With the crisp fall air I am encouraged to work on projects and dye wool that I have obtained during the summer. I am usually kind enough to wait until the hubby is off hunting so he doesn't have to smell that lovely aroma of wet sheep and vinegar...and try for a day when I can open the windows. Today was my day. I have finished planning out my rug for the upcoming Vermont Rug Hooking Guild show in two weeks. I will be taking a class with Jule Marie Smith, and I hope to learn a lot. Her rugs inspire me, not only the wonderful borders but the colors. We had to design a rug, which has been a huge challenge for me. The theme of the class is "Once Upon a Time" so the rug had to tell about something or someone. It should be a fun class. I realized that I have a nice collection of dye books, and just aquired a new one. It is by Cathy Meyer..."A Rustic Pallette". I wanted a dark reddish brown background so I though I would give one of her recipes a try. They use Cushings dye, which is what I have on hand.
I used Kathy's recipe and was quite pleased with the results. I then dyed some greens, and then one of Kathy's colors called "Aged barn wood". It's a great color. Here are some pictures of the greens with the background red, although several of the pictures show the greens much brighter than they actually are. The red is Kathy's "dark red cool". Some of the "Aged barn wood" is to the right of the red.I dyed the greens over gray, white and pale yellow in two batches...one strong and one weak. The pale yellow with the old barn wood recipe came out the darkest (surprise...darker than tan!) and has a wonderful primitive look.After that I did two more batches of colors. I did some rose colors using straight "wood rose" dye from Cushings over a variety of wool. Then I did some blues and came out with a good sampling to choose from. Jule Marie had told us to bring wool that had a wide variety of shades that we liked and she would show us how to shade and blend colors to bring the viewer's eye from one area of the rug to another. Next weekend I'll do some golden browns and pale soft yellows. I already have some lavenders and other colors that I will go through and make my final color selections just before the class. I will bring twice as much wool as I need...but there's nothing wrong with that. I also have to cut and zig zag edge of my linen, and transfer the paper pattern that I drew onto the linen. Something else I have very little experience with! I think I'll buy some of that red dot tracer paper that ruggers speak of. I've never tried it, but it might make the pattern transfer a lot easier! Thanks for sharing my relaxing dye day with me!