From that, I realized I needed something rosy, tan, green, lavender and pinkish-purple. I started out with Pro-Chem WashFast Acid dyes and mixed up 1/4 tsp in 1 cup boiling water of each: Pink Sand (509), Mauve (313), Lobster Bisque (339), and Lavender (812).
I scrunched up the wool and then sprinkled out with tablespoon rows of each color, starting with Pink Sand and ending with a row of Lavender. I smooshed it with a potato masher to spread the colors and then picked through the wool looking for any areas left undyed, adding dye as necessary.
|Rows of color I put down -- before tweaking -- Doesn't look like Hydrangeas does it?|
Again, I felt it was missing something, so I put spoonfuls of each color randomly around pan, smashing with masher again to spread color. Again feeling it was missing something, I spooned randomly a bit of very weak solution of Cushing's Forest Green I had left over from a previous rug. It was getting close, but still missing something.
One of my daughters examined the pot and my photo and said -- blue. She was right. I rummaged around in my box and came up with only one pot of blue dye, Brilliant Blue (490). I thinned it way down and then very carefully added a few spoonfuls here and there until it pleased my eye. I liked it so well, I scrunched everything to one side and then, threw in a couple more quarter yards of natural wool and dyed more purple/blue right alongside what was simmering.
Unfortunately, this is very much how I end up dying for my rugs. I dye like I'm making a pot of spaghetti sauce--I start with a basic recipe and then add bits of this and that until I am happy with the results. The unfortunate part is that it is difficult to replicate. I figure with the Hydrangeas that shouldn't be a problem. At least with the bread crumbs of knowledge I have stored here on this blog I might come close.