Wednesday, May 13, 2015

A Warm Dark Wandering

Contrary to the title this is not a dyeing formula inspired by a nighttime search for the water closet.

It is for this amazing wool:
Over 1/2 yd natural wool using my Majic Carpet Dyes and my wandering dye method.

Toasty Warm Dark Wandering
1/4 tsp. Yellow
1/8th tsp. Orange
1/8th tsp. Blue
1/8th tsp. Blue Violet
3/8th tsp. Black

Join the free Majic Carpet Dye Club for more a cool dark wandering formula - go here and look on the comment wall.
Happy Dyeing

Monday, May 4, 2015

The Manistee Ten - Making Rugs of Distinction

Here is a list I made in 2008 of important key things to think about when you want to hook rugs of distinction.

Know yourself and what you want and like, then do it.
Use a full range of values, that means white and black and every value step between.
Create glow
Create iridescent events
Let the rug tell a story, something happened, something is happening, something is about to happen
Let your rug be meaningful for you
Go beyond expected outcomes
Have new experiences
Don't look to rug hookers to see how or what to hook - this is key!
Try anything you may think of, if you can think it, you can do it.

You CAN do anything you wish, just make a start, you have to put something in to know what to take out.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Time to blossom

I'm not sure you know what you are capable of.
I think you extend yourself only so long as it feels comfortable.

Sometimes you even put on the appearance of others to sop in their "significance"

Where are you? Are you in there?
It's time to come out and play.

Who cares if you fail or incur some criticism?
Isn't that just part of being authentic?
Even the most boring and goofed up display or version of yourself is leagues greater than a copy of someone else.

Be your own magician,hero or idol.
Don't look up to others, look up to yourself.
You are right there waiting to blossom.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Dyeing in a Wanderful Way

Today on The Welcome Mat we are trying something brand spanking new in Dyeing Matters.
Look at my results:

We are doing it two ways.... two videos full of great, fun instructions and lots of photos and I answer all your questions.
I can't wait to hook this up!
(You know Vim is a great product, just saying....)

Wanna get you some of that?
Join us here.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Rug Show TODAY In Owen Sound, Ontario

some of my gorgeous co-ordin8s

I'm sitting here writing to you when I should be getting my presentable on. I'm vending at the Lee Manor Rug Show. You should see the amazing beauties I'm bringing and that is just my wonderful assistant (what a stupid word to describe her) saviour.
We've got wool, wool, lovely piles of wool and more and even more!

Tons of Majic Carpet dyes, Wandawear, nylons, handspun, hand dyed yarn, my rugs to see and even some great deals.

Yes I'm bringing my famous Flesh Pot

Ok here the blurb, the who, what whenfor and where, no one needs to ask why do they? It's all for the love of hooking!!!!

You are invited to attend The Lee Manor Rug Show March 29th, 2015.
It will be held from 12:00 until 4 pm at the Lee Manor Nursing Home Auditorium, look for the signs.
There is a tea room, rugs to see and vendors Cozy Nook, WandaWorks, Freda McDonnell, and Holly McLay to date. There will be cutter and scissor sharpening available.
Admisson $3

875 6th St. E Owen Sound Ontario.

See you there!


PS am I the only person you know who takes a dressmaker's dummy with her everywhere she goes?

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Dyeing For Simple Formulas?

Today is dyeing day on The Welcome Mat.
We are focusing on simple ways to increase our number of dye formulas, a safe way to depart from dye books!

These beauties are the contents of my article, products of the three main dye companies hookers use.  

I'd like to share a Majic Carpet formula with you.
I think this colour would make an interesting background.

Soft Gill Algae
note: it is a little lighter in real life

1/8th yd of natural wool in a microwave dye bath method ( you can use any dye bath method)
Soft Gill Algae
1/128th tsp. Chocolate Brown
1/128th tsp. Moss Green

Happy dyeing!

Monday, March 2, 2015

March! Already

March is a month unlike any other as it has a directive for action built right in!
March requires movement.

Yesterday I compiled my plans for the month, will I be able to do it all?
Who cares? So what if I don't?
At least I have written down what needs to be done, all in one place and can stop juggling them in my mind. When I drop a ball in that dark chasm, it is often lost for several woolly days.

Every other week on The Welcome Mat I produce formulas just like I do for Rug Hooking Magazine, using all three main dye companies.
On opposing weeks I post my past articles which are now free from contractual agreement.

There are new fresh things and great stand bys too. The best thing?
 I'm right there to answer your questions when you ask them.

Last week I published some terrific formulas there that just happened to be among the first I wrote.
I was dyeing for this rug, My English Garden.

Here are a couple for you to try. You will see at the bottom the original swatch samples, If you'd like to make a swatch of this formula use 1 cup of water total.
If you would like to make a swatch that will actually shade something well use twice as much dye in each jar. This is what will make a perfect value gradation according to the gray scale. Why settle for something less?
I learned this the hard way. Double every jar!  It doesn't matter which measure you start at 1/32 to 1/4 or even 1/2 tsp ( you will need more dye) the next one should be double- 1/6th , 1/2 or 1 if we are considering our examples.

All samples are dyed over 1/8th yd of natural or white wool.
I dye all my samples in the microwave, I start with boiling water from the stove kettle. I pour 6 cups of water into an 8 cup receptacle.
I add the dye, the wet wool, stir well by pushing the wool back and forth through the water.
Cook for two one minute intervals on full power then half power, stir well and do it again.
Stir again add a small amount of acid. If fine grained use about 1/32 tsp. If coarse grained use about 1/4 tsp. Stir wool some more .
Process for one more  interval.
The water should be clear, if not leave dye receptacle standing with a news paper lid for 10 minutes or so.
Rinse well, dry the way you like!
Thorn Shine - Majic Carpet  I love this colour
1/32 tsp. Reddish Brown
1/32 tsp. Blue
Here it is in light to dark samples

Rosdelion Majic Carpet 
1/32 tsp Chocolate Brown
1/32 tsp. Yellow
1/2 inch damp round toothpick of Orange 
1/2 tsp. damp round toothpick of Moss Green
I've already used Rosedelion up in my Journal rug!
That is on it's way to being done hooray!
For another beautiful formula from this collection go to The Majic Carpet Club

Friday, February 6, 2015

Hey You!

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.
Hook happily
Dirty Unsexed Baby Yellow
 1, 1/2 inch of damp toothpick Yellow
1/2 inch of  damp toothpick Seal Brown.

 Melted Creamsicle
1/32 tsp Orange
1/256th tsp.Chocolate Brown 
1/256th tsp Seal Brown

Brown Back
3/32 tsp. Chocolate Brown
1/32 tsp. Seal Brown
1/64 tsp. Blue Violet