Wednesday, July 18, 2007

My results

Here are the skeins I painted in Seattle amongst all the other work we were doing! Handpainting was new to me as an artform and the concept crept in slowly, but surely! Of course there are many ways to paint a skein and tastes vary greatly. The 1st skein I painted to the last run left to right. The 2nd and 4th skeins are overdyed with indigo, their partners are the 1st and 3rd. The 6th skein is what not to do for good color blending, at least in my mind! The 5th and 7th flow nicely. Skeins 1-4 are cotton/rayon, 5 is silk, 6 and 7 are wool. As important as understanding color and blending is the actual technique for the painting as well as the project that the yarn will be knitted for.


  1. Anonymous6:26 AM

    Hi Nancy,
    Your skeins are just gorgeous. I love your colors! Even the last one! Leslie

  2. Anonymous4:50 PM

    I don't understand the process but WOW!


  3. Thanks for your votes of confidence! I have a long way to go but already I see the way. I am presently knitting swatches from each skein and will post a photo of them so you can see what happens once knitted. That's when the results really's a learning curve! The process simplified is to mix up concentrated natural dyes in cups and with various brushes paint the dye on the skein in such a way to create the variegation. Some paint for stripes, others for an allover even varigation, the desired effect is up to the painter. For me the 7th skein is the most likely to achieve allover varigation. But we'll see...knitted swatches should be up in a week! Thanks for weighing in!

  4. Anonymous2:26 AM

    Your week in Seattle sounded wonderful and I'm very envious. I'm still planning on popping in to visit you en route to Vermont and I think it will probably be on 2nd August.