PRO Chem dyes are on sale for entire month: Oct 2015

Spot dyes for trees

Spot Dyed Wool

See the coupon code below.

This month you can get 10% off Washfast acid dyes by just ordering online. That is very close to the discount I can get from PRO Chem with a large order, vendor’s license and proof that I teach dyeing.

The dyes rug hookers use to dye wool are Wash Fast Acid Dyes.  My dye book Dyeing by the Numbers, uses just the basic 5 colors:

Red (338)

Orange (233)

Yellow (119)*

Blue (490)

Black (672)

*Always order yellow in the next biggest size. You will use more yellow than any other color.

You can make every color you need with these basics.  All you need are some recipes:

Click on the photograph to read more about each product. Another great source for recipes are older Rug Hooking Magazine articles. Mary Anne Lincoln wrote many articles using just the basic five colors I have listed above. Those articles were my wool dyeing lessons and created my first inventory of rug hooking wool.

If you are just getting started in dyeing be sure to also order these basics:

(1) WashFast Acid 6 Dye Sampler sku=SWFA*

*Order the sampler kit if you want the smallest jars you can get. It is a very inexpensive option. It does not include citric acid. Instead it uses Ammonium Sulfate, an alternative to citric acid.

(7) 8 oz. plastic storage bottles sku=SQB.8W/Y, choose 8 oz. size.

(7) Storage caps for 8 oz. bottles sku=CAP.8, choose 8 oz. size.

(3) Tri-pour Safety Beaker 250ml sku=BEA.250, choose 250ml. I like to have a 1000ml. on hand also, but you do not always need it.

Optional: Citric acid (you can use vinegar instead) A 1 lb. bag is plenty to get started.

No expensive dye spoons needed

You will NOT need the expensive dye spoons to measure 1/128th tsp. if you use the instructions in my book and use the 8 oz. bottles above to store your dissolved dye.

Use coupon code WFEOSS when you check out.

Coupon code good until the end of October 2015


Sauder Village Rug Hooking Camp 2015

Everyone taking photos of the class rugs on the floor.

Everyone taking photos of the class rugs on the floor.

I had a great time last week at one of my favorite places, Sauder Village Rug Hooking Camp. My teacher for the week was Jayne Hester. I have taught with Jayne at rug camps before but this was the first time I got to spend all week with her as a student. I can now walk a bit closer to the primitive drab side.

My project was a stool cover for an IKEA stool called Nils. In the store I was able to buy it without a cover and the price was $10 cheaper. Since I was making the cover, I was thrilled that I could get the stool alone.

Developing the rug hooking pattern

Drawing of Jaksin by Jacob SilerI started with this artwork from my grandson. He drew it about 8 years ago when Jackson was a puppy. I thought it would be perfect for the stool especially since I needed an animal pattern for Jayne’s class.

jaksin patternI worked up the footstool pattern (more info on that in a later post), lived with it for a few days, made adjustments and then transferred it to my prefered backing, rug warp using red dot.

Now I just needed a bunch of neutrals. I tucked in a few pieces of color. Luckily, Jayne did not restrict us to just neutrals and the class used a wide spectrum of colors, some quite vibrant.

Rug Hooking Progress

Day 1, about 2:00 in the afternoon

Day 1, about 2:00 in the afternoon

Jayne taught the first day the same way I do. She invited everyone to gather around while she worked through the rugs. I did not get much hooked because I wanted to see and hear what she said about everyone’s rugs.

Close up of rug hooking project at Sauder Village by Cindi Gay

Rug hooking project at Sauder Village, hooked by Cindi GayOn Wednesday I had a book signing for my books. I did not spend much time in class so here is the progress from Day 3. I tried a geometric pattern (see the final image) and flowers and chose the flowers. I winged it and sketched them lightly as I worked my way across the edge.

Day 4 rug hooking progress for rug hooked stool coverI finally know where the rug is going. I usually need about 25% of the rug hooked until I find my stride. Jayne suggested the lines in the background. After I had a piece of the border hooked, I was brain storming on how to meld the straight lines into the border. Jayne suggested a ray. I drew it on the pattern and it worked. Jack looks like Super Dog.

I’m skimming over the footstool pattern development for now. I’ll write more detail later. I want to be sure everything works before I describe what I did.

Did you attend Sauder Village? Leave your comments below


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