Thursday, December 18, 2014

Dyeing Idea Mash Up

We've all made a spot dye....

Or have  pile of them with nothing to do...

Have you ever thought of making a swatch of them?
I have thanks to clever Sue Hamer.

Beautiful fulsome, something else!
You gotta try it!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Beautiful Greens for The Season

It looks like it might be a green Christmas here!
My friends that's better than a blue one!

Here's are some true greens using Majic Carpet Dyes.
Notice the top one looks a little more yellow and the bottom one looks a little bluer.
This is because we are comparing them to each other. 
They are the same value and will blend nicely.
These are great for landscapes.
Formulas have been mixed together with boiling water, poured in a dye bath over a wet 1/8th yd natural wool. Heat was added, then citric acid or vinegar after about 10 minutes or so. Wait until water clears. Rinse well, dry in dryer or hang to dry. 
To increase to a larger amount of wool go here for my handy chart.

2/32 tsp. Moss Green 
1/32 tsp Turquoise 

1/32 tsp. Bottle Green  
1/32 tsp. Brilliant
1/32 tsp. Moss Green 
1/64 tsp. Seal Brown -it was rather heaping.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Choosing Dyes To Mix and a Beautiful Red

Not all sets of colours make good mixers.
Recently to my surprise I've noticed people employing the red blue green system for subtractive colour use. Don't worry about the use of the word subtractive. That just means using pigments like paint or dye, inks.  It is describing how when we put pigment on something it subtracts some colour from our perception while other colour is left.

The red blue green system is about additive colour. This is the system that operates our computer screens and TV and in stage lighting. These three colours create every colour on a screen. Add them all in and they create white.

We all know when we put all our pigments together in the dye pot we are likely to get black.
These two systems additive ( light ) subtractive ( applied piments)  while both about colour and mixing couldn't be more polar. One theory cannot be applied to the others use.

Using additive colour primaries ( red , blue , green) doesn't get you good full colour wheel results to mix them in a subtractive application, like with our dyes.

If you want to be a full colour array mixer start off with the subtractive primaries that have been successfully in use by visual artists for donkey years.
Turquoise ( Cyan), Yellow, Red Violet ( Magenta) and Black.

The cleaner each of these subtractive mixers are, the better separation you'll get between the colours you can create to make a colour wheel or mix in the dye pot.

You can read more about the comparisons right here.

And that said you can get even more beautiful and expansive colourations by employing the addition of orange, violet and green to these 4 basic colours. Most artworks are reprinted using a 7 colour printer because the colours are more accurate to the original creation.

This full colour use is what I like to employ as a dyer and now a mixer of dyes for sale.
More mixing choices means better colour up to a point.
Our 14 Majic Carpet Dye colours are a great system for artistic and beautiful colour mixing.

They are a bargain right now for US customers because our Canadian $ is weak.... it's like getting 20% off!

Here's a beautiful colour to get your in the mood for Christmas.

Hanchett's Vermont Barn

Hanchett’s Vermont Barn
4/32 tsp. Red
2/64 tsp. Moss Green

1/64 tsp. Chocolate Brown

I dyed this sample over 1/4 yd unless otherwise stated in the recipe. 
I immersed the wet wool in a generous dye bath with the dye solution ( formula ) already added. please add 1/32 tsp of citric acid at after the wool has been swimming with the dye solution for 5 minutes. Heat until water is clear.

Please note red is also very difficult to photograph accurately. I’ve done my best but for certain reds the richness, nor the relative cool or blueness  of them does not show through. 

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Print This Increasing Chart For Your Dye Journal

I've just made this chart to help you increase the amount of wool you dye with my small sample formulas in Rug Hooking Magazine and The Welcome Mat and The Majic Carpet Club. I'm usually dyeing 1/8th yd. of wool for these endeavours.
Now dye the same colours over 1/4 , 1/2 or 1 yd. pieces easily, I've converted my most popular measures.

Here's my old rug colour Blue and Grey dyed over 1/8th yd of wool using Majic Carpet Dyes
1/256th tsp. Blue
1/512th tsp. Seal Brown
1/512th tsp. Black

This formula was dyed over 1/8th yd of natural wool using a Microwave Dye Bath as follows.
Add 6 cups of boiling water in a microwaveable safe vessel, I use an 8 cup measuring cup because it has a handle that does not heat up. I like to boil my water on the stove, it is a lot faster for me than using the microwave.
Wet wool in synthrapol or jet dry.
Add dyes to boiling water stir very well, add wool to water, stir for 1 minute.
Place in microwave for 2 minutes.
Remove, stir, add acid in the form of vinegar (1tbsp.) or citric acid, ( 1/32 tsp.)
Stir more, place back in the microwave for 1 minute, remove and stir, repeat until water is clear.
 By all means use a conventional dye bath to create this color.

Using the chart below the Blue and Gray Formula for 1 yard of wool would look like this:
1/32 tsp. Blue
1/64 tsp. Seal Brown
1/64 tsp. Black 

Increase 1/8th yd. dye samples to dye a ¼ yd-  multiply by 2
1/16th tsp increased from a 1/8th yd sample to a ¼ yd = 2/16  or 1/8th tsp.
1/32 tsp. increased from a 1/8th yd sample to a 1/4 yd.  = 2/32 or 1/16th tsp.
1/64 tsp. increased from a 1/8th yd sample to a 1/4 yd. =  2/64  or  1/32th tsp.
1/128th tsp. increased from a 1/8th yd. sample to a 1/4 yd. = 2/128th or  1/64 tsp.
1/256th tsp. increased from a 1/8th yd  sample to a 1/4 yd. = 2/256th or 1/128th tsp.
1/512th tsp. increased from a 1/8th yd. sample to a  1/4 yd = 2/512th or 1/256th tsp.
Increase 1/8th yd samples to dye a ½ yd-  multiply by 4
1/16th tsp increased from a 1/8th yd. sample to a ½ yd sample = 4/16th  or ¼ tsp.
1/32 tsp. increased from a 1/8th yd sample to a 1/2 yd.  = 4/32 or 1/8th tsp.
1/64 tsp. increased from a 1/8th yd sample to a 1/2 yd. =  4/64  or  1/16th tsp.
1/128th tsp. increased from a 1/8th yd. sample to a 1/2 yd. = 4/128th or  1/32 tsp.
1/256th tsp. increased from a 1/8th yd  sample) to a 1/2 yd. = 4/256th or 1/64 tsp.
1/512th tsp. increased from a 1/8th yd. sample to a  1/2 yd = 4/512th or 1/128th tsp. 
Increase a 1/8th yd. samples to dye a 1 yd  - multiply by 8
1/16th tsp. increased from a1/8th yd. sample to 1 yd= 8/16th  or ½ tsp.
1/32 tsp increased from a 1/8th yd sample to 1 yd = 8/32 or ¼ tsp.
1/64 tsp. increased from a 1/8th yd sample to 1 yd = 8/64 or 1/8th tsp.
1/128th tsp increased from a 1/8th yd. sample to 1 yd = 8/128th or 1/16th tsp.
1/256th tsp increased from a 1/8th yd sample to 1 yd. =  8/256 or 1/32 tsp.
1/512th tsp. increased from a 1/8th yd. sample to a 1 yd = 8/512th or 1/64th tsp.
Please print this out for your dye journal or reference book.

Monday, December 8, 2014

How to dye by eye - Formula free

You can make a real difference in your hooked rugs by dyeing.
You'll make colours only you can.
It's a special realization when you know you can make any colour you wish.
The world is your oyster then.
Here are some tips:

Each of us has looked at something and wanted to create the color we see in the dye pot. What do we need to really SEE when we look at our inspiration to get going  ?

The color:
What color family does this item belong to ?
This first question lets us know what dye to start with as we start our new formula.

The intensity of the color:
Is the color dull, bright or somewhere  between ?
This reveals what to add to the first color to create the proper intensity.
You might need to add the opposite color, or if you you desire a deadened or very calming color you need to add black. If you want a brighter colour you need to look at colours that surround your colour family of your item. eg Yellow will make red, orange, and green brighter.

Is this color warm or cool ?
The color you seek has a temperature.  You may need to add a warmer compliment or a cooler compliment (opposite colors on the color wheel) to get where you want to go. To explain, if you needed to reduce the intensity of a color but still have it be rich, you use a complimentary color to reduce it.  A purple that is vibrant but needs to be calmed down and warmed at the same time would benefit from the addition of yellow orange rather than yellow, it’s true compliment. If it needed to be reduced and cooled, adding yellow green rather than yellow would aid you.

The value of the color : 
Is the color light, medium or dark valued ?
 This tells us how much dye to use. Of course the amount changes according to how much wool is dyed. If you dyed 1 yd. of wool with 1/32 tsp of dye and you dyed 1/4 yd. with 1/32 tsp of dye  the two values would be quite different.

Here are some colours I matched of beach treasures. I know you can do this too!

Friday, December 5, 2014

What I might have made today but....

 I made all of these two weeks ago and aren't they delicious?
I used the Zero Waste rule and there were no remnants to toss into landfill.

They are all for sale at Wandaworks. These one of a kind garments are hand dyed and sewn by me, I can't tell you how wonderful these all feel, made from the same piece of 100% wool jersey from Italy. They look great on everyone! They are on a size 18 dressmakers dummy and look good right down to size 4. Can you imagine swanning around in one of these joyous beauty this winter? Put it on your wish list!

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

What I didn't make today!

I made this a couple of weeks ago and I'm so pleased with it!
Using a wonderful Italian knit wool in a lightweight with a great soft hand, I cut and sewed these gorgeous jackets, they can be worn many ways including upside down. And then I dyed it.
It will be for sale soon, I have two colourways right now, each one I make is wonderfully unique, just like you.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Don't Make A Thing Girl!

Traditionally this is the time I start my "Make a Thing A Day" for the month of December.
This year I don't want to.
It's as plain as that.
Instead I'm getting ready for our International Hooking Day celebration on December 4th and I'm doing my favorite job:

I have this effect on all the men!

I'm also getting my home studio back in shape for my bevy of rug hooking beauties to return. Thank goodness I have my Miss Watson to help me!

We will be posting though in December.... don't you wonder what we will be showing you?
Stay tuned.
Oh... are you looking for dyeing info?
Away you go.... straight to The Majic Carpet Club or look at our boon for this week in The WandaWay Studio

Friday, November 28, 2014

Darks For Black Friday

Let’s propose you want a dark background for a rug.
Look for some wool that is already on the way to being darker.  I like to use a four value range on the value scale for this type of work  ie: #4 #5 #6 #7.
It helps to save on dye if you are starting out with medium values for dyeing darks.

Here are a group of close values, use these to judge your selection.

Gather up different wool that fits a “mostly”, they might be mostly green, mostly grey, mostly brown... just choose the mostly that suits your purpose or what you have on hand. Use textures and little bits you might have leftover too. No need to worry about running out. Just make sure they fit your chosen “mostly”

 Here are the Mostly Greys for Old Stormy before dyeing

Wet your wool as usual with synthrapol or the wool wetter of your choice, shampoo without conditioner will work if you have nothing else.

Chose one dye from your selection that will get you the results you desire. Keep in mind what happens to certain colours when they are dyed with another, for instance, blue dyed over brown becomes tealish. Maybe you will want to add some black dye to deaden or some brown dye to dull according to what you need your dark areas to look like. Make that judgment as you dye. It takes about 1/2 tsp of darker dyes to make this much wool darker and keep in mind lighter dyes such as yellow will not make a dark colour for you.

A series of blue greenish wool over-dyed with black will give you a cool black. For a warmer one look for  a “mostly” that are brown.

Old Stormy

Gather 6 pieces of random grey textures and solids equaling 8 oz or 3/4 of a yd. Arrange them from light to dark and add them in that order. This will let more dye go into the lighter wool and less for the darker wool keeping the marriage close in values.
These were over-dyed with Majic Carpet Dyes. 1/4 tsp. Blue + 1/8th tsp. Black in a dye bath with plenty of room, with minimum stirring. Add 1/4 tsp of citric acid after 10 minutes.
When water clears rinse wool well and dry.

When you hook these types of backgrounds try random irregular sections of colour dispersed without planning.