Silk Habotai

Silk Habotai

I did not accomplish my planned hooking this week due to a cold and processing food for winter use.  I did manage to mail and receive some orders though, including this lovely silk habotai from the US.  Not cheap, but great texture!

One of my orders came with mistakes…this is the third time for that particular company.  I think I will stop buying from there…unless I make the cross-Canada jaunt to actually walk in and pick up what I want.  It is so frustrating because it is a well known rug hooking store with some wonderful choices of fibres.  The colours sent are not in my palette range for use.  Nor do I want them to be…  I am not returning the order because of shipping costs and the lack of a return policy on their website.  Instead I took my time to over dye them.  It is a good reminder to me about what not to do in business.

Here are the before and after pics…

Gold before dyeing. I ordered orange.

Gold before dyeing. I ordered orange.


My

My “new” orange boucle!


The original variegated green, which was beautiful, just not what I ordered or wanted.

The original variegated green, which was beautiful, just not what I ordered or wanted.


My new to me yellow greens. It remains to be seen if I've got good colours or mud here. I'll take photos when they dry and post those too.

My new to me yellow greens. It remains to be seen if I’ve got good colours or mud here. I’ll take photos when they dry and post those too.

Aside from that small frustration, I am doing fine here.  I have a source for the undyed fibre and I will dye it myself from now on for my personal use and for my students.  I had hoped to create a bit of a shortcut to my time involvement, but apparently that is not to be.

For my students and customers this is good news!  It means I will eventually be offering up specially dyed fibres for sale in keeping with the palette and style I hook.  🙂

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