Overdyeing Primer

Colors to Dye For: Making the best of your wool stash

By: Wanda Kerr
Photography by Wanda Kerr

Peace by Water, 54" x 23", #12-cut wool on linen. Designed and hooked by Wanda Kerr, Wiarton, Ontario, 2011.

At this time of year, I like to take stock of my wool. I sort what I’ve got, determine what’s useable as is, and find what suffers from my proclivities and inclinations or neglect—wool that might have a good hand but is colored in a way that’s hard to know how to treat in the dye pot and is too ugly to use as is.

It is hard to pass up wool. We bought it and now it languishes on our shelves like unwanted canned goods. Every time we open the cupboard we think we should use it in something, but we don’t know how. (We all have lima bean wool!) We need some go-to recipes for these unappetizing wools.

Let’s use up our strangely colored wool and turn those yards into wool we can’t bear not to hook.

Wanda Kerr is grateful to live in such a colorful world where we can all embrace what speaks to us most. She raises her hook and dye spoon to you: long may you create. Go to to keep up on all her concerns including The Welcome Mat, (now free) and to try her wonderful compact color system, Majic Carpet Dyes.

This article excerpt is from the November/December 2016 issue. For more information on our issues, check out our issues page.


Free tutorials, expert tips, exclusive partner offers, and more straight to your inbox!


I have not made this yet so I cannot rate it.

Include a Photo Include a Photo

Click the button above or drag and drop images onto the button. You can upload two images.

Cancel Reply to Comment

Thanks for your comment. Don't forget to share!


Report Inappropriate Comment

Are you sure you would like to report this comment? It will be flagged for our moderators to take action.

Thank you for taking the time to improve the content on our site.

Sign In to Your Account

Close Window
Sign In with one of your Social Accounts
Facebook Twitter
Sign In using Email and Password