Monday, March 19, 2018

Morning Coffee

I have a Going Green program at the Library at the end of the month. We will be decorating grapevine wreaths with wool flowers. I have been organizing the wool items I have and getting the ones that aren't ready for use prepped. 

What do I mean by Prepping Wool? 

Well I hunt thrift stores for wool clothes and then run them through a hot washer and dryer to shrink them. They can then be cut without fraying. 

After this you have to disassemble the garment and that is what I have been doing to some I had washed already.

So far I have several shades of green for leaves. Red, white, 2 shades of yellow and 3 shades of blue. 

I have a lot of light blue so am going to try and dye it magenta and purple. To dye the wool I use kool-aid.
Yep! you read that right the powdered drink. Unsweetened. Just add it to boiling water and it will dye about 2 square feet of fabric. Nice huh. 

So what I do is start with a large pot fill it with water and get it boiling, add the kool-aid, wet the piece of wool and carefully lower it into the water. Watch it for a few minutes, you can see the fabric changing color and the water getting clear. Fun!

Now all this fabric will be used to make flowers like on the wreath below.

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