Colour spectrum wheel for choosing dyed wool yardages by colour range. Greens Blues Neutrals Pinks & Purples Reds Oranges & Browns Golds & Yellows

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:
  • your computer may "see" the colours differently
  • 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!

Textured dyed wool yardages.

In addition, I have begun dyeing many of these yardage formulas over coloured textures. Some of these formulas have different results on the textured wool, but many are similar enough where they can be mixed with the "solid" wool for added interest, especially in backgrounds. If you are interested in any of these, and have questions, please contact me. They are going like hotcakes at the workshops I've brought them to! Most popular right now are Honey Mustard, Potato Skins, Creamed Corn, Oatmeal and Mocha Frosting.

Red Dyed Wool Swatches

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

Old Red.
One of my most popular reds for the last 10 years!  A favourite for orientals, primitives, even backgrounds.  An old barn red colour.
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.
Old St Nick.
If you want a bricky brown santa, this is the colour.  It's a blue red, but it has brown overtones.  Of course it hooks up great for old red houses, primitive flowers, dull oriental red areas, and flags too.
Indian Red.
A pleasantly warm, but not bright red. An earthy brown red. We're using it in orientals and primitives.

Orange & Brown Dyed Wool Swatches

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Jack O' Lantern.

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

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

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!

Bonnie's Bittersweet.
This is a dull coppery colour, but not too dull...we use it for pumpkins, fall rugs, and primitive bittersweet!
Mary Jane's Garden Dirt.
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.
Terra Cotta Pot.
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.

Gold & Yellow Dyed Wool Swatches

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Potato Skins.

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.

Creamed Corn.
This is a light version of "potato skins."  When used as a background on halloween rugs, orientals, or primitives, it can be spectacular.  It hooks up as a soft light gold, not nearly as yellow as you'd think!   It disappears quickly at workshops!
Old Locket.

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.

Old Gold.
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! 
Honey Mustard.

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

Bosc Pear.
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!  

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!

Lemonade in the Shade.
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.
A bit darker than Old Gold, and lighter than Bosc Pear. Great with reds!

Green Dyed Wool Swatches

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Watermelon Rind.
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.
An attractive mix of olive, brown greens, and dark yellow greens.  It's a good green for pictorials, as well as primitives.  It will have darker areas on it than this photo shows.
This is a wonderful green.  It has a spotty range of mediums and darks, and for realism, some brownish areas that suggest tree trunks.  It can be darker than shown in the photo.  Adds interest to leaves, and pictorial trees.
Bronze Olive.
Another great colour for bronzy  primitive  leaves!  Or how about an unusual primitive background?  It looks great with reds, on a dark background.
A peppy yellow green with some olive areas.  It can be darker than shown here.
Oriental Red.

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.

Red Onion.

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


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


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

Tommy's Primitive Grass.

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!


Here is a blue- spruce kind of green.   It's named sage not because of it's colour, but because it is very quiet and peaceful.


A medium value yellow green;  we like to use pasture with textures for primitive leaves. 

Army Blanket.

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

Forest Shadows.

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!

A dark rich green; it can be a little lighter than shown. Useful for borders, dull trees, or Christmas rugs.
Soft Nile.

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

Beet Greens.

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

Blue Dyed Wool Swatches

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Cadet Blue.
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!
Weathered Teal.

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

"Tangled Up in Blue."
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.

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.

Faded Jeans.
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!
Soft Sky.

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

Primitive Sky.
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!
French Blue.

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

Williamsburg Blue.
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! 

Pink & Purple Dyed Wool Swatches

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Violet Corsage.
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.
Beach Plum.

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.

Cranberry Bog.
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.
Victoria's Eggplant.

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. 

Lavender Sachet.

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

Old Prom Dress.
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.
Currant Jelly.

This is usually a bit darker and not as bright as shown. It's nice combined with pinks and textures to do primitive flowers with.

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

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.

Faded Rose Petals. 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!

Neutral Dyed Wool Swatches

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Jessie's Antique.
About 10 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.

This is a much requested background colour, for primitives.  We also use it for "white" areas such as flag stripes, in rugs where a whiter colour would be too bright.   It's either a warm dingy gray, or a grayed light tan, depending on how you look at it. Combined with similar coloured textures, it makes terrific animals, backgrounds and "white" flowers.

Mocha Frosting.

A definite favourite among primitive hookers for backgrounds, this rather unusual colour makes an good antique background.  It's an odd mix of very dull camel, khaki, and light coffee.

Sand Pebbles.
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.
Coffee Bean.

A cool yellow brown, not a red brown like  Candy Bar; this can be used for animals, backgrounds, buildings, tree trunks, so many places! 

Old Underwear.
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.
Beach Sand.

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.

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.
Crow Feathers.

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.

Dusty Old Blue.

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.

Jill's Copper Penny.

Just  the colour of an old copper penny. .. great for antiquey rugs and wonderful with blues.  Jill is using it for her Talish center background, to coordinate with her dull coppery upholstery.  

Dawn's Early Light.

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.

Jane's Peanut Butter.
Just what it sounds like! A relative of "potato skins", but warmed up to a peanut gold.
Tree Lichen.
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!
Polly's Old Khaki Uniform.
Polly Minick requested this one. The name says it all, next to greens it looks to browns it looks greenish.

Wonderful for the antique look!
Burnt Red.

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.

Tomato Soup.
Just the colour of a tomato bisque. . .it is getting quite a few fans.
Dog Biscuit.
Great for animals or the odd need. . .this dark golden brown is reminiscent of dog kibble!
Oriental Blue.
A favorite “go -to” for orientals, this is lighter than “Midnight” and has a special affinity with so many other wools.
Just like the infamous “green fairy”, here is a vivid chartreuse to use in small doses!  Perfect for accents, abstracts...poisonous for sure.
Mashed Carrots.
A vivid smooth orange.  For autumn rugs, or for that special zing you need in an abstract, or geometric.