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Hand-Dyed Yardages

All yardages are gently mottled for wonderful variations when you hook.

When I dye, I dye measuring a yard as 38", thus you will end up with less shrinkage.


Yardages are sold at:

1 yard — $48
¾ yard — $36
½ yard — $24
¼ yard — $12

Please be aware that colour variations will exist on two counts:

1. Your computer may "see" the colours differently.
2. There are always variations per dye lot.

The photos  and descriptions are a good general idea of what is offered.

For best results, order extra from what you think you will need; it is always iffy to match up later on!

Red Over-Dyed Wool Yardages

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A deep velvety blue red.  We've used this for backgrounds in many beautiful primitive and oriental rugs. 

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A favorite old red barn colour, this falls between the red orange family, and the purple reds.

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This is a splashy, in your face, bright orange red.  And it's a lighter relative to "Jalapeno", so they work wonders teamed up in oriental rugs.

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This is the rich, deep red that stands out from the others.  I often hear "ooh, what red is THAT?"  Nearly a necessity for an oriental, but it can make a stunning background or used for bright patriotics.

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A bit darker than Bonnie's bittersweet, this one filled the need for an earthy rust. Fabulous with turquoise blues and browns for American Indian projects.

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Here we have a “leaning towards blue red” wool, but not quite there…and a tad on the brown side. A favorite red for many.

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This quiet, medium dark makes a nice chestnut horse, and being an earthy red brown, works up well in Indian rugs with turquoises and oatmeals.

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A pleasantly warm, but not bright red. An earthy brown red. We're using it in orientals and primitives.

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Just the colour of a tomato bisque…it is getting quite a few fans.

Orange & Brown Over-Dyed Wool Yardages

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This orange with yellow tones, has fall and halloween written all over it !  Pumpkins, and fall leaves will glow.

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Like it's namesake, a warm golden colour.  Great for anything to do with fall.  Also for orangy cats!

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The name says it all…a luscious deep, dark, red black/brown.  It makes fabulous backgrounds, and  "black" horses.  I can never dye enough of this one, it flies out the door!

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This is a dull coppery colour, but not too dull...we use it for pumpkins, fall rugs, and primitive bittersweet!

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Close to the colour of an old copper penny, this is delicous with tealy blues. A good addition to turkeys, cats, foxes, and fall leaves! I love this over textures. So useful and pretty!

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A vivid smooth orange.  For autumn rugs, or for that special zing you need in an abstract, or geometric.

Gold & Yellow Over-Dyed Wool Yardages

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This is a gold with a slight greenish cast.  We've used this for orientals, primitives, pots, flowers. . .there's no end to what you can do with golds! 

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A relative of my Potato Skins. At first I wasn't sure if it would be “over the top”. But it hooks up softer than you'd think…and was spectacular for a Halloween sky rug many years ago. Over a dull texture, it adds warmth and softness for a primitive rug.

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A wonderful warm gold (like your grandmothers locket) for santas, orientals, primitive baskets and flowers.  We are always using it somewhere cause it looks  good with so many other colours.

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Exactly the colour of a Maine potato. . . a soft perfect gold brown.  Not green, nor orange.  Makes a terrific primitive gold background and works in a million other places as well.  This is one everyone loves to have in their stash.

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A wonderful,  dull mustardy gold;  this is a little more brown in tone than the warmer golds, and therefore is what is often needed.

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An unusual looking mix of golden browns and dull greens; this is just wonderful for primitive use.  Makes a great antiquey pot, or stems.   And not bad for pears, either!  

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A perennial favourite, especially for primitive use, as it is an interesting antique brown/gold/green colour.  Many customers keep a yard tucked away for emergencies!

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This colour is best described as a dark lemon! It has been used as a "yellow" background on a whimsical primitive. I think it might be interesting in orientals as well.

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Great for animals or the odd need…this dark golden brown is reminiscent of dog kibble!

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A good go-to gold…great with reds. Fits into orientals, primitives, baskets, and all sorts of places.

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Dawn Spencer sent me a paint sample to match for a background on a large rug we were planning. I went a little darker to "age" it, but it is still a "light" background...the name was no brainer! It is an interesting odd colour...not green, not yellow. It looks terrific with olives, purples and reds especially.

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Just what it sounds like! A relative of "potato skins", but warmed up to a peanut gold.

Green Over-Dyed Wool Yardages

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An attractive mix of olive, brown greens, and a dose of yellow green added in.

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A terrific green to keep on hand.  We use it over and over, even on a background once for a little boys rug. Can't be beat for leaves, ferns, dull yellow green grass.

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A blue spruce kind of green…looks blue as well, with certain colours.

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Just the right dull medium light green for primitive grass, as requested many years ago by my dear friend Tommy Bradford for her map of Cape Cod.  It's been a favourite for sheep pastures and such ever since!

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This is the kind of yellow green that reminds me of the lush grass colour found in Impressionist paintings.

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A most useful quiet medium value of yellow green. It has some reddish brown spottiness that suggests branches.

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Wonderful antique olive brown!  this is very useful for stems, very dull leaves, primitive pots.

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Another favorite eye catching wool that adds glow and spark wherever it ends up. Olive and bronze. . .2 favorites in one piece!

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This one was difficult to photograph.  it is actually a bit deeper and more green than what is shown.  It's quite variegated and has been used for backgrounds, geometrics, orientals and pictorials.  Everyone seems to admire this colour!

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A peppy yellow green with some olive areas.  It can be darker than shown here.

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We often use this odd blue-ish green for grass, as well as incorporated into orientals and geometrics.

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Medium in value, this practical and useful green has both yellow and blue green. It's usually sold out at rug camp, whether over a texture or not.

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This is an unusual colour.  It's a dark blue green with red purple shot through in areas.  Thus the name...it's always a surprise to see what people use it for besides leaves -- santas, borders, geometrics and bird feathers have all been done.

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At first, I thought to call this "moldy cheese", but decided it didn't sound appetizing. But, it is that colour...a lavender-tinged, dulled chartreuse green / gray!

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Just like the infamous “green fairy”, here is a vivid chartreuse to use in small doses!  Perfect for accents, abstracts...poisonous for sure.

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A longtime student, Barb Granlund, needed a deep dark green background. This did the trick! Also it is very attractive dyed over textures as well.

Blue Over-Dyed Wool Yardages

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An unusual colour.  Usually we will use it in orientals or geometrics, or possibly, with textures, for primitive flowers.

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One of my more popular blues; it's most frequent uses are for patriotic designs, orientals, and night skies of a medium value. It's a great one to have on hand!

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If you are looking for a night sky with a bit of life  to it, this one works out great, either alone or mixed with others.   Of course, it's nice in oriental rugs as well.

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This  "light" navy has much more personality than plain navy; so i named it in honor of my favourite performer / composer, Bob Dylan.  We mostly use it for backgrounds, and it makes a nice midnight sky -- alone or mixed with "same but different" wools.

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This soft, light blue makes a clear  sky for realistic pictorials.

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This is the same colour as it's namesake; we use it over and over for skies.  It's hard to keep this one on the shelf!

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This teal colour has made an interesting background more than once...it also can be utilized in orientals and geometrics. I love this colour with red purples.

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A favourite of many rug hookers...this makes a faded blue sky with beigy areas, just like some of the real antique rugs have.  It's also been used for dull blue flowers and water!

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A medium value blue leaning toward green.  I created it to match a students sample, for an oriental.  It's a little lighter than Weathered Teal.

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This quiet, soft grayed blue works wonderfully well with cranberry or navy.  Combine it with textures and you'll have blue flowers.  It can make a dull primitive sky too! 

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A favorite “go to” for orientals, this is lighter than “Midnight” and has a special affinity with so many other wools.

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I just love this fairly new addition! After playing with it for a year, finally I settled on this off yellow clay, streaked with blues. What a terrific pot, background, animal this would hook up into!

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This is a vivid blue, leaning towards teal.
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This blue was the one I used on the Little Lion rugs background. It got many comments! It is a deeper value of tealy blue than Oriental blue, and very attractive hooked up.

Pink & Purple Over-Dyed Wool Yardages

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A peppy blue violet, this is fun to use.  It's not really a primitive colour but rules can be broken!  Stained glass, or geometric usage is what we've used it for.

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This is a dull lavender blue. We've used it for violets, and other primitive flowers. I love the softness of it, even though it's not a colour we hookers use often.

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A request from Victoria Ingalls a few years back resulted in this rich, but not overly dark, eggplant.  We've used it time and time again for backgrounds.  It really brings out the best in soft golds,  pinks and lavenders. 

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A very rich, deep dark cranberry.  We've used this on orientals, Christmas rugs,  and for luscious backgrounds on florals.  It looks wonderful with bronzy greens and dull blues.

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This one is a dull lavender for primitive flowers, or perhaps in a geometric.

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This makes a quiet pink background for a little girl's rug, or pink primitive flowers.  We've also hooked a few pigs  with it too!

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Admittedly, not a colour you need often or keep on hand. But the purple-red fans use it with pinks or rose for flowers!

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Remember what those old 1950's pink prom dresses looked like after 25 years in the attic? Dingy, faded, beige streaked was how they aged. This colour makes the best dull pink primitive roses going.

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We don't use this colour very often, but it is useful for flowers, and stained glass. It's more pink tinged than a true lilac.

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A soft, medium value dull violet, this works in well in odd places. It would make antiquey grapes if used with related wools.

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This is used by people who want an antique dingy colour, because of its faded red tones.  It's a dull red purple, with some soft tan areas. 

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If you have pink rhubarb in your garden, you'll recognize the colour. This makes great primitive pink roses.

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Nice for those who like using the purple family and it's variations, as I do. If you prefer to add just a bit of that family, this and some others I offer can fit in nicely when dyed over textures.

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A pretty, romantic, pinky tinged red.  Medium in value.  Combine with textures for great primitive roses; also for Orientals.

Neutral Over-Dyed Wool Yardages

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A classic, and one of my first made up formulas from the 70's. Perfect for folky “white” flag stripes, dingy flowers, primitive animals and so much more. Instantly ages more when dyed over textures.

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Many years ago, Jessie Turbayne sent me a sample of this colour that popped up frequently in the old rugs she repairs. I matched it, and sent her a yard, then 2 more yards, then 2 more...and so it continues!  It's a dirty, yellowy cream.  It has less yellow than Creamed Corn, but is warmer than the other light backgrounds.  And quite popular with non repairers, as well.

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A tasty favorite for that dingy used-to-be-tan antique look. Who doesn't like coffee and khaki?

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Polly Minick requested this one. The name says it all, next to greens it looks brownish...next to browns it looks greenish.

Wonderful for the antique look!

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This gold based dark brown is for terrific animals and backgrounds, especially if dyed over textures.

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You can almost hear the ocean and the gulls!  A wonderful background for stained glass, shaded rugs, or for accents.  It's a "white" with tiny bits of corals, lavenders, yellows and blues.

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A student needed a sandy beach, so this one was born.  More grayed and darker than oatmeal.  It can make a very dull background for primitives, and also be used anywhere you'd want a variable "gray" such as clouds, dapple horses.

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This dirty white took off immediately as a best seller.  It was inspired by the colour of the beautiful handmade lingerie I found in my mothers attic.  It's a little too "white" for primitives in my opinion.  The fine shaders like it for a background, and other hookers report they like it for clothes on laundry lines, animals, white flowers, and clouds.

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This versatile and fun to use spot dye, is always in demand.  Generally, it's a purplish, greeny black.  But some people request more blue, or more green.  So I usually have several variations on the shelf!  It makes super crows,  and mixes in with other "blacks" for backgrounds or even animals.  i've even used it for a background on a floral shaded bellpull.

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There are times when pure white is too glaring, and natural is too flat. This barely off-white is perfect for such needs and crewel backgrounds.

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Once upon a time, Mary Jane needed a "dirt" background for her vegetable rug. And we've been using it ever since for that, and dirt roads, dead leaves and all kinds of things.

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Currently on a trial run; this was the initial result to duplicate a dull yellow clay colour on my antique Sarouk rug.

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Once again, a student had a need…her holiday stained glass rug needed some pizazz. This is mostly off white, with touches of pale rose, light green, and a bit of gold. I especially like to use Dorr's sparkle wool with this formula for Christmas glass rugs.

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Just enough of a faint warm tinge makes this a pleasing background for shaded motifs. It's quite light…I wouldn't use it for the antique look pieces.

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Of course, this one will be best chosen in person...as I do dye it in a range of flesh tones. Mainly intended for folky and primitive skin, as I have 6 value swatches for the more detailed face. Lots of fun to dye over light textures, and use them for the simple faces that lack features. A ¼ yd piece will hook an entire village!