In the image to the right you can see that the entire lower area of the photo is hooked with different values and hues of nylon. Doesn't it contrast well with the wool? Some of the nylon has a bit of glisten, while others look dull and earthy.
I am only showing details of this work right now. But there is a lot to learn just by looking at these photos.
Below are photos of dye results on pantyhose. You can see that anything from dull and earthy to Mardi Gras color is attainable. I even use the panty part of the nylons by trimming away the seams and waist bands. (Sometimes in control top hose, this will not be possible due to the amount of elastic in the fabric. You will know this by the rubbery feel - and will not want to use it.)
I love working with fiber and color, and it is the very thing that first attracted me to rug hooking. One of the delights of this process is investigating the possibilities of using other fibers. Lately I have been using a lot of nylon in my work.
Here to the left is a detail shot of gold wool highlighted with a glistening gold nylon. Dyeing pantyhose is a snap when you throw in a pair with any pot of wool you happen to be dyeing. The process is the same as that for wool — and the results are absolutely breath-taking.
I am a fiber artist and sculptor living in sunny, Colorado! I have a home studio where I dye and sell gorgeous wool fabric.