The Vintage Colors collection is a grouping of our softly faded-looking colors suitable for use in appliqué or quilting. This collection of hand dyed wool consists of ten different colors and textures ready to use in your stitching project.
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.
Our wool bundles for appliqué are grouped into either 5-piece or 10- piece collections and come in three sizes:
Single Bundle...Each piece is about 7" X 8"
Double Bundle...Each piece is about 8" X 14"
Extra-Large Bundle... Each piece is about 14" X 16"
The extra large bundle size is also suitable for rug hooking. If we are out of stock in a particular size then you will not be able to add that size to your shopping cart.
Please note that we can not split or make substitutions in our wool bundles for appliqué.
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 create 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.
We use the same wonderful 100% woolens you'll find in our rug hooking offerings and, with one significant variation,our process for dyeing wool for appliqué and quilting uses the same thorough dye methods. This single variation is to put the fabrics through an extra wash to create a slightly denser fabric that is better suited to the appliqué and quilting processes. Our appliqué wools are fulled, not felted.
Our pre-washed 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.