Slow Cooker Dyeing 101

Recycle, resist, relax, results

Recently I learned that used clothing is becoming one of our biggest landfill issues. It is so easy to acquire items and also easy to throw them away—but where is away? Whenever possible we should recycle, not only for us, but for future generations.

As rug hookers, we are always on the hunt for that perfect piece of wool to add beauty to our hand-hooked rugs. It is easy to click a few keys and have a package of brand-new wool at the doorstep. But have you ever shopped at a thrift shop or secondhand store for wool? Recycled wool gives us an opportunity to have something different in our rugs—a one-of-a-kind wool to make our rug different from all those other rugs. So let’s discuss what to look for when you go hunting at your local thrift shop.

First of all, look for a dye pot, one that you will use only for dyeing. For the dye method I will tell you about, you need a 3 1⁄2 quart crock-pot. These are easy to find in secondhand stores, thrift shops, local yard sales, and church rummage sales. The crock-pot I currently use was purchased five years ago for under $5.00. It still works fine.


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