Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Dye-versions ~

Sitting on a cupboard top in the dining room.  A Schooner redware plate, Peaseware container (I LOVE Peaseware) and some antique rag balls in an old wooden caddy.

I started playing in the dye pots because I needed some bright yellow wool.  Think Bart Simpson yellow.  Don't ask :)  This is what I came up with but it just wasn't quite right.  Thankfully Saundra came to the rescue and sent me just the color I needed.  This is another project that I can't share with you . . . sigh.  One of these days I'll hook something I can share.

I also dyed a few recipes from the Barbara Carroll/Emma Lou Lais book.  The blue (prettier in person) and the khaki came out good IMHO.

Antique black on the left came out too black if that makes any sense.  I thought it would be a bit mottled since I barely stirred, but it's just, well . . . black.  The antique black green on the right is too green.  Better luck next time.

Thanks so much for stopping by.
Pug hugs : )
P.S.  One last chance for one of the winners to contact me.  I got a comment that I didn't understand and that person is a no-reply blogger so I can't contact her.


acorn hollow said...

Oh good for you getting in the dye pot I love your colors. I also love your little plate and rag balls.

Fran said...

I love the colors of your wool. I would love to have a great stash of it. Keep up the great work. Love your blog.

Furry Bottoms said...

You can make old stuff look really, really good! Great combinations all over.

The Eveningstitcher said...

I think you've hit the Bart Simpson yellow right on the nose! Your colors look great...wish I had enough ambition to start dyeing!!

kelley said...

Love the blue and khaki...the Bart Simpson yellow is hilarious...maybe put the too black and too green in a pot together and see what happens!

newburyarts said...

after forty years in the dye pot her are some simple rules/thoughts on the process: start slow with the darker colors. they are stronger than you think, hence the problem with the black. this is a common one that happens to everyone...old and new dyers. soak the black and green overnight in very warm water that has a tablespoon of tide added...not too much because the suds will not end. simmer very gently and the black will bleed into the green. keep a wet sample of both to see the difference. the black may be hard to bleed, but this
will take some time. once you are done reset everything with the vinegar. the mottled effect isn't always created by not stirring too much...adding the dye slowly will also increase this style and adding too much wool to the dye pot will definitely produce a mottled effect. good luck.

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Kimberly said...

They look wonderful to me!!! Always fun to play in the dye pots!!! Love you rag balls & plate display, very pretty. Enjoy Your Day! ~My Best, Kimberly

Julia said...

Nice display of your pottery.

Actually your black has a green tone to it from the photo I see on my computer. I like it ver much... I think that the yellow is very yellow. I'm anxious to see what you're hooking with all that yellow wool. Maybe flowers???

Saundra is a good one to have on your side when you need help.

I'll have to remember what Newburtarts suggested when I try my hand at dying antique black.

I hope that you have a good day today.

Farm Girl said...

I love your colors!! From where I sit the Antique black looks wonderful. I am never able to get a good Antique Black. I like that bright yellow. It is such a happy colors. I have that book but haven't used it. I need to now as I love your colors.
I love top of your cupboard. You have such amazing collections Lauren. Well, here it is Thursday! What a week! Have a nice day.

Raymond Homestead said...

Love your colors! I've been thinking about starting a wool project.

marie said...

Yellow sure is bright, but I'm sure you have a reason to use it. I love the black and green, but then I'm a dark color person. The Khaki came out good, nice backgrounds. I am always surprised at what the dye pots deliver even when I'm using a recipe.

Saundra said...

What you dyed sure does look like it would have worked or would mix well with what I sent. But color is something you just have to look at in person and not on a monitor.

All the other colors are great but I also like mottled wool. What you ended up with in all colors I'm sure will be great used in something for the future.

If only people would CHECK to see if they are a NO-REPLY blogger. They probably don't even know but because they didn't put in their email address in their profile they can't be reached. Too bad for her, let this be a lesson to the rest of the readers.

Larkrise garden girl said...

I love everything you dyed!

Primitive Stars said...

Hi Lauren, I love the redware, looks great. Your floors of wool are so beautiful, the golden yellow is so pretty,Hugs Francine.

Mugwump Woolies said...

Ahhh...Shooner redware...and Florida
pepperberries?...great combo! Wonderful wool! I love the seems all my rugs have black in them and I always like to see a good variety of blacks. I have been out of the blogging loop for so long I don't know if I will ever catch up! Hope you are enjoying the summer!

Julie - My Primitive Heart said...

Hi Lauren,
I, too, love your Schooner redware plate and how you have it displayed!! Lovely!!
Your wool looks wonderful to me and I know you will be able to use it in lots of different projects!! Great colors and stash!!
Take care and have a great Sunday!!
Warm Hugs~

Char said...

Hi Lauren! Oh my! I can't get over how much Jake has grown! He looks a lot older than some of the other pictures you have posted of him. Looks like he had a great time! So, when you got home did you collapse and sleep for like 12 hours or more?!?! I would have! LOL!