The Embroiderer's Story

Dye Days

August 1st, 2008 by Jill Hall

To answer Robbin’s question, there will Not be plaited braid stitch instructions in the needle-gold thread kit, so go ahead and order Linda’s from Calico Crossroads. There’s a link in the upper right portion of the blog home page. Go to her searchable catalog and look for plaited braid stitch. That should bring up the $6 + shipping packet of full-color instructions. If you have any trouble you can email Linda through the contact page on her website.

Thanks for the note about the comment box being overrun by text. Unfortunately we’re between Webmanagers right now; I sent Rich a note about it on his last day. I don’t think he laughed, but only because he’s not that kind of person. He did say that issue was already on the list for the interim guy to work on, but I have a feeling the interim guy had a lot more on the list….cross your fingers that another talented webmanager wants to work here and we find him/her soon.

Looks cushy, but hot, hot, hot - dyeing outside the Crafts Center, July, 2008.Here are two tantalizing pictures of the excellent stuff Penny, Emily, Lacey, and two volunteers from the Landmark program did here on Tuesday and Wednesday. I know Pen, Emily, and Lacey want to blog about the whole experience, so I hopefully won’t be treading on their toes by posting these two. The first is their cushy setup outside the Crafts Center. Chairs! And a tent! It looks comfy, but it was scorching hot those two days.

The second is some yarn gently simmering in madder, I think. Yarn in the dyepot and flip-flops!

They all had an excellent time, worked really hard but said it didn’t feel like work; the visitors loved it, the other Crafts Center artisans loved it, and Penny’s so pleased she’s already talking about doing it again in September. That much makes it a ringing success. But they also got loads of gorgeous yarn out of the deal, and that’s just gravy. They all three looked really tired on Thursday, though.

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2 Responses to “Dye Days”

  1. norma says:

    haha…that reminds me of my dyeing experiences when i was young…my mother decided to try her hand at dyeing yarns, so we went out, picked goldenrod, queen anne’s lace and i don’t remember what else…and we boiled these things up, and dyed yarn for several months…until my mother heard that you weren’t supposed to do that in your cooking pots nor were you supposed to do it in your kitchen…i don’t know if there are any lasting effects??…

  2. Sandy says:

    Well, Queen Anne’s Lace is toxic (if eaten), and you’re still here to write about it, so obviously THAT lasting effect didn’t happen.

    Some of the things used as mordants – ammonia for example – can produce horrible fumes, which can cause anything from runny-nose-&-weeping to real breathing problems, and of course there are things that you DON’T want the residue of, left in your cooking pots! Not to mention some mordants/dyestuffs will react with certain pot-materials (ammonia + aluminum under certain circumstances causes release of, if I recall correctly which I probably don’t, hydrogen gas . . . ).

    I wouldn’t dye anything in my current kitchen because there’s no exhaust fan (even frying onions can get interesting).

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