Wednesday, 14 August 2019

An Exercise in Colour

An Exercise in Colour

It is always interesting to see how different material and colours look when hooked or prodded into a rug.  A piece of material with a big ugly pattern and brash colours can often turn into the most perfect piece of fabric once it is  cut and worked into a foundation, the big pattern and colours are reduced to tiny dots!
Here is an exercise that will help you to understand the colours and material once reduced. 
Choose a design and draw it on to 4 separate pieces of   Hessian about 12”x12” each. ( you are going to hook 4 samples so you probably don’t want to make them too large). If you have enjoyed the exercise you can repeat by prodding 4 samples)

Now choose four different materials in a selection of lights, mediums and dark
Primary colours eg. Red, Blue and Yellow
Monochromatic eg. One colour from very light to very dark

You are ready to  hook No 1 with Tweed,  2 with Pastels,  3 with primary and 4 in monochromatic this will give you 4 sample pieces you can refer back to. Keep a sample of materials  and attach to the hooking and prodding or label and keep in a safe place.

Toffee for the Rug Makers

In the North of England, around Durham, when rug making sessions were being arranged and the frame was set up the rug maker whose room was being used was expected to provide toffee for everyone to enjoy while working.  This recipe from the north is for the next session around the frame.
Ingredients:                                                                                                                                        1lb of granulated sugar                                                                                                           1lb of black treacle                                                                                                                           1oz of butter                                                                                                                         Dessertspoonful of vinegar

Method. Put the sugar, treacle and butter into a strong saucepan and allow to melt very slowly.  Stir until boiling and test by dropping a little into a cup of cold water.  It is crisps it is ready.  Remove from the heat and stir in the vinegar.  Pour into a buttered shallow tin. When cool, mark into square and break up. Simple and delicious!  

Taming wild colours

Taming wild colours

Recycling material gives great satisfaction but sometimes colours we have in our stash are wild,  garish and totally unsuitable for the most colourful hooker! 

Over dyeing with a complementary colour  is the answer to taming these wild pieces. 

Complementary colours are colours that are directly opposite each other on the colour wheel. A Colour wheel is a useful item to have.
Red and Green        Blue and Orange          Yellow and Purple

Eg. To tame  Red add a few drops of Green dye and to tame Green add Red dye. You only need to add a few drops of dye so go carefully you can always add a bit more.
More Dye Recipes
Here are some easy dye recipes to create a good selection of colours. These recipes are made using the primary colours red, blue and yellow.  Measure dye into a jug add a little boiling water to the dye, mix well and top up to 1 cup or 240 ml with cold water.

¼ tsp Red and ¼ tsp Yellow

¼ tsp Blue and ¼ tsp Yellow

¼ tsp Blue and ¼ tsp Red

Rose Red
¼ tsp Red    1/32 Yellow   1/128 Blue

Bright Blue
½ Blue  1/8 Red

¼ Yellow 1/32 Blue

1/8 Blue  1/16 Red  1/128 Yellow