Paint Brush Dyeing with Faith Webster

Here are written notes on the process Faith presented on. We are pulling together a video of the lesson (sorry taking longer than planned).

Faith Webster presented a fun program at the May meeting, Paint Brush Dyeing.  Here are her notes for those who were unable to attend and want to try this at home, or even if you were present but want notes for future reference:
For all of you who wish to dye with paint brushes at home:
  1. Summer is a good time, do it outside.
  2. For each color, use 1/4 tsp dye in 1 cup boiling water.  Stir well.  I use Cushing dyes.  We used Crimson, Pink, Sky Blue, Buttercup Yellow and Apricot.  Peach would be good as well, but you really only need 3 colors to do a good sky – look at sky photos or the real thing and decide.  Add a dollop of vinegar to each dye container.
  3. If you have old canning jars, they work well.  They will also have covers if you want to keep unused dye for a while.  Plastic is OK as well but use those for hot beverages.  Be sure to label – dyes look a lot alike when they are mixed.
  4. When you paint brush dye at home, use a cookie sheet (as large as possible), cover it with tin foil and leave enough extra to cover your wool after you are finished.  Keep the wool as flat as possible.
  5. When you have achieved perfection, cover the whole thing with the excess tin foil, add about 1/2 to 1 cup water with 1/4 cup of vinegar and bake at 200 degrees for about 20 min.  You may not have enough water in your pan when you are finished dyeing, so check.  The idea is not to let it dry out in the oven.
Rinse and dry.  Voila – sky – or whatever.
P.S.  Mimi found that she could have used an artist’s brush which is stiffer, for vertical lines while doing her northern lights.  Make note of any other variations you may experience.
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The Maine Tin Pedlar Chapter of ATHA (Association of Traditional Hooking Artists) shares a common purpose of promoting the art of rug hooking through education, sharing of ideas and group activities.
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