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Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Dyeing Threads...and other things ~

I always dye my threads... usually after my stitching project is complete, ...but sometimes I don't want the entire project overdyed


I tend to dye them first:

these colors, although aren't by any means bright, to me, still needed 'something'...

... so I brew a pot of coffee... (no instant coffee for me folks) take the skein wrappers off, and dunk the skeins HALFWAY down intot he pot of hot brew ~ ...place them on my trusty little stained & dinged-up cookie sheet and pop them into a preheated 350 degree oven for about 5 minutes... THEN I check them and turn them and in they go again for another 5 minutes...
after they reach my desired amount of SCORCHED-NESS (?) I will let them air dry fully before using them... dipping them down into the coffe half-way lends a variegated look that I love....


my friend Joan (hi Joan!!) love little "sew-y" gadgets and introduced this gizmo to Flea & I the other week...

a teeny tiny OTT lamp!!!

it's as big as a cell phone and believe me when I tell ya... it is BRIGHT!!!

I love how it can clip on anything, and travels well in my sewing basket....

$20 at Michaels, not bad!!!!! (it is battery operated, so buy those lithium, long-lasting ones)

AND one more thing....

the UPS-man just brought my batch of Primitive Quilt and Projects Magazine!!!!

(I will be selling these in the shop & they are now available

if you'd like to purchase a copy, please let me know!)

my copy is waiting for me and a steaming cup of pomegranate-green tea laced with white clover honey...

(i did a quick peak and had to sit down...oh my stars & garters!!!)


I want to thank all of the folks at www.primitivequiltsandprojects.com

for including me in this beautiful, high-quality publication....

look for my series of projects in the first four issues!!!

have a wonderful day my Friends!!!

Blessings from the Farm...



Beckyjean said...


Love that little Ott light. I'm going to have to go out & buy one for myself.

I'm waiting for my issue of the magazine to arrive. I'm sure it will be here soon.

Have a wonderful day~Becky

*Stitches* said...

do you rinse the thread at all?
just wondering if you get any residue on your projects. i suppose instant coffee produces more residue.
your thoughts...and thanks for sharing this information!!


WoolenSails said...

I have not tried coffee on my threads, but I have a few that need grunging up. Last time I used rit and made a mud color, lol. Might be a good thing to do today, rainy and windy out.


Lori from Notforgotten Farm said...

Hi Karen *stitches* ~ thanks for asking...I don't rinse my threads after 'baking'...I like the look of the browned-coffee on them...


Jeanne said...

what a great idea with the coffee ~ I'm going to try that.

Robin said...

Love the coffee dyed thread...wow what a difference !! Gonna have to find me a little light like that too....age setting in and need all the help seeing whilst I stitch ya know....lol
I'd love to purchase a copy of the magazine from you Lori...didn't see an Email address to contact you...

Attic Rags said...

I would love to get a magazine ..Email me at meganp3870@gmail.com with final cost .. Thank you

Carrie P. said...

Neat idea for the thread.

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