Today I am finishing off the yellow golds in Formation of New Formulae. However I am wondering if the formula for greeny gold is wrong. It looks very green to me. We will see what it dries like. Sometimes the wet and dry colour is considerably different.
Today, while steaming over the dye pot, I have been musing about all the different instructions I have been given for dyeing. I have heard comments like…”It needs to steam for at least an hour”, “It needs to sit in the dye pot overnight to soak up all the dye”… I have contemplated a lot of this and realize there are so many variables to dyeing there really are no hard and fast rules. You have to consider the type and brand of dye, the type and amount of mordant (what sets the colour), the type of the water used (some people only use bottled water), and the type of fabric (the type of fibre, weave, and weight of the fabric).
Ever since I decided I wanted to sell my work at some point I have been picky about fibre, colour, and dyeing. I use only Majic Carpet acid dyes for a reason. I dye in the kitchen where I cook food. I do not want toxic dyes in there. Majic Carpet dyes have a WHMIS rating of 0. Majic Carpet dyes also have the permanence I am looking for. I have been using them for almost 20 years now. I have had no problems with permanence.
Usual precautions with rugs apply as for all fibre arts. You do not hang them in direct sunlight. If you must clean them you brush them with a bristle brush. You do not submerge them in water for long periods of time with harsh detergents.
The best time to clean a floor rug is in winter, when there is snow on the ground. I take the rug out, turn it upside down on fresh clean snow, and beat the back of it with a corn broom. The dirt transfers to the snow and the rug is ready to take inside to dry before putting on the floor again.
My rugs are intended to be hung as wall art. Cleaning is best done by dusting on a regular basis.