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 finally got out the dyes and started playing around yesterday and today. I started out dyeing in a stainless steel pot, but with dyeing little pieces, it seemed like a waste. So, today I opted to try out dyeing in a jar. I'm keeping notes of things that I've done, and a small sample of the wool.
Here's a few samples that I did. I did 2 values of a green, a salt box red, a sunflower yellow, and what was suppose to be soldier blue. It came out purple. Deep purple. Now to figure out why. The formula has the exact ratios of each color as a purple in the book, just the blue uses less of the dye. Did I goof and measure incorrectly when I created the liquid dye? Might be interesting to try again. I'm also playing around with when to add the vinegar. I've read all different theories. So, the next batch, I'm going to add the vinegar much later in the process, just to see if it has less mottling in the wool.
Last night we saw 3 hot air balloons going over our subdivision. This one was really low!
I managed to get 2 of them in the this photo. Guess it's our version of the Chicago Air and Water Show here in the far NW burbs.
I better run and check the pumpkin color that I'm currently dyeing. That last bit of yellow dye is taking forever to be absorbed.