You Haven’t Lived Until You’ve Dyed

This was originally posted January 3, 2013

dyed cotton thread

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 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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