How are you doing?
I've been quite busy here, our online class about Snow and Ice Dyeing is going well, we are at the "what more can be done stage" That's always such an expansive part of online classes!
You can join this class or any one, anytime over at WandaWay Studio, we stress low cost interactive online teaching of terrific quality.
I'm on Day 25 or my January Journal.
Our wonderful new grandson arrived last week too.
I bet you are looking for some new recipes for Majic Carpet Dyes. Here are a few lovelies, for the rest of the article, join The Welcome Mat, there are dozens of unseen made for The Mat only recipes for our dyes and more built every week. What are you waiting for?
Here are some lovely formulas inspired by Home Decor:
All samples have been dyed over 1/8 yd. wool, Dorr natural in the dye bath method. Directions below.
I used Majic Carpet dyes.
Wet wool with wetting agent.
Dissolve dye in boiling water.
Place both in a dye bath in pot on stove.
Wait until almost all the dye is absorbed, add 1/32 tsp. Citric Acid
Wait 5 minutes
Do not stir
Wait until all colour is gone from dye bath, rinse, dry.
Yellow really can be like a ray of sunshine to lift our spirits. Do you use or wear yellow much? Does it appear in your spinning or hooking?
I love to have a big stack about 2 ft tall or more of 1/2 yds of different yellows to choose from.
We like to look through and audition them for just the right one to play the required role and not steal the show!
Perhaps you don't dye? Then you can still benefit from a splendid array of yellows, take a look at my collection - The Lemon Grove... good enough to eat!
Here's a golden goose from The Welcome Mat's Dyeing Matters column for you to try.
I've just posted over 12 recipes for other beautiful yellow there today, Wednesday is our dyeing day!
Our sample below is dyed over 1/8th yd of natural wool. I wet the wool. I dissolved the Majic Carpet dyes together in boiling water, poured them into the barely heated dye bath, added the wool raised the heat, pushed the wool through the water vigorously and waited until the water almost cleared to add 1/32 tsp citric acid or 1 tbsp vinegar. Wait until water clears or as long as you see fit.
Please use my Yellow dye in a no acid dye bath for the best result, adding too much acid or any until the water is almost clear can retard the dye take up. Not all acid dyes require the same level of acidity.
Are you interested in trying something new and fun in an online class, join The WandaWay Studio , it's free and sign up for a great lesson on Dyeing with Ice and Snow, there is plenty to discover! Wool turns out beautiful and unique each time. Class costs only $25 for 2 months access.
I can't wear it but I still love it. With the right colours it can be an amazing neutral!!!!
I used it in my September Vogue Rug as binding.
Deep Dark Lavender
½ tsp Blue Violet
1/16th tsp. Blue
Wet wool with an additive such as shampoo, Jet Dry or
Synthrapol to prepare it to dye.Heat a receptacle of water to dye in, for the smooth dyeing of ¼ yd use
approx. 1 gallon of water.Add dye
formula into the dye bath, making sure it is dissolved.
Add wool. Heat
at simmer for several minutes stirring for smooth application of dye. Add in 1/32
to 1/4tsp citric acid depending how dark the colour, about 10 minutes into the
process or until most of the dye is taken up. The latter is what I do. Continue
heating until the water is perfectly clear or per your own directives.Rinse well, use dryer or hang to dry.
I help if asked and encourage as much as I can. Great works have been created in our Journal challenge by wool diarists.
"A page of my journal is like a cake of portable soup. A little may be diffused into a considerable portion."
I love this quote because my own journal rugs act very much like this, letting me get in touch with all sorts of amazing untapped creativity that feed me all year long, a rich and thriving wanderland. I wonder what it will do for you?