OVER-DYEING for Beautiful Hooked Rugs

by Joan Moshimer


It is important in these days of climbing prices to use every scrap of wool cloth we have. No matter how awful or brilliant the colors are, they can be rescued easily by over-dyeing. If the wool is a rather loose weave, the immersing in a dye bath will also have the effect of shrinking it and making it more suitable for our purposes.

Over-dyeing is a wonderful way to LEARN color and how one color affects another. Then there is the thrill of discovery when an “ugly duckling” purple turns out to be a rich plum, or a brilliant kelly green becomes soft olive.

Dyeing can be done OVER colors without first removing the original color. This original color will have the effect on your final result.

Remember that the darker the original color is, the stronger your dye bath should be, and if the original color is a pale, shade, then the weaker the dye bath can be.

Dyeing over YELLOW wool
With green gives you yellow-green
With blue gives you green
With purple gives you gray
With red gives you orange
With brown gives you golden brown

Dyeing over GREEN wool
With blue gives you aqua
With purple gives you grayed brown
With red gives you gray*
With brown gives you olive green
With yellow gives you yellow-green

Dyeing over TURQUIOSE or AQUA wool
With blue gives you blue-green
With purple gives you grayed blue
With red gives you grayed red or grayed blue-green*
With brown gives you grayed brown
With yellow gives you green

Dyeing over PURPLE wool
With red gives you wine
With brown gives you off-black
With yellow gives you gray
With green gives you grayed brown
With blue gives you plum

Dyeing over ORANGE wool
With yellow gives you golden yellow
With green gives you grayed brown
With blue gives you gray*
With purple gives you brown
With red gives you tangerine

Dyeing over BROWN wool
With yellow gives you golden brown
With green gives you olive green
With blue gives you gray*
With purple gives you purplish brown
With red gives you red brown

Dyeing over BLUE wool
With red gives you purple
With brown gives you grayed brown or blue*
With yellow gives you green
With purple gives you plum
With green gives you aqua

Dyeing over RED wool
With brown gives you dull orange red
With yellow gives you orange
With green gives you gray*
With blue gives you purple
With purple gives you wine


*Off-Black will result with strong dye over dark shades of wool.

Published by W. Cushing & Co.

Kennebunkport, ME 04046 copyright 2002 ~ all rights reserved

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