We received requests all the time for custom dyeing to match a particular colour. It could be an old Cushing piece of dyed wool, or a Pro Chem, or something we haven't even heard of. Between the Majic and the Jacquard dyes, Shane can come up with any any colour under the rainbow. Our very own "Dye Master” hasn’t missed the mark yet and we are very proud of him!
A few weeks back we received a letter in the mail with wool samples to match that dated back almost five decades. The client started her project at the age of 18, is now 63 and anxious to finish what she started all those years ago. The print out she sent does not depict the true colours, that was to show areas not hooked. The rug size is 36" x 24". She sent snippets of the actual wool for him to work with and he gets them wet to compare to what's going on in the pot.
She said she was open to ideas because she didn’t think he would be able to match the wool 100% but I’m sure she will be pleasantly surprised when she opens her parcel to find all of the wool a perfect match.
Recently a woman came in with a Persian rug that had worn thread bare in several areas and she wanted Shane to match the colours with dyed yarn. It was a little more difficult in that the wool had a sheen that cast a different shade of the colour from different directions. I thought what he came up with was bang on and the client was pleased. He not only keeps all the rug hookers happy but he's dyed skeins for knitters wanting custom colours as well. He just dyed six skeins of curly mohair for a customer that happened off the street while on holiday and decided she wanted to knit her daughter a purple mohair sweater. Ask and ye shall receive!
I know Shane loves a challenge. It keeps him on his toes and he likes to be busy. He's never happier than when his corkboard is filled with dye orders and his fans keep him smiling. I'm told many times that his name comes up at hook-ins and in the rug groups as the one to go to for quality and consistent dyeing. That's my boy!