Moving on

Life is looking up this week. I no longer sound like a frog. I can get out of my chair without a great struggle and the temperature is actually on the positive side of the zero for the first time in weeks. To make things even better I had some great success with the dye pots this week AND my bead loom arrived in the mail. I am a happy camper =D

When getting this last dye batch together I was having such a difficult time coming up with a color combination. Iwas getting ready to dye the largest amount of material at one time that I have ever done. When you are staring at several hundreds of dollars of gorgeous white fabric it takes courage to start dumping dyes in that pot. I mulled for days over what to do and finally I picked this palette:

I was a little worried about the combination because I knew I would get greens in the mix with the yellow and blue tones being present but in the end I decided I didn't care. I also knew that the blues would not be as deep unless I wanted to use a different dye. Silks can be quite picky with certain colors especially blacks and darker blues. So I threw caution to the wind and mixed up my giant dye batch.

The results in my mind were glorious! Does it exactly match the palette I picked? No, but it has the spirit of it and that's what I was going for.

The velvet of course is much deeper and way vibrant and usually I enjoy that more but the softer touch is what appeals to me in this batch, though I love them all. I adore the silk gauze and habotai. The ribbons are just luscious! I am quite thrilled with this one and I can't wait for my next batch.

My second highlight of the week was receiving my bead loom and I love it! I looked at them long and hard before I bought one and decided before hand that I wanted a wood one. This one is perfect for me. Although I may make some more side bars that are longer if I want to do bigger pieces.

I set to work right away making up a pattern and this is what has come of it so far. I wasnt sure if I would like doing loom beading but I love it. It is another way to satisfy my urge to create with patterns and color and it is not a great strain on my eyes. I find myself more and more treating my eyes gently. I think the eye problems of the last year scared me more than I wanted to admit at first. I am trying to find ways of expressing myself creatively without the great eye strain I was putting myself through. This looks like it might be a good one!
Hope you have all had a wonderful creative week and have a peaceful and renewing weekend!
9 comments on "Moving on"
  1. Hi Dianne love your dyed fabrics, they're awesome !
    chris richards


  2. The velvet is just ... I'm speechless. So wonderful. Glad to hear about the beading. There are so many ways to be creative; I'm sure you can find more techniques that will allow you to produce beautiful things and yet not strain your eyes.

  3. Hi Diane, just stopping by to say how delightful your blog is. Thanks so much for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris

  4. Looooooove that velvet!!

    Such gorgeous colours.....I could think of a few things to make with a piece of that!

    Glad you're feeling better....and it was a pleasure to include you in the Leibster posting over at mine :-)

  5. The dyed silk fabric is exactly what I've been trying to recreate after seeing a re-vintaged watercoloresque tie dye silk slip at What Goes Around in LA. Do you have any advice for dying a silk slip? If you don't mind me asking-- How did you do it? I was considering using RIT dye and sponging (or paint brushing) on the dye. Any help would be greatly appreciated, as I can't afford their $$$ version :)

  6. I would not recommend sponging for this effect and I wouldn't recommend RIT dye either. I use procion dyes and I used quite a few of them for this project. I am not sure you could even come close using RIT dyes. Since I was shooting for some specific colors my formulas are kinda tricky. Some using 3 or four dyes for one color. The method I used would also be difficult to recreate with one slip and impossible with rit dyes as rit dyes require you to heat the cloth. My dyes are cold process. I would recommend you buy a small dye kit of Procion MX dyes. dharma trading has great prices. I would then lightly scrunch the slip into a small container. You want it to fluff up at least an inch or so. Then add your dyes in a random pattern keeping the patches somewhat small. dont saturates it too much as it will well in the bottom. I would even consider scrunching another fabric underneath to prevent muddy colors n the bottomside. Good luck!

  7. Thank you for the great advice! I am so glad I found your blog via a google search :) I will let you know how it turns out when I find a slip to dye.