Solar Colors

Hoopworks 
Exercise for the mind and soul.

Dyeworks 
Plant and mineral dyes. Hues from the sun.

Renee is a passionate hoop dancer, happy to teach beginning hoop skills, lead aerobic hoop classes, and provide hoops and instruction for parties.

Purchase Great Hoops.

"As a beginner, I had a great deal of trouble obtaining a hoop. Out of desperation, I learned to make my own, and am selling them as a service to others."

Make Your Own Hoop.
Read more about hoops.
Information on hoop care, hoop construction, how to join the hooping community, and how to learn enjoyable new moves.


Renee is a Scientist.

Renee experiments with tension, friction, and weight characteristics to construct various hoops, sometimes including bungee cords, water, or sand. She constructs all kinds of hoops, from beginner to advanced, plain to collapsible, wrapped with extra sparkly or extra grippy tape. She is frequently heard muttering strange incantations: "What would happen if you dropped, say, a large marble in the hoop? Would it sound like a digieridoo as it zoomed around its track?"

Skilled in Renaissance and ballroom dance, Renee brings patience and humor to her peaceful classes. Her love affair with the hoop began in 2004, and she has been hooping literally continuously for two years.

Solar Color silks are hand-dyed with natural pigments given to us by the sun and the minerals of Earth. The flowering weeds Indigo and Weld give us Blue Jean blues and Lemon yellows. Heartwoods such as Logwood, Fustic, and Brazilwood give us Royal purples, shimmering Antique golds, and deep Ruby reds.

Textile artist Wendy Renee takes the silk on a journey from tangled threads simmering in a vat of liquid, to soft folds of perfectly ordered, vibrantly colored skeins. Many people purchase these works of art simply to fondle and gaze at the soft silks.

Safe natural colors are gentle to the eye, saturated with a subtle spectrum of colors that are much more attractive and pleasing than monochromatic chemical dyes. The colors are built up slowly in small batches, often taking several days and multiple trips through the dye broth. From winding skeins, to washing and rinsing, to shaking out tangles, to snapping the yarns soft again, I love every moment of the dye process.

These lovingly-dyed skeins are offered to textile artists, and to those who simply want a few lovely skeins in a basket on the hearth. These silks are so soft and beautiful, I added magnetic clasps. Wear them individually as bracelets! Or snap several colors together to make a lovely necklace. When you are ready to embroider, weave, knit, or crochet lace, just cut the elastic to unwind the skein.

Silk yarns and threads, hand-dyed in small batches by Wendy Renee. Available in two thicknesses, suitable for embroidery, fine knits, weaving, lace crochet, tassels, and so forth. Generous samples available upon request, to prospective purchasers only.

Purchase threads at solarcolor.etsy.com.

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more to come, there always is