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Overdyeing Wool with Onion Skins

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Yellow (and some red) onion skins afloat
If you're reading this, you likely have lots of yarn in your house ;o)
And sometimes the yarn isn't exactly the right color you want or need for your next project, agreed? There are lots of ways to remedy this -- but the easiest way, in my book, is to overdye the color. And one of the easiest ways to dye anything is to work with onion skins, right on the stovetop.
I had some wonderful 18/2 superfine merino from JaggerSpun in Maine. (If you don't know about this great company and its wonderful products, here's the link: www.jaggeryarn.com.) I knitted it up on my knitting machine and then felted it (more correctly, fulled it) so that it became more sturdy and funky. Still, it was soft pink. Sometimes that's a hard sell.
Love the fabric, but maybe not the color?
What to do next? Embellish? Shibori resist and dye in an indigo vat? Overdye? I had lots of onion skins in the cupboard, and I envisioned getting a rich peachy coral a…

Celebrating 12 Years of Fiber Artistry!

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Sample from my workshop on weaving with hand-dyed 60/2 silk

Weaving and Fiber Arts Center Open House Saturday, January 4, 2014, 1-4 p.m.
Studio 1940, Piano Works Mall 349 West Commercial St. East Rochester, NY 14445 585.377.2955
The public is invited to help mark the 12th anniversary of the Weaving and Fiber Arts Center at an open house on Saturday, January 4, 2014, from 1 to 4 p.m. There's a lot to celebrate!
Since January 2002, the Center has offered courses in weaving and fiber arts for all ages and skill levels. Twelve years since its founding, the facility has become a valuable resource for the growing number of fiber artists throughout the Rochester region and western New York State.
Consider these statistics:
The Center opened in January 2002 offering 22 classes to a roster of 129 students during its first class session. Today, for its current four-month session, the Center offers 57 classes to approximately 300 students!
In weaving classes alone, 92 students are currently r…