It's been a long six weeks of
cutting hands and leaves.
I am relieved to know the
Heart'n Hands is retired
Mamie, Matilda and Dee
have arrived in
Mamie and Dee
are the exact
same patterns but the colours
of pennies, the thread,
the base shade and fabric
give a totally different look.
Mamie and Dee are
set out with a 2 inch penny.
Matilda has the same shades
as Mamie but using a
one and one half inch
I won't go into details of the kits as
they are well described in my Etsy Shop Listings
These rugs were stitched back in 2009
and I thought it would be fun to
bring a limited number back
as kits along with a few
of this past years
shown below as I ramble on
about my 'failures' with the
I've never offered the bags of pennies
in three sizes...above is just one
example of the type of rug that
could be stitched with the
Winter Blues bag of pennies.
A large rug requires the 2-inch penny
I will not be offering the aged
dyed string any time soon.
It's been many years of dyeing the string
It came out perfect.. many of you have
used my string in kits .
I just cannot seem to get a good
batch from the dye pot.
My last three times were complete
The string for the Salmon Kit
The string for a few of the Marriage Rugs
now listed in my shop
Of course when I brought back a few
Christmas Stocking Kits
I needed to dye string.
I dyed as always.. spotted..
some areas dark, some the dye
completely did not take in the string.
What to do..I could not just
discard all of those hanks of string.
I could not overdye again
as they would be almost
dark brown and black.
The dyed needed to be
the sink was filled with
very hot water and ...
an overnight soak and
rinse, rinse, rinse,
and back in the dye pot.
Still not a uniform dye job.. so
back in the oxy and the
bit about the rinse again..
Back in the dye pot and
yes, this time it worked!!!
I have not a clue what I am
doing wrong but whatever
is wrong is very time-consuming!
The close up above is of the Dee Rug
Notice the smaller penny
bottom left.. a shade somewhat
as thousand island dressing.
This is the shading the
oxyclean will give
why I am not sure.. it does not
remove colour to the original shade.
The amount of colour removed
depends on how long it is
soaked in the water and crystals.
and this is the interesting part..
Oxyclean also works on wool!!!
It does not affect the strength of
the wool .. we always think
of bleach as a test for wool.
The oxy just slightly removes
and dulls the colours of the wool.
I have soaked ready made rugs in
Just be sure to rinse well and
wash with a mild detergent.
When time permits I need to
further with the
wool and oxyclean.
I can see many possibilities!
The photo above shows a few of the vintage cottons
I will use in the Dee Rug Kit
I know I actually 'shout to you' in the listing
but I should say again.
Please do not order this kit if you do not
enjoy working with very worn and thin textiles
and frayed pennies.
If you have a tub of the oxclean
and scraps of dyed
wool.. give it a try..
watch the soak time by watching
the colour change and rinse
as soon as it looks good.
oh.. those pretty white dye pots..
fill with water
heat as normal and add
a bit of oxy..
My last kit this fall will probably be the
log cabin quilt kits.
They require a lot of dyed blanket
wool in many shades..
Thank you all for reading my ramblings
As always kits are very limited..
Wishing all a very relaxing and enjoyable fall weekend