RUG HOOKING WITH YARN-A DYE STUDY GROUP-COPPER DYE UPDATE

22 03 2014

Hello

Second Day of Spring

Snow flurries are fluttering about this morning while the temps hover below freezing.  Last night the winds were howling, but it will warm up today and this may be winters last gasp.

RUG HOOKING WITH YARN by JUDY TAYLOR

Rug hooking with wool was thought to have started somewhere in the 4th century with tufts of wool.  Methods improved and burlap was being used  as a backing in the 19th century, people were gathering thrums from the weaving or spinning room floors in mills and using them in their rugs.

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This book has been quite useful to me.  It covers hooking with yarn completely.  More and more people have stashes of yarn and this is a wonderful way to use them up. 

In this book you will find out how to figure how much yarn you will need to complete a project, many methods of dyeing, and much more.

NATURAL DYE STUDY GROUP

This summer we plan to have a dye study group.  I am not sure exactly how it will work out.  Maybe we all bring  wool, and other fibers and divide them up.    I will investigate how other groups have done it.  It will be fun.  The blue dye is coming along nicely.

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Chris is here and we  are ready to tackle the barn tomorrow.  I hope we can get a good chunk of it done.

Hope you had a wonderful day and many thanks for taking the time to read my blog.   Carole





A CALENDAR OF COMMON DYE PLANTS-PUSSY WILLOWS-COPPER DYE RECIPE

20 03 2014

HAPPY SPRING

SHORTY THINKS NAPS ARE IMPORTANT

SHORTY’S WAY OF GETTING READY FOR SPRING

A CALENDER OF COMMON DYE PLANTS

Some years ago I got a wonderful Newsletter from England.  It was about all sorts of needlecrafts including spinning and dyeing.  I looked forward to it so much.  The articles were wonderful and the editor was Rowena Edlin-While who has written a few books.  She and Dee Duke wrote a series of small books about spinning and dyeing and I purchased this one.

This was a very reasonable book and most of the plants listed are grown here in the states.  ONe of the dyes is Coltsfoot, a plant which is seen on the side of the road in April, it produces a yellow dye.  With each dye recipe there are interesting tidbits about the dye plant.

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PUSSY WILLOWS

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The pussy willows are in full bloom now, I have cut the branches that need to be away from the roof but they are still iced onto the roof.    I think I will root a few this year in water and put them in other locations. 

INSTANT COPPER DYE RECIPE

Always use caution when making this dye as ammonia  is a dangerous substance.  Read the label and wear safety glasses when pouring.

Place a 12 inch piece of copper pipe or anything copper (pennies will do) into a gallon glass jar which has a cover.  Also pour in one quart of ammonia (CLEAR NOT SUDSY) add 3 quarts of water.  Cover and let stand for 1 week.  When the color changes from a light blue to a deep royal blue its ready.   Drop in a handful of wet, clean fleeces, wet cotton or silk, most fibers will work.  You don’t need to stir it but don’t let the fiber lay on top.  Take it out in 15 minutes or before if the color is to your liking.. You may put the fiber in for a little longer if you want a darker color.  I would not leave anything in longer than 25 minutes as it can be damaging to your fibers.  I have found that 10 minutes is enough time to absorb the dye.  Rinse your fiber well

When we did this as a group and we found everyone’s dye was different, the result was many different colors of blue.  Try making 2 batches from water from different places..

This dye can be used for approximately 8 months to a year.  It’s best to make a new batch after that time.  Enjoy.

These gallon pickle jars are hard to acquire.  I had 5 or 6 from many years ago and have acquired a few along the way at tag sales and flea markets.   They were not expensive.  I have two that are allocated for dye purposes, once you do use them for dye they should not be used for any food storage.  The rest I do use for food storage. The Following picture was taken after only a couple of hours, I will post more picture of the dye in progress.

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Many thanks for reading my blog on this first day of Spring.  Hope your day is wonderful.  Carole





-BEAUTIFUL SUNNY DAYS- A DIFFERENT DYE METHOD -UPDATE ON mRS. bROWN AND hAZEL AND miLLY

8 03 2014

Hello,

A BEAUTIFUL DAY

Yesterday was a beautiful day here, still a chill in the air but the sky was so blue.  I love the afternoon shadows on the mountain.

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  My friend Susan said we can hang our clothes out tomorrow! The pussy willows are out in full force now.

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AN UNUSUAL DYE METHOD

Yesterday I got my March, April, May issue of Rug hooking magazine. 

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SO many good articles in it.  I was drawn to an article on dyeing , it was done in such an unexpected way.  In 2008 India Flint wrote a book about a new way to dye called Eco Dyeing on fabric.  Although I think  this method could be used on roving and batts.  I also think that this would work for cotton shirts too.  That would be a huge help to me as soon as I wear a new shirt a stain seems to attach itself and it becomes a farm shirt.  

Wanda Kerr did the text and photo’s for the article and is was done extremely well.  She experimented with all things dirt, compost, flowers, rusty pipes etc.   The one I liked the most was leaves and flowers.  I would like to try it with Calendula flowers, marigolds and leaves and grassy stems, adding blackberries, and other berries would be interesting too.

UPDATE ON HAZEL, MRS. BROWN AND MILLY

They are doing very well, Mrs. Brown occasionally lays an eggs, Hazel has returned to himself, the guardian of Mrs. Brown and Milly enjoys watching them.  I am hoping to have a new area outside for them and in late April I hope to have them in it and maybe the new hens too.

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Many thanks for reading my blog on this beautiful day.  I hope you day was wonderful too.   Carole





SPINNING-MORE DYE BOOKS-EGGS-CHICKEN EVENTS-HESTER

7 02 2014

GOOD MORNING

We got through the storm and its all cleared away, yesterday was a beautiful sunny day.  Last night the temps almost broke a record, way below zero.  Even though the heat is on nicely you know its very cold outside.

SPINNING

I have been sorting through the wool in the box room and came across a couple of handfuls of Angora.  I raised Angora rabbits in the early 80’s.  They are sweet and beautiful but so much work, much more than sheep.  I found a bag of white and brought it downstairs.  Then decided to throw it in the end of the green dye bath and this is how it came out.  I love the color and probably could never repeat it again.  I am spinning it now and will probably use it in the top of a pair of sock.  I have also found  part of an Irish fleece I bought many years ago.  I did send it out and had it made into roving.  It’s a course wool and I now think it will make great bottoms of socks or I could put it into a hooked rug.. The coarseness will make  It long-lasting in either project.

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DYE BOOKS

I bought these  3 dye books from the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens in New York.  They are exceptional dye books with many illustrations and dye recipes from here and around the world.    I have used them many times and they were especially useful when I lived in Belchertown and had a dye garden. I am hoping to make a small dye garden this year and do some more natural dyeing with roving.

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EGGS, Hester and Chicken Events

I got a egg from Mrs. Brown and another blue one.  The days are getting longer and more will be coming.  Hester’s feet are almost back to normal now.  I am going to changer her coop and she will go into the gentle coop this spring.  I think she will like it better.  The gals in her old coop are all black or grey, and now with Hilda gone it might be better for her to make the change.  \

Next Saturday is the yearly Chicken CHat held at a farm in Hatfield.  Although we are all members of a local online group its good to get together.  There will be people who want to get into chickens there and old timers.  Questions will be answered and information about up coming events, feed and chicken illnesses will be discussed.   It’s always a fun and educational event.  Hope the weather hold for it. 

Hope you have a sparkling day and thank you so much for reading my blog.   Carole





DYEING THE YARN-CAMP WOOL- HESTER UPDATE- ANOTHER DYE BOOK

31 01 2014

Hello,

ANOTHER DYE BOOK

ANTIQUE COLOURS FOR PRIMITIVE RUGS

I bought this book in the late 90’s and am using it more lately  It is put out by W. Cushing & Cushing the dye company.  Written by Emma Lou Lais and Barbara Carroll.  I am going to use at least one of the formula’s today in dyeing a green.  The book has formulations using Cushing dyes and there are pictures of the color it will become.  When I first started chemical dyeing I only used Cushing.  One dye package would dye wool, silk and cotton, it made it economical.   They changed the dye formula in the 90’s and I then I started using Pro Chem dyes and have been using them ever since.  I now use Cushing again and this dye book helps me get the primitive colors I want.  The book is still available and a quite handy dye book to have around.  You should be able to purchase it from any Rug HOoking store or directly from Cushing in Kennebunkport, Maine.  

CAMP WOOL

It is with great sadness that I announce that Camp Wool is not going to be held this year.  LeAnn worked very hard but just couldn’t find a venue for us this year.  The one we had used before had increased their prices and she wants to keep it affordable for everyone.  I am sure she will find another place for next year. I look forward to it so much its one of three Rug Hooking events that I attend and enjoy.  Going to Maine gives me a chance to visit my childhood friend Francine and my Sister in-law Rita.  I look forward to both those visits so much  Well I hope to incorporate them in my trip to Nova Scotia.

HESTER

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I took this picture last nite as she was getting ready for bed.  She is quite good and is eating and drinking well.  I really think she enjoys being in the kitchen where there is activity. My friend Anne from Ireland gave me some great advice and today I will pick up a soft toothbrush and brush her legs.  

WILD HORSE ADOPTION CONFERENCE  will he held at Tufts at the end of March.  For all you people who are interested in Mustangs go to the Wild Horse Adoption website.  It’s great to have it in our neck of the woods.

DYEING THE YARN

When I finished winding skeins last night I though I had so much of it done in reality there was not that much.

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 I only did green and purple and will do some more purple tomorrow.  I want to do reds and blues too

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The material came out great.

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Hope you have a wonderful day and many thanks for reading my blog.  Carole





RUG HOOKING-DYE BOOKS-WEATHER-UP HELLY AA EUROPE’S LARGEST FIRE FESTIVAL

29 01 2014

HELLO

RUG HOOKING

The piece is done.  I like the way it came out and thinK I will make some more signs.    I will back it with a piece of wool, I haven’t decided how I  will hang it yet.

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DYE BOOKS

I have a large selection of dye books and want to share some of them with you.  Most are for natural dyeing which I did a lot of when I lived in Belchertown, Ma.  and its something I want to more of this year.

DYE PLANTS by John and Margaret Cannon

Published first in 1994 in association with The Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew.  It has wonderful illustrations by Gretel Dalby-Quemet.

It’s a detailed dye book with many plants such as White  Water Lily, Woad , Black Oak, Heather, Ivy and many more.  On the page across from the information there is a picture of the plant and the colors that you will get, just like on the front cover of the book. I found the book with a new cover on Amazon for $18.00 used and $24.95 new. 

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I would like to try Eucalyptus and White Water Lily and raspberries this summer.

The Weather

Its turned bitter again and temps will again be in the below zero numbers tonight.  I went to the grain store today to buy some more sheep grain and they had seed and supplies for growing your own out.  It’s hard to think of spring with this kind of weather.

UP HELLY AA

Europe’s largest fire festival was filmed today,  I had planned to watch it and totally forgot, I am hoping to stream it tomorrow.  For those of you who are interested in it go to uphellyaa.com.  This looks like a fun festival to be enjoyed even if your can’t attend.

Many thanks for reading my blog today and I hope you are warm tonight  Carole