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Dyeing Wool and Other Fun Stuff

Written by: Bobbie
April 28, 2015


Yup! I’m in the kitchen but I hate to cook so why do I have stuff in the microwave? I went to the Annual Sheep, Wool and Herding Dog Conference last Saturday with my friend Kina. She was excited about the dog herding and I was interested in the wool handling. I learned to felt a wool rug along with a bunch of other stuff and couldn’t wait to get home to do some experimenting. Thus, this has led to dyeing the wool with food coloring in the microwave.

Too cute!I bought a Peg Loom and am making a rug for the house. Kina kept talking about owning a herding dog but there weren’t any for sale this year. Maybe another time.  Kina did felt a hot pad for her kitchen and was really creative putting her two pet alpacas in the design.

While the Mayhaw Festival is about harvesting our berries, every year we have lots of things happening and this year I’m determined to get folks to play with the wool.

I have a carder and picker, dirty wool and clean wool, natural and dyed bats. If you don’t know what all that means, you just need to get here to find out. There will be lots of hands-on for all ages. Felting is one of the easiest and quickest things to do with lots of wool and we sheep people tend to have lots of wool.  Often our friends get tired of storing their stuff and now we have alpaca and camel hair to play with too.

Do you have a bag of wool that you want to pick clean and put through a carder so you can spin or felt with it? Do you want to know how to clean it? How about dying a few skeins of yarn? Bring it out and I will help you figure out what to do with it.