You never run short of creative focal points! Yesterday was a dyeing day again and my friend Sherry came over to dye a few items. She brought me three–yes, three!–great little gifts.
Hand dyed wool for my new felting machine…
A cord with fancy Kumihimo braiding…
And she does dichroic glass work and had me choose a pendant from a whole box of absolutely gorgeous jewelry pieces!
My eyes must have been glowing with creative fire when I saw all these. I know I will be using them soon…in fact, I think I already know how I will use the braid and the pendant! The needle felting is still too new for me to be sure of that, but those experiments are coming!
Then we went back to dyeing. Seemed kind of mundane after the excitement of gifts, but when I saw the fabrics folded up and ready to dye, I got excited to see what fun effects we would end up creating. I’m still in love with the tray dyeing, but the other girls did some more deliberate folding and manipulating of the fabric. We had new colors to play with and it was another delightful dyeing day.
I never have been able to work well with gloves on…I end up with colored hands and fingernails that look like I have never washed!
Needless to say, I try to do my dyeing when there are no public appearances or nice dinners to go to! It goes away after a few days, but if I have a bunch of cleaning to do, this is always a good time to have my hands in soapy water!
In fact, I have fabrics to wash out right now. Better than scrubbing floors or dishes or bathrooms to get my clean hands! Can’t wait to see what results I get from my always spontaneous dye experiments! If it’s fantastic, you’ll see it right here. If it’s awful, it’ll be thrown in the basket for more experimentation. I’m always happy when that basket is empty!
The thought just ran through my brain…I know I always look at vendors who have hand-dyed fabrics in their booths. Is this something I should make a point to have available when I teach? If I do the beading classes with kits, should I try to feature hand-dyed fabrics? Or are there enough people doing their own hand-dyes that this would not be a big plus? I’m not terribly good at marketing, so I need to think things over for quite a while before I act. I’ll think while I wash fabrics!