NATURAL DYES USED IN THIS LISTING:
This piece of wool was dyed first with marigold for the base layer, and then over-dyed with walnut. After the walnut, I tied up the piece to provide the textured "stripes" and soaked it in iron water to shift the yellows to a greenish-brown.
MARIGOLD: The buttery yellow in this piece comes from marigolds. Some of my marigolds I start from seed. I supplement my own seedlings with locally grown marigold seedlings purchased at the farmer's market.
WALNUT: I have the great fortune to have a walnut tree in my backyard. The old tree gives up plenty of walnuts every fall to use in the dye studio. Walnut provides various browns from tan or khaki to dark chocolate and even black if iron is added.
NOTE: This listing is for a half yard. Smaller pieces can be cut from the 1/2 yard into the sizes below.
Fat eighth - approximately 16" x 13"-14"
Fat quarter - approximately 16" x 26"-28"
One half - approximately 32" x 26"-28"
[I haven't quite figured out all the ins and outs of how to customize the listings. I have ONE HALF YARD of this. Smaller cuts are available, but are limited to 1 so that you will get the discounted price for ordering larger sizes. For example, if you want 2 fat 1/8ths, please order one fat 1/4 to save. Please don't order in excess of a combined total of a half yard! Thanks for your patience and understanding while I negotiate this new path.]
All wool shrinks differently. Felting occurs naturally during the dyeing process, giving the wool a lovely soft hand.
I will cut to the size ordered. If you order 1/2 yard, it will be one piece of wool.
I use only natural dyes that have a proven track record for being color fast. Like all fabric that has been dyed, however, prolonged exposure to direct sunlight will cause fading (think of those south-facing display windows we see with faded clothing).
All my wool listings are small batch. Please purchase what you need for your project because color matching will be impossible!
I hope you enjoy creating with these naturally dyed wools as much as I love creating them!