Welcome to Pig in a Blanket Wools!! I started dyeing wool about 18 months ago basically just to see if I could. The first time I tried it I used Koolaide, it looked ok, but I decided that over the long term that probably wasn't the best method to use if I wanted to color to last. About the same time I started the wool adventure, my friend Kristie was moving and cleaning out some of her craft items. Lucky for me she had 3 huge plastic bins of different dyes and everything you would need to dye with. I couldn't wait to get started. I became a regular at the local Good Will and Salvation Army stores, I loved finding anything in 100% wool, the larger the size the better. Eventually I started ordering wool yardage so I could have pieces that were larger than I was getting out of a skirt or a pair of pants. A couple of months after my first dyeing experience I was fortunate enough to make my second trip to quilt market in Houston with my good friend Pat Wys over at Silver Thimble Quilt Co. This was a wonderful opportunity for me to see what other people were doing with wool and how they were marketing themselves.
I realized if i really wanted to do something with my wool I needed a name, after much thinking I asked my DH what he thought, he didn't even have to think, he automatically said, "Pig in a Blanket". Since I am a huge pig fan it was the perfect name. I started grouping fabrics together into Charm size packs tying them with ribbon, in addition I started working with larger pieces such as fat quarters and half yards. I decided to then see if there was an actual market for my wool by calling Mary Ellen Von Holt the owner of Little Quilts. I really admire her and if she liked my wool I thought I had a chance of being successful. I took some wool to show her just for her opinion and she ended up buying some!!!! Wooh!!! She also gave me some great advice on pricing and packaging. She is one of my best customers now. I also contacted Tiny Stitches and just on the off chance that they were interested in going into wool. I couldn't believe it, they were starting a BOM that was mostly wool and wanted to know if I could dye to order. You bet I could. That was a great opportunity and I learned so much doing special order projects. At this same time I also did a kit for Pat's Celebration Quilt, Snowbound for a quilt along she was doing on her blog. That was also my first experience working with wool. I realized that if I was dyeing wool and selling it I needed to start working with it.
This one of the first blocks that I did using wool. I have since decided that wool applique is so much easier that regular applique, you don't have to turn the edges under which means it is much quicker.
After finishing Snow Bound and enjoying it so much, I decided to do a second wool project.This one is called Snowy Days and all of the wool including the background pieces are my own hand dyes. I still need to put a backing on it and so some hand quilting.
Stop back soon to see what other projects I am working on and to see what wools have been added to the store.