These are the two piles of wool which were the subject of the first two pots.
This is the recipe using Cushing Acid Dye:
1/2 t. Copenhagen Blue
1/4 t. Khaki Drab
1/4 t. Chartreuse
in 1 cup boiling water.
From my previous notes on the piece I was trying to duplicate I'd written that I used 8 tablespoons with half yard of wool. So decided to start out with 3 T. in one pot and 2 T. in the other pot of wool. When the water got clear it wasn't dark enough for my liking so I added 1 T. at a time until one pot had 5T. and the other had 4T.
Knowing that there was still about 6 tablespoons left of the dye quickly got more wool, put in a fast soak (I doubt the core was completely saturated tho) and did a 3rd pot.
This is a picture of what I sent to Robin to ask if any of these is what she was looking for and her reply was the middle one.... that's the one which I am trying to reproduce.
Now, here's the results of the 3 pots of wool. I'm sure you'll be able to identify which pieces have the 4, 5 or 6 tablespoons of dye in the pot as it will be increasingly darker. Since the base wool has grey in it already that lends itself to produce the color I wanted. And for comparison, you can see what I'd have gotten with a white wool without the grey. This first picture was taken without a flash AND, the bottom right piece is the piece of wool I was trying to reproduce and is the one pictured in the middle in the above photo.
The picture below was taken with a flash. Isn't my Magdalena dog rug cute as the dickens?? I'm enjoying looking at it on my harvest table.
I've started a new rug and am thinking that I'll cut and mix this color in for the background. Or at least that is what I'm thinking. I was going to do a primitive black but since I've this new wool maybe I'll use that instead.