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Tuesday, March 2, 2010

{ Dyeing to try something new! }

Hi folks!

I've been stitching forever, it seems,
and it seems that I always overdye my finished work...

well for once I've decided to dye my linen before I stitch on it!
out came my dye pot, spoons, gloves & dye packets...
in goes the water, dye and linen~
out comes this
beeeeautiful linen
that I can hardly wait to start stitching on!

You can see in the picture above,
the 'before' on your left and the 'after' on the right...
I used Cushing's Acid Dyes,
and sort of mixed some colors together
to get what I'm calling
"Olde Flax"
a beautiful, mottled color~
the linen is 28ct and I am so excited to stitch a sampler on this,
that I will be designing one especially for this linen!! LOL!
I might even dye up some more and offer it on etsy if there's any interest...
Ok then, I'm off to STITCH!

Blessings from the Farm,


  1. it's so beautiful...a perfect shade!

  2. Ohhhh! the linen turned out lovely!
    Can't wait to see what you put on it. Yes, I think there would be an interest in the fabric. Just let us all know when to look see.
    Happy Stitching!

  3. the linen looks awesome~perfect color!

  4. That turned out great. Love the color.

  5. It really came out beautifully, love the aged look. Did you use the wool dyes? I guess if it is natural linen, it would take. I tend to like using white, I can see the holes better. Then I antique it.


  6. Oooohhh!!! Lovely!! Can't wait to see what you stitch up for this!

  7. Hi Debbie!
    yes, I did use the Cushing's Dyes that I use to dye my takes to the Linen perfectly! and, I've always overdyed my finished work too, as I said in the post, but i don't want to overdye the threads that I'm using for this sampler, they are from Gentle Arts/Sampler Threads and are too pretty to overdye!!

    Blessings from the farm,

  8. Lori, I think this linen will be wonderful with whatever you are designing. You have a great color "eye." Can't wait to buy some if you offer it on etsy. And that sampler will probably be a must have.

  9. Wow, the linen came out so nice, great color. Sure hope you put some on Etsy. Have fun stitching.

  10. Hi Lori,

    It's great! I love dyeing things! BUT . . if you do offer this for sale count me in !!! that a pun?
    Happy stitches . . .
    Lori Ann


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