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.

Go to the WandaWorks store for your Majic Carpet Dyes and explore other delights.

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