Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Ugly Wool

If you believe like I do that all wool, no matter the colour, is valuable wool you might have a stash of truly ugly wool you have NO idea how to handle.

One of the best things about wool is it's transmutable behaviour. That's an old word they used in alchemy, transmutable. Instead of searching to make gold we search to turn our wool into something more valuable, the colour we are looking for!

This week on The Welcome Mat I've re-issued my article, Taming The Uglies, there are about 8 good ways to deal with your ugly with dye. Surprising and interesting uses of colour abound. Pictured above is a black and white check that is spot dyed, it is called Impressionistic

The ideas work with found, inherited, and even the uglies you made yourself in the dye pot.
We are having a contest right now to see who possesses the ugliest wool. I'll be make it pretty as a prize and one of our members, who has a deep and generous heart , will be giving this person an brand new ugly.

I'm also looking at the colours of Norman Rockwell this month and translating them into formulas. Here is this week's inspiration:

I'm looking at the wall, the woman's coat, the couch, the paisleys on her dress and the rug. I love the emotions depicted and the beautiful rendering of her knees. Although it is not apparent at first the blacks in this work are derived from purple and not just his black eye!
Get up and get creating! That's an order!

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