|Simon Josiah Hall|
|Simon Josiah Hall|
I have not been able to do much color theory but the following is what I did get done this past week.
One of my favourite colors is green. I have more green fabric in my stash than any other color and the largest Walmart plastic bin full of green wool that I have collected or dyed. Believe it or not, sometimes I don't have the greens I need when I'm working on a painting. The merino and other smooth wools are not the best choice for creating textured foliage and shrubbery in a landscape. Below are pictures of the foliage made from the type of wool that is best for foliage. I get it from Peace Fleece in lovely blended colors but I have seen it elsewhere called just plain "fleece." I have a lot of it in different colors but, again, I seem to be short on greens. So I decided to dye some from a bag of white fleece I got from a woolen store going out of business a few years ago.
I have been looking for more of it to purchase for dyeing and I wonder if any of you can help me find it? Below is a picture of it. It is very rare, I think because it looks like a by-product of the wool industry and is considered poor qualtiy for spinning or knitting. It looks like a mixture of short wools with chunky nepps and fluffyness that would not stay together for spinning. It is probably discarded. I would like to find some in bulk to purchase at a reasonable price. Here is a picture of what it looks like before it is dyed.
|Chunky Short-Fiber Fleece|
|Close-up of Chunky Fleece|
If anyone knows what this is and where to get it, I would greatly appreciate it. I am running low and want to dye some more soon.
I did some research on Monet paintings and what kind of greens he used for his lovely landscapes.
These are just two of many paintings I studied but I assembled some fabric swatches of the green colors I was seeing in his paintings, as best as I could make out on my computer screen. I have a collection of 6 inch swatches I have taken from my fabric stash that I use to color-match when I am dyeing wool in the basement.
|Swatch Color Collection|
I pulled out all the greens I thought were in the paintings and created a color spread to reproduce using the chunky white wool to dye with acid dyes.
Here is a photo of some of the finished greens dyed the colors of the fabric swatches tucked inside them.
|Dyed Fleece in Monet Colors|
To see more of my wool dyeing process, visit my earlier blog from May 21, 2011 entitled,"Dyeing Roving for Felting."
I also was able to dye more alpaca fibers from my neighbor in cloud colors both muddy and bright.