This pattern is 19" x 35" and was created by Jane McGown Flynn. I came across a color plan for this rug by Peggy Hannum in the McGown Newsletter of May 2001. Peggy completed this mat in 2000. I've never begun a rug with a formal color plan, and certainly not one completely planned by another artist. I usually start a project with a few colors that I like and believe will work in the design. I color plan as I go along. So this is a new challenge for me. This color plan calls for dyeing 6 and 8 value swatches and spot-dyes.
The first step was to find the formulas Peggy listed in her article. Some books I found on Ebay and some on Amazon. Two of the recipes came from Jane Elliot's Color Flow books. I could not find these as they were out of print. I contacted the Dorr Mill Store, and they were very helpful. I was able to buy copies. (Great store with such an accommodating staff!)
The wool pieces were soaked in water with a little Dawn detergent. I then dyed each piece in it's own pot, so that I could keep the wool moving in the water and get very even color. (Time consuming though, as I have only 3 dye pots) Each swatch simmered in the pot for an hour.
Now.... let's see if I can keep to the plan......