Revised version of The Wool Palette

I have gone ahead and revised my dye book, The Wool Palette.  When you click the sidebar image of the new cover, you will be taken to more information about how to order it.


I have corrected and amended the book wherever I have found errors in the first printing.  I have revised the method for creating the secondary and tertiary colors, by halving the dry dye recipes for the primary colors instead of doubling the water.  This makes for more consistent dyes overall and better results for the tertiary formula.  I have also switched from vinegar to citric acid, so I include directions for using citric acid in my dye process.

I decided to produce a revised edition of The Wool Palette in response to a question that several of my readers have posed to me.  "Can you suggest some dyes for me to start creating my own palette?" I have been asked.  "Yes, but I can do even better than that," is my response.  "I can provide you with easy recipes that will create a beautiful starter palette for you."  The recipes for this palette only require you to purchase six dyes, which amounts to less than $20. From them you can easily create all 67 colors around the wheel using the simple procedure outlined in this book.  If you wish to customize your own palette, you can still do this by adjusting the recipes I provide in this book, or creating your own recipes for a red formula, a blue formula, and a yellow formula from scratch.  The instructions for creating you own customized palette remain.  But now you also have the option of using starter recipes too!

For convenience's sake, I have included the Starter Palette recipes in a new reference guide at the end of the book. I also interspersed the Starter Palette recipes in the different lessons.  The recipes for the primary dyes (red, yellow, blue) are found in a big red box in Lesson 5: Creating Your Magic Primary Colors.  The recipes for the secondary dyes (orange, green, and purple) are found in Lesson 6: Creating Your Secondary Colors.  The recipes for the tertiary dyes (red-orange, orange-yellow, yellow-green, green-blue, blue-purple, and purple-red) are found in Lesson 7: Creating Your Tertiary Colors.  Watch for the boxes that include the recipes.

The reference guide at the end of the book is new.  As I myself used this book in my dye kitchen, I found myself constantly flipping through the pages to find this measurement chart and that formula chart.  I kept asking myself why I didn't reproduce these charts at the end of the book?  Wouldn't have that been handy?  So I have added a reference appendix, where I reproduce all twelve Starter Palette recipes, the measurement formulas for 8-value dyeing, and the measurement chart for dyeing yardage of a single color and value.

As an extra bonus, I have included photos of more rugs because I have been busy hooking since the first printing of The Wool Palette.


Looking for a unique Christmas gift for a rug hooker?

There are always great hooks to put in stockings or fat quarters of wool, and now it looks like Townsend cutter heads too!  There are ATHA memberships, Rug Hooking Magazine and Wool Street Journal subscriptions.  And books.  Including my new instructional dye book, The Wool Palette.  It is easy to order.  Just click the button in my right sidebar and you will be taken to the publisher  LuLu is a print-on-demand publisher for all of us authors who write books for smaller audiences than traditional presses like to take on.  So when you order your book, it will be printed for you and sent to you within a few days.  It is a unique gift packed full of how-to instructions and information about color.

The Wool Palette is available

I am thrilled to announce that my book, The Wool Palette, is now available from I have placed a 'Buy Now' button on the sidebar of my blog which will take you directly to and the fuller description of my book. I am extremely pleased with the book. It is a large book, 8 1/2" by 11", 105 pages. It contains over 60 illustrations and photos, including many of my rugs.

The purpose of the book is to describe step-by-step the Palette Dyeing process, helping you create 67 colors from three 'primary' dye formulas. You start by creating your own red, yellow and blue, and from these 64 other colors can be created.

EXCERPT: Palette Dyeing is conceived from the point of view of a painter who creates all her colors from the three primary colors, by mixing red, yellow and blue. But here is the catch. This process is not about taking pre-made red, yellow and blue straight from the packet and mixing them. This process is about creating your own unique formulas for the three 'primary' colors so that the result will be your own unique color palette of wool. In other words, it is about beginning by mixing a red you love, a yellow you love, and a blue you love, and then combining these signature dyes to create the twelve hues on the color wheel, neutrals and grays and everything in between.

In these lessons, I will be providing complete step-by-step instructions about this process. I will introduce you to color and mixing dyes so that you are able to create your own signature palette of wool. I will also share with you dyeing techniques so that you can create beautiful gradated, textured wools and dappled wools with your palette dyes, wools that will give your rugs fantastic appeal. You will learn in these lessons how to easily dye any color, any value, any time. The lessons begin with instructions for the 8-gradation dyeing process used to create your palette wools. Next color theory is discussed since it forms the basis for Palette Dyeing. Then the lessons proceed with instructions for creating your own 67 Palette Dyes and information about dyeing a single color and value in yardage rather than swatches. The lessons assume no prior knowledge of dyeing, proceed step-by-step through all processes and include notebooks for your samples.

I've been working on The Wool Palette

Today I sent in my book, The Wool Palette, to be published. Once I get the proofs and approve them, I will post on availability. I am really happy with the way it turned out. I was able to get it printed in full color in paperback, 8 1/2" by 11". So there are over 90 full color illustrations, photos (including my rugs), and sample chips of all the dyes.

The book is a complete guide to Palette Dyeing. I go step-by-step through the Palette Dyeing process, from creating your primary three colors, to mixing them to make the twelve colors on the color wheel. Then I detail how to create the 55 extended colors by blending the twelve in various combinations. I also provide directions for creating textures, mottled wool, and black to match your palette. The instructions assume no prior knowledge of dyeing. Anyone can do it. It is really easy and exciting!

Dyeing on Mother's Day?!

Happy Mother's Day to all the mothers out there!

We are enjoying our AC. Good to have it back and better. We are thrilled that we have gone GREEN. Our AC, thanks to President Obama, will get us a $1500 tax credit this year because it is a 16 SEER energy efficient unit that doesn't use freon. So we aren't hurting the ozone anymore, and since our old unit was only a 10 SEER and thirty years old, we are going to be using about 1/2 the power to run heat and air. For those of you in the north (and I used to be one of you), AC in Houston is like heat in Michigan or Ontario. I always thought of AC as a not-so-necessary luxury because I never lived in a hot climate before until moving to Houston. Now I know different. A week without air in May is barely bearable. In July and August, well, heat exhaustion and heat stroke would be a serious threat.

My garage dye kitchen is working well. Four more colors produced this weekend: Spanish Moss 140; Mackinaw Lilac (MY FAVORITE SO FAR) 133; Pink Iris 134; and Rosehip (named by Alexander) 145.

I have also been working on creating Kinship Color Palette Collections, to take the guess work out of color planning for rugs. I'm having SO much fun.

I want to also mention that my sister Tiffany is on this same adventure with me. She is dyeing her entire palette too. It is great to compare notes daily, to see how our different primaries are effecting the color mixing process.

All of this I am working into a book called The Wool Palette which I hope to have available in hard cover and paperback by midsummer.