Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Online Dye Class Starts Soon!

My online classes include interaction from me from start to finish and speaking of starting we are commencing to proceed in two days but you can start any time during your two months access.

Dyeing With Ice Cubes and Snow

It's time to make use of this:

And this:

 in a beautiful way to create this. 

I used Cushing Dyes to create this sample.
Bring my Jan / Feb 2015 article in Rug Hooking Magazine to life by participating in our online class.
It's fun, fascinating and you'll have fantastic, unique wool to hook!
Only $25

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Golden Goose and Dyeing with Ice and Snow Online Class

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!

Over 1 yard of assorted yellows!

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.

Rinse well.
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.

Golden Goose

1/32 tsp Yellow

1/128th tsp. Seal Brown
Online class starting in 8 days!!!!
From The Land of Ice and Snow!
Did you read my article in RHM lately?
You too could make this beautiful wool.

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.

Monday, January 5, 2015

Loving The Purple

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.

Make your own divine purple velvetness with Majic Carpet Dyes.
Join us in The Majic Carpet Club for more on Purple.
Join The Welcome Mat to read this week's Dyeing Matters column published on Wednesday's and all the previous columns published - a treasure trove!

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Hookers Can Journal Too

Recently I've noticed we want to read less and less, I hope you will take a minute to read some suggestions on successful hook journalling.
For over 15 years I've hooked a journal rug once a year, sometimes twice a year!
They have come in all shapes and forms inspired by very diverse things.

The Welcome Mat members accept the challenge and hook along with me.
I see wonderful growth in myself and in those of us crazy enough to do this.
So much learning about colour has come from these projects for me.
I love the daily "date" of it , the "reason " to sit down and hook and with abandon!
I love exploring thoughts and symbols and what happens when I don't have a clue what will come about.

Circle of Life: 2013 by Wanda Kerr

In A Word 2014 by Wanda Kerr

Trying to do a project like this can shiver your timbers and not from minus bleventy bleven January gale force winds.
It strike a frisson of fear to be completely in charge of what you create.
You are alone are responsible for your creation - freeing and terrifying, invigorating and all at once!
There is no safer way to explore this new path and your ideas than with an equally brave companion of hooking journalers. 
Join us here on the Mat for our journalling project this year centered around 
House and Home. 
You won't regret the small fee, you've paid much more for 1/2 tank of gas.
And this tank will carry you to your heart's desire! 

Here are a few tips to help you journal hook.

There are ways to help you do partake in a daily practice like hooking journals.
Make a date and keep it each day.
Try sitting down at the same time everyday. It helps.
Overcome your avoidance by:
making it pleasant, a cuppa, an audible book, anything that helps
having made preparations and plans the night before you journal, having too look for things can stop you in your tracks
Fixing the runaway train by:
doing it every day, like interest the days pile up pretty quickly and it can seem very expensive to meet 5 payments instead of keeping up with one a day.

Any work towards this project is valuable, draw in if you can't hook it in
Scale your work to the amount of time you will have. Remember, a tiny cut and project doesn't mean it will take less time, it takes the same time to pull a fat loop as a thin one. 
Don't give up hope, ask for help and support from those around you and here.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Let them out!

Does the artist in you rarely come out to play?
What's stopping you from experiencing the joy of self expression?

We are looking at that very topic today in Our Daily Bread on The Welcome Mat.

Do you dream of artistic freedom?
Everyone abides in a prison of their own making.

Why not try exercising your jail busting muscles?
Sign up for our January Journal project centered on the idea of house and home.
Build a beautiful abode for your heart's desire by painting with wool.
Expand what you can do with your mind, heart and hook.
See you there!

Monday, December 29, 2014

January Journal - A Wonderful Way to Spend the Month

There is light shining at the end of the tunnel of winter I promise!

It's almost January Journal time on The Welcome Mat.
This is a wonderful, yearly tradition, we work around a theme and hooking an "entry " each day.
This year our theme's is House and Home. 
How you explore this idea is up to you.
Artists love exploring the idea of house, home and village.

Uptown By Patricia Keeler

You can be highly organized or incredibly chaotic in this work.
It can be simple or complex.
It is for you and up to you alone how it transpires.

You can dream up your fantasy of a house full of wool or one made of it!
You can create a bunting or swag with 31 different little things you wish your home had.
You can build the cottage of your dreams or a new simple house each day.
You can join us right here, it worth joining up to the Mat for.

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."
James Boswell

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?

So many ways we can to go to traverse this month with our heart filled subject, I can't wait to see what you create.

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.