Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Spot Dye Named Spectacle

I showed you a group of spot dyes yesterday and gave you the formula for the beautiful green one.
Wednesday needs a little more pep I think and so I've given you the formulas for it's companion piece Spectacle.

A Spot such as this is useful as outline, flower centers, to act as paisley cloth, if cut and kept in the order of cutting ( apply to piece of carpet or double sided tape) can act as an out of focus background.
It is useful in most geometrics, landscapes, orientals and even crewels. I even use them in portraits.

Using Majic Carpet Dyes  - click the link to get your set.

Over 1/2 yd of natural wool scrunched in pan, each colour in dissolved in 1/4 cup of boiling water then topped up with cold water to 1 cup added to wool in a checkerboard pattern by pouring.

1/16tsp. Red Violet
1/16 tsp. + 1/32 tsp. Blue
1/16 tsp. Yellow

Mash lightly

I'll be sharing even more knowledge about spot dyes in the  The Majic Carpet Club, join us!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Spot Dyed Splendor with Majic Carpet Dyes

6 Greens Salad second from the left.

'Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together.' (Vincent Van Gogh)

Spot dyeing is one of the most exciting methods of dyeing. When we concentrate on the small things it takes to create them we end up with something grand ! As usual we have three main components, wool, dyes and pans and two secondary ones, acid and heat. The magical manipulation of these factors are what create the difference between ho hum and glorious spots.
Try this one!
                                           Scrunch your wool methodically into your pan.

 Wool should look like this.

Add on your dyes

1/2 yd. natural wool scrunched and crinkled into an enamel refrigerator drawer or flat pan
1/32 tsp. citric acid crystals added to each colour
Spotted by pouring the spots out of measuring cup in a checkerboard pattern.  Please don't dribble the colour on, be bold.
Add the colours to wool in the order listed for exact replication. It will make a difference. Use a cup of water for each dye or group of dyes listed, pour boiling water in first to dissolve the dye (1/4 cup ) and fill up with cool water to one cup measure.

1/32 tsp. Brilliant Green
1/32 tsp. Moss Green
1/32 tsp. Bottle Green
1/32 tsp. Moss Green + 1/64 tsp. Seal Brown
1/32 tsp. Brilliant Green + 1 /32 Yellow
1/32 tsp. Bottle Green + 1/32 tsp. Reddish  Brown

Add each dye individually once all dyes are applied, lightly mash in a gentle manner.

Bake at 350˚F for 20 to 30 minutes. I do not cover them nor add foil to the bottom of the pan before the wool is added.

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Sharing New Skills Monday + 3 Wandering Formulas and Method

Each week on the Welcome Mat we have a lesson called New Skills Monday.
Here is this week's, we love sharing on The Mat.

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People ask me to write a book frequently and this truly is the book they want.
But better because I'm present and fairly live. It is the best kind of book, interactive.
I've been working my whole career with one goal, to help you realize your dreams and potential by helping you to look at things differently. Here is just one miniscule example.

New Skills Monday - Contrast and Background - A Simple Rug Study.

Recently we've talked about contrast and backgrounds.
They've been on my mind because of our last lesson in the poppy class.
And while I posted the lesson I forgot to talk about the background in this rug.
We are going to share with you.
Let's look at my rug And The Day Came, sorry if you are tired of seeing it, I use it for my ads.
Here is a close up, we are looking at the background, see the variety of colours and the directions?
Some kinda stems, some kinda buds but in the background colours. You can see areas of lighter and darker action.
For the whole rug, it is 5'6" long I used about 5 different yard pieces of green that were similar in value. Some were just mottled with lighter and darker patches of the same colour.
Others were spot dyes of my 7 Greens Salad where I just take seven straight out of the bottle or mix green and dye up a yard of wool. Some were blue green, some true green and some yellowish green.
Can you see where the spot dyes are?
Let's look at it from a distance to get the whole impact of what happened with all these greens.
I also make sure if I come across a dark patch or a light patch in a strip that doesn't belong where I'm hooking. I reserve them ( cut them off ) and group them together where I need that kind of dimness or glow.
These greens make a "ghostly garden" and the sideways directions and the angled patches create subtle movement. Rather than do the usual with these 5 yards like cut them up and pull them randomly for a wormy background or pave it up and down in straight rows I let the greens paint patches. As you know I'm big on creating shapes in my wool painting whether it be face, flower or background.
The background of my letterings are three wanderings used either or. This means use one or two strips of one colour and then switch to the other colour to blend them.  If you are interested in these formulas they are at the bottom of this discussion.
I won a prize for this rug and it was published on a black and white page. I had played a great trick in this rug which isn't all that apparent.
I only used temperature and saturation to create contrast.
Look at it in black and white, what a terrible thing to publish, I bet people were shaking their heads. Barely any value contrast between flowers and background!
I hope you enjoyed this please add what you like. What kind of contrast do you like to create?
What do you think of this background?
Got questions?
Please ask.
I used Majic Carpet Dyes to create these formulas moons ago.
The Method
Fill a 12 or 14 quart kettle 3/4 full with water.
Heat it.
Add a very generous handful of pickling salt. I use 1/2 cup.
Measure dye from formula line #1 into a measure cup and dissolve with boiling water then top up to one cup with cool water. ( this is making a dye solution) 
Pour this solution into the pot.
Place into the pot a 1/2 yard of wool that has been pre-soaked in wetting agent (drop of plain shampoo or jet dry without bleach or synthropol. 
Stir with a spoon or ruler for a few seconds. Let some wool be above the water.
Leave for 10 minutes . 
Stir in 1/2 tsp. citric acid crystals.
Poke wool down with a spoon ( I use a wooden ruler) until it is submerged. Only do this once.
Wait for colour to be absorbed.
Pour solution from line #2 over the wool.
Give one swift whip of a spoon, do not stir further.
Only add acid once.
Leave for 10 minutes.
Pour solution from line #3 over wool.
Use the same stirring routine as mentioned before.
Continue repeatedly adding the dyes from each line in this way until you reach the end of the formula.

Rinse wool well and dry. 

In my dirt in this rug I used Clay Baker and Oceanic

Clay Baker
3/32 tsp. yellow
1/32 tsp. red violet
1/32 tsp. bottle green
4/32 tsp. chocolate brown
2/32 tsp. turquoise

2/32 tsp. blue
1/32 tsp. moss green
1/32 tsp. seal brown
And a little Brazil Nut at the top of the "dirt".

Brazil Nut
4/32 tsp. blue
1/32 tsp. blue violet
2/32 tsp. yellow
1/32 tsp. blue + 1/32  tsp. black
1/32 tsp. red violet  + 1/32  tsp. black
5/32 tsp. yellow

Friday, October 17, 2014

Colour Chart for Majic Carpet Dyes

My friend Starr asked for a colour chart for Majic Carpet Dyes and I thought you might like it too.

We buy white jars with white lids so you can write the name of your dyes on top.
Hey today we wrote up some tips for new dyers who are purchasing a kit.
Maybe you would find it helpful too! Here it is.

Welcome to The Majic
We are so happy you have chosen our wonderful dyes.
This box they arrived in is great for storing your dyes, hang onto it!
Majic Carpet Dyes are easy to use and are great mixers. You can dye any colour with any other colour in equal measures and get a wonderful array of spectacular colours.
Use my handy toothpick measures for light colours.
1/8 “ of round damp toothpick = 1/1,024 tsp.
¼ “ of a round damp toothpick = 1/512 tsp.
½ “ of a round damp toothpick = 1/256 tsp.
1 inch of a round damp toothpick = 1/128th tsp.
2” inches of a round damp toothpick = 1/64 tsp.
Use 1/32 to 1/16th tsp for medium colours
Use  ¼ tsp for darker ones or ½ tsp for colours approaching black over ¼ yd of wool

If the colours seem too bright out of the jar use a small amount of Seal Brown to dull the warm colours( the colours you see in fire) and use a small amount of black to dull the cool colours( the ones you see in water). Please only use small amounts of citric acid to dye, you only need 1/32 tsp. for light colours and ½ tsp for dark ones.

Please join our free club for Majic Carpet practioners full of tips and help for these terrific dyes.

If you would like more concrete instruction I have a Beginner dye Booklet for sale in my store, . My online studio for creative and artistic growth is full of dyeing info, only $30.00 a year.
I’m here to help you reach your dyeing goals.

Basic Dye Bath Method
Every time we dye we are dealing with 4 things: Heat  Wool  Dyes  Methods
Here is the most basic method of dyeing.
Find a large pot, pan that you can devote to dyeing.Fill it half way up with water, heat to a simmer.
While you wait, wet your wool very thoroughly with the addition of shampoo, jet dry, or synthropol.
Add dye  to water ( use a formula to help you at first if you have never dyed before)
Add wool to water, stir around for smooth result, leave with out stirring for mildly spottier results. Wait until almost all the dye has been absorbed into the wool.
You can test this by dipping a white spoon into dye bath to gauge how much colour is left.  
Add acid or vinegar 1/32 tsp acid or 1 tbsp vinegar for a light colour, up to 1/2 tsp acid or 1/3 cup vinegar for darker ones.

Leave until all colour is in the wool and the water is clear, rinse well, dry.

More Wonderful Dyeing with Majic Carpet Dyes

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This is part of a continuing lesson on combining unlikely colours. Look in the posts previous to this for the method and many other gorgeous wool colours.

Let’s try a workout with brown and orange today. They are most neglected dyes in the world.

1/128th tsp. Orange + 1/128th tsp. Reddish Brown

 Increase the amount of dye !
1/16th tsp. Orange + 1/16th tsp. Reddish Brown

 What if you substitute browns in a recipe and then add less dye ?
1/128th tsp. Orange + 1/128th tsp. Chocolate Brown

 What’s a darker version look like ?
1/16th tsp. Orange + 1/16th tsp. Chocolate Brown 

Or try adding a different green to orange.

1/128th  tsp. Orange + 1/128th tsp. Moss Green

Isn't that amazing?
Even more amazing stuff on these formulas in The Majic Carpet Club.
Free for you to join in! We'd love to have you!

I’ve dyed over 1/4 yd of natural wool with Majic Carpet Dyes in a dye bath with citric acid added to it at the 5 minute point. Having the exact dyes are not important, just go for the colour family. What is important is to experiment, experimenting is key to being a great dyer.

Combine the two listed dyes in boiling water and pour into a dye  bath then add wool. Please note during this whole dye process I only added 1/8th tsp. citric acid three times.

I also used a wok for some of the colours, less water, small pot = lots of mottling on the wool. Lots of water, no squishing = smoothly coloured wool . 

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Continuing Lesson on Dyeing With Wonder

All week we have been seeking the what if questions while exploring combining unlikely colours.
This is a valuable exercise and can really expand our use of colour in the dye pots and consequently in our rugs.

1/128th tsp. Blue + 1/128th Black 

1/32 tsp. Blue + 1/128th Black

 1/128th tsp. Brilliant Green  + 1/128th tsp. Orange

Let’s have a look at what happens to these two colours when we add more dye.

Medium Dark  1/16th  tsp. Brilliant Green  + 1/16 tsp. Orange

I’ve dyed over 1/4 yd of natural wool with Majic Carpet Dyes in a dye bath with citric acid added to it at the 5 minute point. Having the exact dyes are not important, just go for the colour family. What is important is to experiment, experimenting is key to being a great dyer.

Combine the two listed dyes in boiling water and pour into a dye  bath then add wool. Please note during this whole dye process I only added 1/8th tsp. citric acid three times.

I also used a wok for some of the colours, less water, small pot = lots of mottling on the wool. Lots of water, no squishing = smoothly coloured wool . 

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Shipping News and More Dyeing With Wonder for Majic Carpet Dyes

One of the very hardest things  about my new enterprise, Majic Carpet Dyes is shipping costs.
Although it can't be true, Canada Post seems to spin a roulette wheel to discern the charges, even when we carefully calculate the estimated cost online our dreams are often dashed at the counter.

We want you to have the best rate possible.
We also don't want to go in the hole each time we ship something.
Unlike enormous companies who can offer free shipping and everyone loves free shipping.... we cannot compete.

Also we are in situated in Canada, when we ship out of our country it becomes an internationally shipped package. It costs more, but surprisingly not much more than it costs Canadians. WHAT?!?
I know. Makes no sense.

Two things we have realized: if you are purchasing a kit, getting the large jar does not cost much more in shipping than the smaller jar kit. This will create a savings for you as you will have more dye, lasting longer decreasing shipping.
If you are thinking of buying refills instead of jars of all 14 colours they have to boxed, they will not fit in our mailer and be flat and will end up costing you the same as the small kit to ship.

We are proud to say we create our colours by hand, yes by hand. Just the two of us. We get the raw ingredients and we formulate our beautiful colours. We also offer unprecedented support and knowledge and formulas for these dyes unlike other dye companies. We think our great dyes are well worth the shipping cost. Don't I look attractive? But I'm perfectly safe handling these large amounts of dye. You don't need to do this to dye at home! We will talk about handling safety in a future post.

Shipping costs are a irritating fact for consumers and businesses. Go ring up some purchases to see how you fare in our store. If the costs are over estimated we refund money. If they are underestimated
and the difference is less than $2 we eat it.
Even though added up it is hard to swallow.... we have mayonnaise.
We hope you find our shipping practises honourable.

And now for our formulas in our Dyeing With Wonder lesson trip. Go here for directions

1/128th tsp Yellow + 1/128th tsp. Red Violet

1/32 tsp Yellow + 1/128th tsp. Red Violet

1/128th tsp. Red + 1/128th tsp. Brilliant Green


1/128th tsp. Red + 2/32 tsp. Brilliant Green

Happy Dyeing! 
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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Dyeing with Wonder - A Lesson on Formula Freedom

This week we will be asking some what if questions.
I had noticed there are some dyes I don't apply often and truthfully my palette/stash was lacking because of this. Are there some colours you don't use as often?
I decided to go on a little "what if " tour to play with these lonely little dyes a bit.

I’ve dyed over 1/4 yd of natural wool with Majic Carpet Dyes in a dye bath with citric acid added to it at the 5 minute point. Having the exact dyes are not important, just go for the colour family. What is important is to experiment, experimenting is key to being a great dyer.

Combine the two listed dyes in boiling water and pour into a dye  bath then add wool. Please note during this whole dye process I only added 1/8th tsp. citric acid three times.

I also used a wok for some of the colours, less water, small pot = lots of mottling on the wool. Lots of water, no squishing = smoothly coloured wool . 

 First let’s have a look at some formulas of equal ratio, then the variation by increasing the amount of one dye. (You would get a very different result if you increased the other dye instead of the one suggested.)

 1/128th tsp Black + 1/128th Yellow

1/128th tsp Black + 2/32 Yellow

1/128th tsp. Blue Violet + 1/128th tsp. Orange 


1/128th tsp. Blue Violet +1/32 tsp. Orange

If you are a practitioner of The Majic you might want to join my Majic Carpet Club, it's free and I'm there to help you use my dyes more effectively. Today's tip there is about Turquoise.

Friday, October 10, 2014

It's A Pro Chem Wandering with a Majic Carpet Translation

Talker Tile
It is exquisite.
 Using Pro Chem Dyes
Translated into Magic Carpet Dyes 
   1/32 tsp.Orange 233 = 1/64 tsp. Majic Carpet Orange

1/64 tsp. Violet 818 = 1/64 tsp Majic Carpet Blue Violet + 1/4 " Damp Round Toothpick Black ( when there is a plus sign mix these together and add as one.)

1/128th tsp Turquoise + 1/256th tsp. Black =  1/64 tsp Majic Carpet Turquoise

 To create these samples I dyed over 1/4 yd of natural wool in the wandering method.
To wander you need a bigger kettle, 1/4 cup of salt and a stove top. I don't wander elsewhere for good reasons. I like clear colour patches with blurry overlapped edges.
 Each colour listed is added one at a time until the water clears.
You can go here on The Welcome Mat to read how to make your own formulas and  how to  do Wandering wool or read about it in my Colours to Dye for Column in RHM.
Because I used less wool I used half the water stated in the directions, this is important.
Also you wool will not look exactly as mine does, this is a very individualistic dye method because of the layering. Do not stir, let some wool rise above the waterline, this will help them look more like what I get. Have fun!!!!