Thursday, August 28, 2008


This variety of solids and textures is really a deeper purple that this shows! It's a rainy gloomy day here in Ohio (rain is good)~ I would rather take the pix outside ~ I imagine the fluorescent lighting changes the coloration a bit.

This is a lovely shade that one of my customer's just named 'Tomato Soup' ~ I love that!! Also a combination of solids and textures and actually, this customer asked me to set it aside for her! I was matching a swatch she sent of something she bought from me last year ~ it scares me that I actually got it to match!!!!

Antique black is what I was going for here and I think it will work! It's a blue/black and should work in well with other darks! My hand-dyed quarters sell for $9.50 each and I realize as-is wool is all the rage right now ~ but there's nothing like the rich color and variation that you get with dyed wool!! I like to offer both and hopefully, it will be well received!!

I dyed 5 1/2 yards of wool yesterday, in between preparing a quote for my 'boss' , doing the laundry and a visit from my friend,Melody (who, by the way, has been traveling a lot this summer, which allowed her to complete her goal of VISITING ALL 50 STATES!!!) Congratulations, Miss Melody!!

Today, I've got three kettles going with reds, golds, and greens ~ maybe another pot of something in the antique black line. Last night I got a small start on a proddy pumpkin mat and I still have the purses on the work table!! When faced with a show, I can get so creative and dream up all kinds of stuff to do ~ but alas, I run out of time!! It's a quirk that I have ~ I couldn't get revved up for this a month ago ~ is it called procrastination??!! I pretty much have that mastered!! So, I'll go like mad till next Saturday and see what comes out of it!!! My husband wants to leave for the lake tonite, so I need to gather things to work on while I'm there and I'm expecting a shipment of wool today and that will need processed!! Holy cow ~ I'm makin' myself nervous!!!

Gotta go stir the pots!!


JoJo said...

A working fool, Alice. That's you! But I'm pretty much the same way, at least when it comes to something with a time deadline. When truly pressed for time, it's amazing what I can get done.

I love, love, love your wool. And the tomato soup batch is perfect....your friend/customer is right....that's exactly what it looks like.

I hope you'll take lots and lots of pictures of your show and your booth. Have someone get pictures of you too. I'm very interested.

Did Kaye see my 2nd comment yesterday? Oh, my, if I'm right, that woman's studio is to dye for!

And thank you for answering my silly Thurvey!

Alice ~ Folk Art Primitives said...

Hi JoJo ~ We'll take pictures for sure ~ the 10-day weather report says 93 degrees for that Saturday ~ I'll be the woman melted into a puddle of fat!!!!!!!
I have not been to Kaye's home and saw it just like you did in the book!! I gather that it's pretty darned nice ~ one of these days I'll journey up her way and I'll tell you all about it!!!

Anonymous said...

Alice - It's too hot in CA to dye as well ... why don't we all go somewhere that's cool? GRS

Alice ~ Folk Art Primitives said...

Good Morning Gene! For the most part, I dye outside ~ 'his honor' bought me a turkey frying kettle and burner so the fumes are not in the house. When there were several colors going the other day, I put the pots on to boil inside (as well as the big kettle outside) and as soon as they were ready, out to the deck they went! So they stewed outside and there wasn't that acid dye smell in the house!! Since it was hot in Ohio, also ~ it was a good thing all the way around!! Alaska would be a cool place!!

Primitives By The Light of The Moon said...

Alice ~ Your wool looks spendid. Looks like you have some busy days ahead. I have an award for you over at my blog if you want to stop by.

dulcy said...

Hi Alice!

Oh my gosh! I just love the picture of your home and all your wool. That tomato soup is gorgeous! I've only tried dyeing a couple of times, and I agree that dyed pieces allow me to add the types of colors I don't usually get from "as is" wool. Every time Tammy brings a new batch she's dyed into the shop, I leave with new wool (even when I absolutely promise myself I won't spend $). Oh well....... Have a great show!


Anonymous said...

Love your colours, Alice!! Yummy, Yummy, Yummy!!!
Hugs, Sunnie : )

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