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.