sort and decide what’s worth keeping and what is not, I find it irresistible to take ugly yarn that isn’t worth keeping and turn it into something that is.  These were pastel weaving yarns and crochet cotton purchased from a thrift store years ago.  I couldn’t resist the bargain, even though I hated the colors.

green dyed cotton thread the-spinning-wheel.com

The cotton crochet thread was vintage, probably 1970’s. The quality of the mercerized cotton from that period is noticeably better than what you can purchase now, with a sheen and smoothness you can no longer find.  It makes beautiful tatting thread, or scrumbling, or embroidery.

purple dyed cotton thread

The Rayon bouclweaving yarn was in a pastel peach.  It was a pleasant enough color, but I have never cared for pastels, and had to fix it!  (In the middle of the night.)  So I did some microwave dyeing and made color magic.

rayon cotton hand dyed thread

I dyed a small amount of silk, which I already started to braid for a kumihimo necklace cord.  It was in these shades of wine, which I find really appealing.

Now I can pack away these threads for another day, in another home.  Won’t I be happy when I open this box?  I didn’t get any sleep, but I gave myself a present last night.

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