I’m Laura, owner of Appleberry Cottage. I love to share my primitive stitchery, primitive punch needle, hand crafted folk art, and heirloom crocheted baby afghans with you.
When I'm not crafting, I'm mom to 4 kids: Andrew, Matt, Rachel (17 yrs old), and James (12 yrs old).
I finished the background on the rug. Now only the trees to go. I have some greens, and dyed a couple more. But, they weren't in the same dye family, so I decided to marry the wools together.
I put them all in the same pot and simmered. I'll now be able to use them together. Don't know if I'll like all of the wools, but I'll see how it looks as I'm hooking.
This past week I've been experimenting with more dye. I tried a lighter value of the pumpkin color. I let this one simmer longer before adding the vinegar. It came out a lot less mottled.
I did the same value of the gold, but added the vinegar when most of the dye had been absorbed. The result is a lot less mottling.
I tried it with the green, too. The first time I added the vinegar a lot sooner. The top has a lot of spots of blue, yellow, and green. The bottom strip is a lighter value, but vinegar added after most of the dye has been absorbed.
I also did another experiment with no dye. I thought the gold was too bright, and the purple too bold. So, since they are opposites on the color wheel, I put them in the pot to simmer for a while. The gold was toned down, but has a slight purple cast to it. The purple took the yellow, and canceled it, leaving a grey. This new purple strip now looks so vintage and worn! It would be nice for an aged flower in a rug.
I started school this past Wednesday. A few long days for kindergartners to sit, and be in school all day. This week will be a full week, instead of just 3 days. We'll see who is more tired, them or me! High school doesn't start until tomorrow. But, the first football game was Friday. I'll have to keep post season open, in case the band is still needed for half time. Wonder if we can make it to the state championships this year?