I received an order of hand dyed wool fabric this week from Weeks Dye Works. I love this stuff! I use it to make my pincushions. I love the fact that it is soft, but that the dye process has already felted the wool. It won’t easily unravel when you try to stitch it. I also love that their dyeing process creates a mottled effect. The colors aren’t equally saturated throughout the piece, which gives your project some character.
I’m a designer; I take fabric, textiles and fibers and develop projects. I have always loved making stuff for around the house. In the past year or so, I’ve spent more time designing things that could be sold (see my etsy shop) or projects that I could use to teach. So besides the pincushions, I have another idea to use Weeks Wool. Problem is finding the time to get the idea out of my head and into a prototype. Sometimes I find, just having the idea sit in my head for awhile helps me work out the kinks in the design.
So with ideas of future wool projects dancing in my head, I opened the box from Weeks and was surprised to see a couple of samples of their hand dyed weavers cloth (Thanks, Kelly!). Oh dear! I knew they carried other types of fabric, but I never saw this in real life. This stuff is wonderful. Its all about the “hand” (how it feels when you touch it). My experience has been that most people use this fabric for embroidery, but lately I’ve been seeing a lot of new designers are using unusual fabrics, like linen, in their sewing projects. Linen and weaver’s cloth are old timey fabrics, that are getting a revised appreciation from the trendier designers like Rashida Coleman-Hale with her “I Love Patchwork” book. So, when I touched the Weeks weaver’s cloth my senses were sparked. This fabric feels so good, I know something cool has to come of it. So stay tuned to see what I do with it, my brain is humming.
Note: I am going to start selling Weeks wool through my etsy store later in February. Stay tuned, I’ll let you know when its available.