Getting ready for a show involves so much more than just sitting down to sew a bear or rabbit!
There are countless hours spent on other tasks . . looking through "inspiration books", heading to antique shows in hopes of finding that wonderful something to base a piece around . . . . and dyeing mohair!
Mohair comes in many colors and styles but hand dyeing gives each piece it's own unique color and patina. You can't buy these colors off the rack or get that old look of being boiled and scrunched and dried. So. . . for as messy a job it is . . the end result is so very worth the effort!
My "system" is not at all science. Mostly the "Wing & a Prayer" method !
Yes, I have a dye book, written by Emma Lou Lais and Barbara Carroll (a lovely hooking friend!) "Antique Colors For Primitive Rugs". But . . I mainly look at the pictures, read what basics go into a color then do my own thing! I dye as I cook . . . with very little measuring involved! I use different types of dyes but Cushings makes so many wonderful colors ! Quite messy and I have been known to live with pretty red or green fingertips for a week!
It's very difficult to tell for sure when the mohair is still wet , what it will look like once dry. Usually I'm happy, but if there is a piece I don't like I just set it aside to be overdyed next time! There is always a next time!
This time I have a lovely stack of Earth colors for sweet little bears and rabbits!
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