Monthly Archives: December, 2011

New paws

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First attempt at “Antique Black”

So my project has progressed to the point where I want to pick a background.I want a dark background, but not flat black, hence the attempt to dye something nice…

I started out with three colours, a grey and two camel beiges.

I bought some black, Ivy, and mustard. I mixed my own purple from primary colours. I used about 1/2 tsp of each of the colours in 2 cups water, and I was supposed to use 1 tsp of the black, but I may have goofed and put less black in…and I did goof and added salt instead of citric acid. I added the citric acid as soon as I realized…wonder what salt does?

I used one purple in each pan.

This is the wool, mostly dry, from the right hand pan.

and the left hand pan…

Here they are side by side.

So I have a wide variation in the wool. I guess I need to stir more, but I was terrified it would all come out all black. It is very deceiving when it is wet. It looks very dark. I was amazed when it came out of the dryer slightly damp. So a little more practice needed, but I am happy with my first attempt. I think I have wool that I will use, though not all of it in the background.

So fun…thanks Gene!!!

New paws

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Marbelized dyeing

Tried this last night. Not sure I really like the results. More practise needed.

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New Swivel frame

Yay! It arrived last night. My new K’s swivel frame. Should make hooking the cats paws much easier.

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eBay wool

The first of me eBay wool has arrived. I don’t usually go for green and orange but sometimes you have to go out of your comfort zone.

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The culprit

I put three loops in the start of another cats paw, left the frame for about 2 minutes and when I came back…the loops were gone. Maybe he objects to the pattern name.

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Wool wool, more wool

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I started my new project the other night. I am using some of the wool I dyed, some leftovers from my cat rug and various pieces of old garments I found at Frenchy’s in Saint John years ago.  The problem is that since I found Gene Shepherd I am not happy with the colours I have.  I have an assortment of darks, plaids and some brights from sweaters but I want the variation you get from dyeing like Gene does. So over the last few days I have bid on an assortment of dyed wool on eBay. I think I am addicted.

Cats Paws

Here are some pics of my paws so far…

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So many learning curves…

As if I haven’t started enough new projects. This blog has it’s own learning curve. Tonight I found a picture of the one and only rug that I have completed. That was 10 years ago…and then life took a left turn. I have managed to customize my header with a pic of that first rug. Yay!

The above was done while my first batch of transitional dyed wool was simmering on the stove.

The strips came from this pile…

Things are starting to simmer…

After 60 minutes it’s cooked…

I’m not sure what I’ll get, but it should definitely be more interesting than the plain wool….

After the water cools a bit… a before and after pic…

Don’t know about you, but I’m liking it much better.

Cheers,

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