Wednesday, September 8, 2010


This was my first attempt at marbleizing wool and it turned out not too bad ~ love the flame design on these pieces ~ would love to tell you there was a special technique  but it was just a fluke!!  The solids are the three colors used in this dye pot.

The next set used teal, yellow and lavender and again, the results were good ~ to me, anyway.  These colors can be used in flowers, skies, water ~ all kinds of places where you want a variety of color without mixing wools.

Can you see the beautiful leaves that can be hooked with these greens?

Love this combination also ~ blue water or sky ~ yellow flowers ~ a lady's dress ~ you can use your imagination and let it run wild ~

These colors are a little funky ~ even for me ~ but after Heidi looked at them and gave approval ~ I decided not to overdye them and maybe some creative hooker will find a great place to use them!  I always say there is no 'wrong' color so this will be the test!!  Even if something in the dye pot turns out differently than we planned, there is always a place for it ~ somewhere!! 

These look like camouflage colors to me!  Tree trunks, leaves, fall colors!

These are the styling stations at the new Michelle's Salon ~ beautiful, hm?  You can catch a glimpse of the new fabric on the waiting area chairs ~ all very contemporary.  We started with the floor color and worked off that ~ the colors and decorating all evolved as we went along.  My son, Ted, has great ideas ~ he said this was a vision of his for the last 11 years ~ their former salon was very nice, too ~ this is just different!

The wet stations are really neat ~ the shampoo bowl and chair are one piece ~ very futuristic looking!  The glass walls in this photo and the previous one, came from the old salon ~ this one hides the new pedicure chair that massages and vibrates while you're laying back getting your tootsies worked on!!  Woo hoo!!!

Teddy painted the old manicure tables and made new tops for them along with the tops for the cabinets and behind the wet stations ~ he and Sonny's son, Brian, made them out of concrete and then stained them ~ they look great ~ and inexpensive to do! 

The last photo is of the 'artwork' I painted for the back hall ~ the wall was bare and needed something but Mama had helped them spend lots of moolah on the decorating, so I decided to paint these canvases, based on the circle fabric in the chairs! Thursday night, the canvases got a coat of black spray paint and Friday morning, Sonny brought home some of the wall colors ~ he couldn't get it out of there earlier because there was always someone around ~ and I wanted it to be a secret!  Finally, they dried and I hung them about 15 minutes before the party began!  I didn't tell them where they came from until I got their okay that they liked them ~ didn't want them to hang them out of pity for the 'artist' !!! 

So ~ the wine-and-cheese reception was fun ~ a lot of people came ~ Teddy and Miki were the stars of the evening ~ along with the girls that work for them ~ working with Miki, several of these girls gave up their whole week to do whatever was necessary to see that the salon was ready for opening and close down the old one!  And Sonny boy worked day and night that final week to bring it all together ~ he and his son, Brian, and Ted were the construction crew! Congratulations to them all! 

This Saturday is Quailcrest Herb Farm's fall show ~ I'll be there selling my dyed wools, some hooked pieces and a few pieces of fall folk art!  I'm getting as much wool dyed as I can ~ stop by and see me and the old guy!!  



Kim said...

The marbelized wool looks yummy, Alice!!! And the just looks tres chic! Very very awesome! What a great space!! And love your art too!

Alice ~ Folk Art Primitives said...

Kim ~ you are always so kind!!! Tres chic ~ love that!!

Lori Ann Corelis said...

I NEED some marbled wool!
Will it be listed on your site?
love the earthy fall colors!

beautiful Salon . . Boy, I wish I was closer!
Lori Ann

Alice ~ Folk Art Primitives said...

Hi Lori ~ music to my ears, dolly!! I will have it at the show Sat. and maybe next week! If you see something you like in the photos, I'll put it aside for you ~ $12.00 a quarter yard! Thanks for the compliments on the wool and the salon ~ it really is a beautiful place!!

weaverpat said...

Your marbled wool is just lovely! What great color combinations!!!

What a nice salon! All of you did a wonderful job. I'm sure the clients will enjoy such a delightfully artistic atmosphere.

Doris said...

The salon is lovely - but I like the marbelized wool the best. The one you call funky (purple) I see wonderful iris in all three pieces. See some nutty hooker will love it!

Rugs and Pugs said...

Alice ~
Lookin' forward to seeing you and the old guy on Saturday :) Your wools look lovely - not too much my style but lovely nonetheless. I have trouble envisioning how they'd look hooked.
The salon is gorgeous. May they prosper for many years to come.
Pug hugs :)

April DeConick said...

Alice, can you change your blogroll feed to reflect my new web address? It is now

Soggibottom said...

I love to hear of new things.
I'm wooly :-) x x x

Tammy Burks said...

Love your mabelizing pics....haven't been in the dye pots for almost a're making me want to drag them out on the first cool day I have off work! Really beautiful!

Alice ~ Folk Art Primitives said...

Thanks everybody!!!

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