100% Pure Virgin Wool 2-Ply thread from France and hand dyed in the studio of The Merry Hooker Woolens.
Dark Bittersweet appliqué thread is a deeply saturated color dyed to blend with our deep orange red, pumpkin and bittersweet hand dyed wool fabrics. Marita has used it in one of Maggie Bonanomi's delightful designs from her Buttonwood Farm book.
Each 10 gram skein has approximately 105 yards of 2-ply thread.
In The Merry Hooker Woolens dye studio, we honor the slow and labor-intensive process necessary to obtain richly dyed woolens with good colorfastness, colors that permeate into the core of the fabrics and a soft hand that make them a pleasure to work with. We don’t rush the wool and we don’t subscribe to the "hurry up" method of dyeing.
Our wool is soaked in a bath of water and a wetting agent for at least 24 hours to make certain that the fibers are completely saturated. To ensure colorfastness, each dye bath is brought to the proper temperature and simmered with the appropriate mordant for at least one hour. After dyeing, we add our lanolin-based fine wool soak to the dye bath and allow it to cool completely, usually overnight. Once it’s completely cooled, the wool is removed from the dye bath, dried and fulled in the dryer.
Our hand dyed woolens come to you ready to use in your chosen craft with no additional processing necessary.
Our wool kits* for our appliqué designs are created especially for each design and are carefully prepared with ample wool to complete your project. The wools in the kit will generally not be the same wools used to stitch the original and are intended to give a look similar to, but not the same as, the original. Keep in mind that the photograph accompanying the pattern is meant as a guide only; your piece will be uniquely your own.
* Please note: Unless noted otherwise in the product description, our kits do not include threads, non-wool fabrics called for in the design, buttons, or other non-wool items.