Wednesday, November 26, 2014

A Creative Prompt From The Welcome Mat

Take a minute for yourself today, see what your inner self says.

So often we are reminded to keep on track, to be focused, to get to the point.
A mind that can meander is a gift.
Wandering off the topic can bring us to a new vista to explore.
Let's exercise our wandering mind.
Think of a word, write it down. NOTE: Don't think at length about it, you need to automatically respond with the first thing that comes to mind, and continue to do so to tap into your wisdom.
Then write down the next word that comes to mind.
Book - shelf
Continue to add words until this feels complete, maybe 12 or so words.
Now look where your mind took you, hmmm looks like I need some recuperative time still.
Have fun with this.
How this helps with rug hooking:
Being able to let your mind wander is a way to connect to your innate intelligence. It is so useful when a problem arises in your rug and it is hard to make a decision. Even if you don't think you know what you want or cannot decide what you want that innate intelligence knows. This exercise is a conduit for it all to come out.
After all every part of making our rugs is a series of decisions, all creative endeavours are. Let yourself find out what you really want with your rug.
“Don’t think. Thinking is the enemy of creativity. It’s self-conscious, and anything self-conscious is lousy. You can’t try to do things. You simply must do things” – Ray Bradbury

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Steaming- A Dye Method for Fancy Wool

Did you know we can dye our wool by using steam?

To process my wool pieces I lay out a piece of saran wrap and spot up a small piece of wool.
 The saran wrap/cling film must be larger than the wool.

I continue to add colour by pouring it on with a spoon. I have acid added to each colour.
When I've covered the wool as much as I'd like with my colours I roll up the saran.
I've used Majic Carpet  Bottle Green, Moss Green and Orange

There will be some drips as I roll and then coil my saran wrapped wool in a measuring cup.

I pop it in the microwave for a few minutes on high.

And here is what it looks like, I love the "bones" that appear from the dye settling at the bottom of the roll.

Monday, November 24, 2014

A Blue With No Name

Here is a sample of blue straight out of our Majic Carpet Jar: 1/32 tsp of dye over 1/32 yd. and below it a great formula for water on a dull day or a great quiet background.

Blue With No Name

2/32 tsp. Blue
1/64 tsp. Black 
I dyed a ¼ yd. pieces of natural wool in a regular dye bath method.
I dyed the wool without adding acid until most of the colour had taken up.
 At this point I added 1/64 tsp acid. I add more acid for darker colours, less for light.
Join the Majic Carpet Club at the WandaWay Studio to see my great tips on dyeing with all blue dyes.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Glorious News

Wow where did I go?
I was doing Grammy work.

And today my Wandaworks girls are coming and we are packing our wares and setting up our table at the Pottawatomi Spinners and Weavers Guild's Annual Show & Sale at the Owen Sound and North Grey Union Public Library. Owen Sound, Ontario. Come and see us there Sat. Nov 22 from 10:00 to 4:00, pm and Sunday Nov 23 from noon til 4:00 pm.  

We will have Majic Carpet Dyes and WandaWear in the form of hand dyed wool jackets scarves and silk ones too... and some art yarn fingerless gloves. 

Wool of course for spinning, hooking, knitting and weaving and applique and quilting. All dyed in gorgeous colourways. We will also have needle punching tools and demos.

And a whole assortment of deliciously dyed Gubbins to include in your art yarn.

And todays formula for Majic Carpet Dyes ( all the dyeing above was accomplished with them) 
2/32 tsp Orange
1/32 tsp. + 1/64 tsp. Red

1/64 tsp. Seal Brown

Over ¼ yd of natural wool in a dye bath with Majic Carpet dyes (though you can use which ever dyes you choose for possibly similar though not exact results)

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.

And now I'm taking a week or so off for Grammy duty, what bliss! I'll see you soon!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

The Snow Is On - a dyeing video!

    Here is a quick way to dye snow from New Skills Monday on The Welcome Mat!

Here are the results:

Monday, November 17, 2014

Effective Habits for Rug Hookers and The Show is On

We were so busy here getting ready for the Pottowatomi Spinners and Weavers Show this coming week end.

 We made beautiful yarns, big crazy batts, wool for hooking or penny rugs and quilting. We have some hand dyed jersey cardiwraps, scarves and fingerless gloves! We are bringing kits of our Majic Carpet Acid Dyes for wool, silk and nylon of course and other amazing tools to use yarn with and delightful bags of gubbins to spin with.

We hope you will stop buy..... you know I love a pun!

We are up to our elbows in newly dyed goods to delight you with!
                                    You'll see some of them soon in the WandaWorks store.

On my free studio, The WandaWay our boon this week is about a 3 part career spanning series of 7 effective hooking habits. Three times in my teaching career I've visited the ideas I think help us be more eloquent story tellers and habitually successful in our hooking craft.
To see this boon please go to The Main, look in the middle section and scroll down

One of the effective habits I list is to Search The Welcome Mat,  it is the bargain of the century. You will never learn so much for so little, no matter your area of interest in rug hooking. It costs about 10¢ a day. That is as close to free as dammit is to swearing! Go here to join up. 
Another effective habit I gave was get help if you need it. I have a classroom in WandaWay Studio where I do individual, one on one tutoring for only $100, How much does 1 hour over a week at rug school cost you? That's about how much time I can spend with you there when my class is full. It is a wonderful way to get yourself going in the direction you desire. Includes a skype or facetime session!
People have told me lately they need me to build them a wool palette for their rugs.
I'm offering that service now online! It's called Build Me A Palette Please.
Also Citric Acid Crystals are now for sale at WandaWorks, we are flat packing them in 350 gr bags for cheaper shipping for Canadians!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Christmas is Coming

It's snowing here today and it turns us to thinking about warm colours and cheery fires and cozy dark nights curled up with your rug frame. Here is a warm old country red for you today. Humidify your house by dyeing!

Rufous Red

Over 1/8th yd. of natural wool in a dye bath method using Majic Carpet Dyes

2/32 tsp. Red
 1/32 Black

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

These Gorgeous Golds and Dyeing Them Over More Wool

I love showing you the wonderful variety of yellows you can dye.
I made a formula and from this got both a light and a darker yellow. I dyed only sample sizes of wool, 1/16th yd of natural wool with Majic Carpet Dyes using a dye bath method.

My yellow needs extreme heat and a low acid environment, this is why when I spot dye at 350˚F in my oven it takes up and also when I use my electric skillet, always set to 400 ˚F yellow gives me no problem. If I were you I’d not add acid until after all or most of the colour has disappeared from your dye bath. Heat up that dye bath and don't add acid until most of the colour has taken up. Steam can really get the temperature up so use a lid.

Dissolved in ½ cup of water

1/64 tsp. Yellow
1/128th tsp. Orange


To make Butter use 1 Tbsp. of Formula 1

 Buried Bullion

To make Buried Bullion add in 1/128th of Black and 1/128th tsp. Seal Brown to the remainder of Formula 1 or the whole ½ cup if you desire only Old Bullion. The 1 tbsp. added in or removed will not make a perceptible difference.
If you need a much, much brighter colour add no extra dye.

Expand these recipes for 1/16th of a yard into recipes for:
¼ yd. (multiply by 4)

1/64th tsp. x 4  = 1/16th tsp
1/128th  tsp. x 4  = 1/32 tsp.
1 toothpick  ½ inch x 4 = 2 inches of wet toothpick
1 toothpick ¼ inch x 4 = 1 inch of wet toothpick

For ½ yd (multiply by 8)
1/64th tsp. x 8  = 1/8th tsp
1/128th  tsp. x 8  = 1/16 tsp.
1 toothpick  ½ inch x 8 = 1/256th tsp
1 toothpick ¼ inch x 8 = 2 inches of wet toothpick

For 1 yd (multiply by 16)
1/64th tsp. x 16  = ¼  tsp
1/128th  tsp. x 16  =  1/8th tsp.
1 toothpick  ½ inch x 16 = 1/128th tsp

1 toothpick ¼ inch x 16 = 1/256th tsp.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Making Majic Jasper and Amber

I love my dyes and I always have even before I owned them.
 I hope you will enjoy these gorgeous fallish formulas.

2/32 tsp. Blue
1/32 tsp. Chocolate Brown

Wet Trunk Brown
1/32 Red Violet

1/8th tsp. Brilliant Green

3/32 tsp. Yellow

1/64th tsp. Blue Violet

 I used 1/8 yd of natural wool for each color. I used the electric wok and the crock pot and a dye bath method ( lots of water to cover wool and allow it some swimming room, raised to a steam producing temperature). Add formula to heating water, add wool, heat for 10 to 20 minutes until most of the colour has taken up and then add 1/32 tsp. to 1/4 tsp. of citric acid per colour. Stir and continue to heat until all the colour is absorbed.
Rinse well and dry as you wish.