I’ve finally finished the roadside and pavement of my Prairie Sky piece, (after making a number of colour changes and adjustments to the hooking style). I ended up using a variety of materials….3 different plaids, wool yarn and two different colours of sari silk. Now to turn my full attention to the sky.
I’d tried some areas and ripped most out. I needed to make a decision about how I was actually going to hook it as well , of course, as the colour choices.
My initial colour selection was this: blues I dug out of my stash.….but as I experimented, I didn’t like the effect of the very dark blues at all. I needed more pale shades. I took this photo awhile ago and I’m not sure why there are only two pieces since I actually dyed four light shades these being the lightest and darkest.
I wanted the clouds to be highlighted, and so I’m using a variety of white wool yarns plus Dorr natural wool .My biggest dilemma was this…….would I hook the sky straight across (bottom right sky sample) or wavy and directional (cloud beginnings). I thought about this for a number of weeks while completing the bottom roadside section. The answer I came up with? Do both. I’ll make the clouds contour the actual shapes and the sky will be pretty well straight lines. Every time I go through this sort of process, I think afterwards….that is so OBVIOUS! why did it take me so long to figure it out? So I’m on my way…I knew I would need to dye more pale blue shades and yesterday was the day.
I now have a wide variety of blue shades to use in finishing my sky.
Many thanks to Lucy Richard of The Wooly Mason Jar. I recently watched her video about how to dye 1/2 yard of wool using her amazing colour wheel system of dyeing. I’ve never tried her system, but I picked up a number of hints from the video which were really helpful. …some hints about micro wave dyeing eg. timing and when she adds the mordent, and using Woolite as a rinse at the end. Hookers are such a diverse community and we can learn so much from each other. Thanks for the tips Lucy.
Whew! the humidex is to be nearly 40 C today, so for me it’s a stay inside, stay cool, and hook day. Hope you have a good day too
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