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Confetti Dyeing

Ask the Experts: Add some pizzazz to your dyed wool!

By: Jane Anderson and Marjorie Gilbert Anderson

Confetti wool hooked

Do you find dyeing wool to be intimidating? Or maybe you simply don’t want to bother with the mess or expense of additive dyes. Or perhaps you are looking for some new and easy ways to expand the use of your existing wools by transforming them into more exciting options.

You can very easily create some interesting effects, without having to use any extra dyes, by using leftover wool strips or scraps (and who doesn’t have lots of those on hand?). You can even use the snippet ends trimmed off from wool strips while hooking.

This is basically a variant of the marbling technique of layering alternating light and dark pieces of wool, rolling them together, twisting and tying them up, and then placing them in boiling water. The colors of the wools will bleed into each other and create a new effect: a color distribution across the wools.


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