Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Pulling an All-nighter....

I have 2 finals in the morning.  Back to back.  It would probably be a good idea to sleep tonight but since my little one has been sick all weekend, I didn't get much studying done.  Plus, it's torture to try to get to the campus in time to be in my seat at. 8 am when I don't stay up the night before.
So, you remember how I said in my last post that I had on done one skein/ hank of thread?  Well that wasn't completely truthful.  It was the only full skein. (over 50 yards) I did however do this small one (I don't know the exact length, but it is much smaller than the other.)  Anyway, I haven't had the heart to undo the other one.  It's so pretty and hanging on the wall right now.  I did however want to see all the colors were going to look worked up.  I think it's really pretty don't you?

And then I tore off like a 1.5" piece of cardboard and wrapped some thread around it before I started dyeing stuff and this what I produced:

I actually really like how it turned out.  It actually has a "tie dye" kind of look to it.  I felt like I was tatting dangerously lol As you can probably see, I didn't see any point of taking the thread off the cardboard to start tatting.  I think it will be very interesting to see if the shades get lighter as I progress through this sample.  Also, I didn't do a very good job at dyeing this evenly, so the top portion had more red which is why the first little medallion I did has more red speckles than the second.  I will definitely be trying this method more... maybe with just 2 colors instead of 3 though :o)

BTW These were all done with either DMC size 80 tatting thread OR some white vintage thread that I had bought off etsy.  


  1. Wonderful colors!!! I really like both! And the tie dye one lets you have a color no one else has! :)

  2. Jess, Your threads are just amazing! The colours are so rich. Nice work!

    Good luck on your exams!
    Fox : )

  3. Thanks you guys! I really like how they turned out. I just ordered some more threads to dye. If they turn out well I'm hoping to do a give away...and since my blog doesn't get many views... the odds of winning will be very high lol.
    Thanks Fox for the luck on my exams. I feel well about the BioOrganic, but my brain was a little frazzled afterwards for the Genetics. *Hopefully* I pulled through. I'm not going to stress about it now though since I can't do anything about it anyway.

  4. I love the vibrant colors! What dye did you use? I can't wait to see more of your dyed threads!

  5. Thank you! I actually got a tie dye kit from Walmart by Tulip, that just had fushia, turquoise and yellow in it. For my next batch however I will be trying my hand at Dharma's fiber reactive procion dyes. I actually received them in the mail today, but I'm waiting until after my last final tomorrow to start playing with them.