The Big Yarn Dyeing Project starts tomorrow. I have about 15 pounds of yarn to dye for the next rug, in 4 oz skeins. Each skein must be dyed individually. I can dye about 6 skeins a day. If I am able to produce that amount most days this week, I will still be only halfway toward the total. But that's ok. It's exhausting but fun.
I began prepping today. First, a couple of hours with my color plan and my previously-dyed yarns, to determine which "test colors" I need to dye tomorrow. I'm pretty settled on the colors for the background, but the lighter colors for the motifs are waiting for me to test them and choose which ones work.
After a lot of thought, I emerged with a list of what to dye tomorrow--testing several new colors to see if they will look good with my background.
Next came prepping the yarn. I'll be using up all of the old Paternayan rug yarn I bought years ago. Wish this were still available, but as far as I know, nobody makes or carries it anymore. That's ok though; I was able to buy some wonderful new yarn over the summer that will be as good. Here's the yarn on my floor after I added some ties to keep the skeins from tangling:
And here it is again below, all tucked in for the night (soaking overnight in Synthrapol to prep the fibers for dyeing tomorrow). Should be a very messy but satisfying day. I'm curious to see what comes out of the color testing.
Once I select the final colors, then I can settle in to produce multiple skeins of each color, and actually begin punching the rug. Oh boy oh boy!
I'm a textile artist (traditional rug hooking, punch needle rug hooking, and other textile arts), a long-time meditator, a certified meditation teacher and coach, and focused on learning about the interplay of art, creativity, and mindfulness every day.
SITES TO WATCH:
Insight Meditation Society
Oxford Rug Hooking School
Zentangle: The Official Site
Green Mountain Rug Hooking
Massachusetts Tarot Society