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    Dyed in the Wool

    Original and Current Meaning

    • Original (Literal Meaning): Back in the day, the phrase “dyed in the wool” described wool that had been dyed and the colours fixed before the spinning and weaving processes. Normally, wool is dyed after these processes. It was believed that the dye colours would be fixed, longer lasting and less likely to fade or change in colour over time.
    • Current Meaning: Today, the phrase is used to describe people who have firm, fixed opinions on a given subject and are unwilling to change their minds. For example, he is a dyed in the wool believer in ghosts!

    Our Hand Dyed Yarn

    None of our hand dyed yarn is 'dyed in the wool'! All our yarn is hand dyed with natural dyes after the wool has been spun. Our yarn is dyed in small batches in Pembrokeshire, Wales, UK. We dye all our own yarn and do not source dyed yarn or 'buy it in' from external suppliers



    Dyed in the Wool - our yarn is hand dyed with natural dyes after the wool has been spun
    Hand Dyed Yarn UK. All our yarn is hand dyed after the yarn is spun and available in our FelinFach online shop, click here...


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    Hand dyed yarn UK, dyed with natural dyes in Pembrokeshire, Wales, UK

    Hand Dyed Yarn UK - Dyed with Natural Dyes

    Other Old Wool Proverbs and Sayings

    • All in the Wool and a Yard Wide: An American English idiom refers to something that is high-quality or someone who is kind and genuine. Maybe used in American Civil War times to desribe a quality uniform. Also used in an advert in Connecticut, USA in 1840's, "Real Welsh Flannels - warranted all wool and almost a yard wide".
    • All Wool and No Shoddy: This means genuine, not fake and of good quality. In the past it referred toa fabric that was genuine wool and not shoddy. Shoddy used to mean recycled wool made by grinding and shredding existing fabrics and re-spinning the resulting fibres. 
    • Great Cry and Little Wool: A great deal of fuss, noise, or protestation over something of little or no substance, importance, or relevance.
    • Pull the Wool Over Someone Eyes: To try to deceive or trick someone. Originally it is thought to refer to the 'wool' in the hair of wigs worn by Judges and where a lawyer, was trying to deceive a Judge in a legal case.
    • To go Woolgathering: To waste time. Maybe from as early as the 1550s, meaning to indulge in far-fetched fancies and wothless thoughts, from the literal meaning  of gathering fragments of wool torn from sheep by bushes.
    • Wool and Flax, and Works with Willing Hands: From the Bible, Proverbs 31. Referring to some one who does not seek an easy life but someone who does the work that needs to be done. Wool and flax are a reference to the virtuous woman spinning and weaving in order to provide for the clothing and textile needs of her family.

    About FelinFach

    Welsh Blankets - Traditional Caernarfon poercullis patterns, contemporary colourspatterns Wool Throws - Hand woven in Wales Chandlery - Hand Poured Candles, Reed diffusers and wax melts - handmade in Pembrokeshire, Wales, UK. Hand dyed yarn, dyed only with natural dyes Craft Courses - Natural Dyeing Gift Cards - By Post or by Email 


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    We are a proud supporter of Americymru, the Campaign for WoolGlobal Welsh and Red Dragon America.


    Last updated 26th June 2024

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