Once I found that they didn't need to be heat set, I've been putting damp thread skeins (that I wound off the ball of white thread around my 24" ruler) one end in one jar of color and the other end in another jar of a different color, sometimes adding a third jar of a different color. Then I rinsed the thread till no more color ran, then I set it aside to dry. The "spools" that I wound the threads on, are hand cut from lids from yogurt containers, coffee cans and the like. They are much easier to work with than the balls of thread which have no way to keep the threads from tangling.
|This cat is solid black felting over an wool applique. The eyes were created by making a stencil with the pattern for the correct placement. The embroidery stitches around the edge do not need to be perfect. The next row of stitching will make the work more complicated, and a third row finishes off the piece.|