Monday, February 4, 2013

Ecru and White Thread Overload?

A common problem among us Irish Crocheters (if you can call it a problem!) is having an abundance of white and ecru thread.   Lori, one of our moderators over on the Ravelry Irish Crochet Lovers group, uses Sharpies to color her thread for an added artistic element.  Genius!  She has put together a little tutorial on her blog, and even has a video.

Check out her blog HERE!

A motif colored with Sharpie before blending.
There are two methods of dyeing your thread with the markers.  One is by directly coloring on the thread, and then dripping alcohol over it to dilute and blend the color.  The other way is to color the marker onto a container, and drip some alcohol onto the ink, then drop your motif in. You can dye the thread before you crochet, or make a motif and then color it!

Just think of all the fun we can have with this!

Motif after blending ink with alcohol.
If you try this please send us some pictures and we will share them here!


Faith said...

interesting concept..I am a purist though, and while I like color, Irish Crochet worked in the Ecru or White, brings out the details and loveliness of the finished piece, and is more traditional. But I suppose a piece finished up this way, could add some dimension of colors. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder...

Michelle said...

Very creative idea. I can think of several uses for it, not just for crochet pieces. Does the coloring fade or does it hold up well over time?

Akua Lezli Hope said...

Love adding techniques to the tool box.
thanks for sharing!

Lori McNamara said...

It holds up well on items that are not washed too often.