Almost finished hooking

I had hoped to finish hooking Matrix Zippers last night, but I ran out of steam. I had to cut more wool and that took longer to do than I realized it would. (I can only cut 2 strips at a time )…..but it is nearly done….just part of one zipper, and the ‘half zipper at the end ‘ to go. 

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Today I have been once more having fun with the dye pot.  When I was at R.U.G. a couple of weeks ago, I picked up a camel hair coat that had been taken apart and over dyed grey.

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I didn’t have any specific use for it in mind, but it was beautiful wool, very reasonable, and I knew it would eventually come in handy.

I’ve been trying to anticipate what wool I’d need while at Trent, and realized I’ll need a very dark outlining colour. I cut some of the camel hair in a 4 cut, and it cuts beautifully…so I set out to over dye some of it darker.  I was surprised at how unstable that grey dye was….when I soaked it….the water was black!

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Actually rather than black to outline with, I want a very dark red…so I tried 1/4 tsp mahogany in 1 CBW, and added the grey wool and vinegar.

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It wasn’t nearly as dark as I wanted it…so I over dyed that with 1/4 tsp navy in 1 CBW. 

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It really is lovely…a rich navy/purple. …just not the colour I need for this project. (it’s actually MUCH darker than the picture shows)

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(I was being reckless since I had lots of the wool) I tried again with a different piece of grey. This time I used 1/4 tsp mahogany in 1CBW and 1/4 tsp black in 1 CBW….but I only added 1/2 cup of the black solution to the pot. 

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Finally…I think this will do the trick! (again…the reality is much darker than the picture)

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The results on the line..( you can see here how dark they really are).I’ll have to bring them in before Ray starts the fire in the wood barbeque…finally a beautiful day and…..yummy hamburgers for dinner.

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