Paivatar Acid Dyes

Sorry – but these dyes are not available at this time.
I have been using acid dyes for many years to dye wool, silk and other protein fibres. I used to use the CIBA brand of acid dyes but I can no longer find them. So I went on a search for other acid dyes that work in a similar fashion. After much trial and error, I have located a range of dyes that I am happy with.
These dyes are an industrial strength acid dye that has low environmental impact.
The dyes come in a powder form and can be an irritant to your nose and throat as they are a very fine powder. So I find it best to mix the dye into a stock solution when you first purchase them. This is easily done by making the dye into a paste with cold water, and then adding 1 litre (or quart) of water. The dye stock must be heated to +80 degrees C to dissolve the dye. Once the dye is dissolved, pour the stock solution into a Mason or Kilner jar and it is ready to use. The dye stock will safely last for 6-12 months. I have some dye stock that has lasted me +2 years.

To use the dye, add some vinegar or citric acid to your dye pot filled with water. I always use a pH tester to check the acidity of the dyebath. These dyes work best when the pH is between 3-4. A lower pH can cause the wool to become harsh, much the same as a high pH can do to wool.

To dye a strong colour, I add a tablespoon of dye stock to the dyebath, mix the solution and heat the dyebath to +60 degrees C and add wetted wool or silk. It is best if the yarn has been thoroughly soaked in water first, in order to get an even colour. For stronger colour, add more dye. To get lighter shades add less dye.
In order to mix colours, you can add one or more of the dye stock colours to the dyepot. You will need to experiment to see what colours you can create.

I don’t like to waste dyes so I never throw out the dye solutions but reuse them until all of the dye has exhausted and the water is clear. If you can’t complete all your dye work on the same day, the dyes can be kept and reused for several days. Sometimes a bit of mould may develop on top of the dye solution. This is caused by the vinegar that has been added to the dye solution. You can safely wipe this off with a paper towel and continue using the dye solution until exhausted.

If you need to dispose of the dyes, it is best to pour them into the sewage system where the dye is removed by adsorption onto the activated sludge at the local treatment plant and so does not enter the environment.

I now have these dyes available for sale as a dye kit. The kit will include 10 grams of each dye colour. This is sufficient dye to make 1 litre of each dye in a 1% dye stock solution.
The colours included in the dye kit are the 3 prime colours (Magenta, Cyan, Yellow) and 2 Worker colours that enable you to make different shades of red and blue more easily.

Magenta – Rhodamine Acid Red 52
Cyan – Acid Green 25
Yellow – Tartrazine E102
Worker Red – Acid Red 57
Worker Blue – Acid Blue 62

Total Price per dye kit: £35.00
plus shipping

Please contact me if you would like more information.

I have MSDS sheets available on request.

Felt Journal Covers

These hand made notebook and journal covers have been hand felted using pure merino wool and silk.
All of the journal covers can be easily cleaned. The felt cover can be hand washed in cool water. Roll the felted journal cover in a towel to remove the excess water and lay flat to dry.

Please note: These items have been discontinued from my current product range. Please contact me if you would like to make a special order.

A6 Felted Journal Covers

Included is a hard cover A6 notebook consisting of:
96 sheets ( 192 pages)
Feint ruled
Size: A6

A6 Felted Journal Cover
A6 Felted Journal Cover
A6 Green Felted Journal Cover on Etsy

A6 Felted Journal Cover Sami Rock Art Bird
A6 Felted Journal Cover Sami Rock Art Bird
A6 Felted Notebook Cover: Saami Rock Art Bird on Folksy

A6 Notebook Cover Reindeer
A6 Notebook Cover Saami Rock Art Design: Reindeer
A6 Felt Journal Cover Sami Rock Art Reindeer

A5 Felted Journal Covers

Included is a hard cover A5 notebook consisting of:
80 sheets ( 160 pages)
80 gsm paper
Feint ruled
Size: A5 148mm x 210mm

A5 Felted Notebook Cover Purple Rose
A5 Felted Notebook Cover Purple Rose
A5 Felt Journal Cover Purple Rose on Etsy

A5 Journal Cover Sami Laavu
A5 Journal Cover Sami Laavu
A5 Felted Journal Cover Sami Rock Art Design: Laavu on Etsy

2016 Diary Felt Covers

Included is a hard cover A5 2016 One Week to View Diary
Size: A5 148mm x 210mm

A5 2016 Diary Cover Sun and Moon
A5 2016 Diary Cover Sun and Moon
A5 2016 Felted Diary Cover Saami Rock Art Design Sun and Moon

How to Warp a Beaivi Loom Workshop

This workshop will teach you how to warp and weave pickup designs on a Beaivi Double hole rigid heddle loom. You will learn how to warp the loom using a warping board. We will use 9 pattern threads and you will learn how to weave pickup with a selection of different braid weaving patterns.

Beaivi Loom Warp
Beaivi Loom Warp

A double hole rigid heddle is similar to the standard weaving reeds that have one set of holes and one set of slots. These carry the ground weave of the band. A second set of holes has been added above the first set of holes. The top row of holes carry the warp pattern threads and are usually a thicker weight of yarn and are a contrasting colour.
As you weave the band, the pattern threads are lifted to the surface of the band or dropped to run below the surface, creating the patterns. The pattern will be in reverse on the back side of the braid. This technique is similar to the Finnish style of Finnweave or double weave pickup.

How to Warp a Beaivi Double Hole Rigid Heddle
Course Length: 6 hours
Time: 10 am to 4 pm
Coffee, tea and refreshments will be provided. Please bring along a packed lunch. If you already own a Beaivi loom or other double hole heddle, please bring that along. For those who don’t yet own one, a Beaivi loom will be provided for the course.

Course Fee: £125.00
Materials Fee: £5.00

Please contact me for further information or if you would like to register for a course.
The Materials fee covers the cost of the yarns required for the workshop. You may purchase a Beaivi rigid heddle if you wish, at the end of the workshop.

All of the workshops are provided in my home studio. I keep the class sizes small so that I can provide individual instruction.

Saami Band Weaving Workshops

Beginner Saami Pickup Band Weaving Learn the basics of how to weave pickup using a Beaivi double hole rigid heddle loom.
Warp a Beaivi Loom Workshop Learn how to warp a Beaivi loom and how to weave pickup patterns.

Hand Spinning Workshops
Felt Making Workshops

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Contact Info:
Paivi Suomi
22 Ferry Drive
West Sussex UK
PO19 8GJ
Mobile: 075 4027 7705

Linen Cushions

I love to make smaller felted art pieces. What better way to display them than on a natural linen pillow cover.

Each cushion has been sewn using fine quality European natural linen fabrics. The pillows are decorated with original felted art. The cushion has a zipper enclosure on the back.

Please look for some of my felt and linen cushion covers in my Etsy or Folksy shops.

Waterlily and Natural Linen Pillow Cover
Waterlily and Natural Linen Pillow Cover

Felted Iris and Natural Linen Pillow Cover
Felted Iris and Natural Linen Pillow Cover

Felted Ball Cat Toys

Please note: Due to a change in product focus, I am not currently making felted products. Please contact me if you have any questions.

This is a set of hand felted cat ball toys. The felted cat toys have been made using a wet felting method with hand dyed pure merino wool. The felt balls are made the old fashioned way, using ordinary soap, water and a wash board. The wool is shaped into a ball, then rolled by hand, dipping in hot and cold water, and then hard felted by rubbing on a washboard.

Musti - Felted Cat Toys
Musti – Felted Cat Toys

The production of each cat toy is carefully hand rolled under the watchful eye of my Quality Control Officer – Musti the Cat.

Cats are naturally attracted to the scent of wool and natural lanolin. You can roll the ball in a bit of catnip to give your cat a bit of extra pleasure.
If you would like the felted balls to be infused with catnip, please let me know and I can make a special order for you.
The felted cat balls are shipped in a small mesh gift bag, ready to give to someone as a special gift.

Felted Ball Cat Toys with Bell

This set of 2 Musticat wool felted balls are about 2 inch width in size. and have a small bell inside. As each cat ball is individually made, every one is unique and may be a slightly different colour than shown.
Price: £9.50

Twizzle Snake Cat Toys

These unique felted twizzle snake cat toys will be sure to give your pet hours of fun. Of course, my cat Musti has tested these cat toys and gives her seal of approval.

Musti-Twizzle Snake
Musti-Twizzle Snake

The felted cat toy has been made by wrapping hand dyed merino wool around a pipe cleaner and then wet felted until the surface is hard creating a durable pet toy.

The twizzle snakes come in a set of 2 and are packaged in a mesh gift bag ready to be given to a special friend.

Cats are naturally attracted to the scent of wool and natural lanolin. You can roll the wool cat toy in a bit of catnip to give your cat a bit of extra pleasure.

If you would like the twizzle snake cat toys to be infused with catnip, or would like some in a different colour, please let me know and I can make a special order for you.

Felted Twizzle Snake Cat Toys

Price: £9.50
Shipping and Handling: £1.50

Felted Cat Cave

A hand felted cat pod or bed. A perfect hideaway for your cat.
This felted bowl has been wet felted using hand dyed pure merino wool in shades of blue and decorated with 3 felted black cat motifs. All cat beds have been product tested by my cat Musti.

Felted Cat Pod
Felted Cat Pod

This cat cave can be ordered in a variety of sizes.
Small: 16 inch width
Medium: 18 inch
Large: 20 inch
X-Large: 22 inch

The cat pod can also be personalized with your pet’s name felted onto it.

The MustiKat felted cat bed can be kept clean by regular vacuuming. It can be gently washed in your kitchen sink using a small amount of dish detergent and cool water. Roll the felted cat cave in a large towel to squeeze out the excess water. Then reshape it into a bowl and stuff with plastic bags. Let air dry.

If you would like to order a similar cat bed in a different colour or size, please let me know.
Please allow 1-2 weeks for completion of a custom order.

Hand Felted Cat Caves

Price: £75.00
Shipping and Handling: £5.00