How-to: Overdye Upcycled Felted Wool to Create Custom Colors

gently handle a finished piece to overdye itIf you’re overdyeing a finished piece, as I am, then be especially mindful that you don’t felt it even more with water that’s too hot  or warp it under its own weight as it become saturated with liquid. I laid my felted wool Christmas trees nicely in the colander attachment to my dye pot to dye them, turned them carefully by hand, and set them back up straight to drain.

Notice that these dyed trees are still pretty dark–that’s because they’re wet. They’ll lighten up considerably once I’ve rinsed them and they’ve air-dried.

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Written by Julie Finn

I'm a writer, crafter, Zombie Preparedness Planner, and homeschooling momma of two kids who will hopefully someday transition into using their genius for good, not the evil machinations and mess-making in which they currently indulge. I'm interested in recycling and nature crafts, food security, STEM education, and the DIY lifestyle, however it's manifested--making myself some underwear out of T-shirts? Done it. Teaching myself guitar? Doing it right now.

Visit my blog Craft Knife for a peek at our very weird handmade homeschool life, and my etsy shop Pumpkin+Bear for a truly odd number of rainbow-themed beeswax pretties.


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