Dyed the Wool, Bought the T-Shirt

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.Β  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.Β  Oh…it doesn’t hurt to have some wool to dye either. πŸ™‚

This is what I had after I smashed open the walnuts.

Let me tell you…a brick and a walnut.Β  That is some good tension therapy, lol!

Now, I really didn’t have any rainwater.Β  But I had a hose and that seemed to work out.Β  That water was brown within seconds.

And it was a really good tip to wear gloves.Β  OMG.

Now, while you should probably let your walnuts soak a little longer, I only let mine soak overnight.Β  Why?Β  Because I want to see now. πŸ™‚

I had some white coopworth wool that I had sitting in my fiber stash.Β  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. πŸ™‚

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!Β  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.Β  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.Β  Oh! And I snapped pics…

I think these folks are getting better at posing for photos guys. πŸ™‚

Before I left, I bought a T-shirt for volunteering…which more and more I think consists of taking photos.Β  Hey, I can do that!

Guess this really makes me official now! πŸ˜‰


  1. This was great – thanks for sharing these great pictures!

  2. How wonderful and how fun!

  3. You mill looks a lot like Mount Vernon here in Virginia. Looks like a fun afternoon! I can’t wait to see what you make from the wool you dyed!

  4. There’s never a dull moment here. πŸ™‚ I can’t wait to see how the black walnuts die the wool. I’m supposing it will be much richer than the purple onions. That farm sounds like such a fabulous place. I’d take a field trip there any time.

  5. grayseasaylor says:

    I am so glad you found Greenbank Mills, Stacey! It is so important to preserve and develop creative skills…and it is fun!!! I will have to read more about dying. I thought you always had to use some sort of mordant. I am looking forward to seeing your walnut hued fiber! xx from Gracie

  6. You are so nice, I loved this post but as always… Thank you, love, nia

  7. Love your blog. We just nominated you for the Reader Appreciation Award. You can find info at our site.

    • Thanks! I’m trying to organize and neaten up this sidebar today, so I’m putting all the awards in a spot with hopefully, 100 things y’all don’t know about me at some point (is there anything I don’t tell y’all here?? LOL!).

  8. Just found your blog and I’m loving it. I would LOVE to visit Greenbank Mill. Dang – it’s a long drive from Montana. Maybe I can find something equally cool around these parts.

    Anyway – glad to have found you. I’ll be back!


    • Oh, I hope you can find one! I can’t tell you how much fun I have and how much I learn at this mill. If you are near the mill-ever-be sure to come by and see what’s going on. πŸ™‚ Thank you for stopping by!

  9. thistlecovefarm says:

    Walnuts make the most beautiful brown. If you get a chance, try some gray Romney to over dye…the results are absolutely amazing!
    Many thanks for visiting Thistle Cove Farm and for your kind comments.

    • I agree! I have seen a lot of different results in the tutorials across the web. It’s pretty exciting! Can’t say I am the type to record how to get certain browns yet…But I think the surprise of which one I will get is really fun!

      I think your post was awesome. πŸ™‚


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