Monkey see, monkey do…
Monkey does the same as Laurel!
Last post, I told you all I had some walnuts from Greenbank Mill that Laurel helped me find. Well, they started browning so quickly, I had to get started right away on trying to figure this dyeing thing out…
Laurel’s easy-peasy tutorial was easy to follow.
A brick, a pot, some gloves, some walnuts and some water. Oh…it doesn’t hurt to have some wool to dye either. :)
This is what I had after I smashed open the walnuts.
Let me tell you…a brick and a walnut. That is some good tension therapy, lol!
Now, I really didn’t have any rainwater. But I had a hose and that seemed to work out. That water was brown within seconds.
And it was a really good tip to wear gloves. OMG.
Now, while you should probably let your walnuts soak a little longer, I only let mine soak overnight. Why? Because I want to see now. :)
I had some white coopworth wool that I had sitting in my fiber stash. It’s not white anymore! Next time you see this, I should be playing with carding it and spinning it up into some sort of brown yarn stuff.
Love what I learn from those folks at Greenbank Mill! Speaking of which…
The mill had a Teacher/Educator Day today and I was invited. :)
I passed the invitation along to the teachers and educators at the school where I work and I actually got to see one come through while I was there! I was so excited to see a co-worker from my school! And she has the cutest kids!! I think they had some fun while they were there…
One of the volunteers showed them some fiber techniques in the Madison Factory Textile Mill.
It didn’t take them long to see they were surrounded by wool!
After a brief stop in the gift shop (ahem)….they met Flo outside, who told them more about the sheep that are raised on the mill.
There was a short pop quiz on what sheep may have been used for during the 18th century. I think the kids passed!
Then, they got to feed the sheep before leaving.
Not bad for an hour!
After that, I just kind of hung out and ate cookies, lol. Oh! And I snapped pics…
I think these folks are getting better at posing for photos guys. :)
Before I left, I bought a T-shirt for volunteering…which more and more I think consists of taking photos. Hey, I can do that!
Guess this really makes me official now! ;)