The creative and spiritual journey of a (textile) recycler. . .

I have thought about starting a blog for a long time now. I just couldn’t seem to get started. I thought. . what would I say, what would I do and really . . . . . who would care.

Last year I had the great fortune to witness a ‘happening’. As a spouse at a reunion (I know, groan) I was both an observer and participant. This reunion was attended by some of the most creative and talented people on the face of the planet. Really, no exaggeration! But many were holding onto life long insecurities. They didn’t think they were talented enough and embarrassed to perform in front of each other for fear of . . who knows . . . finger pointing, whispers, laughter, ridicule of some sort for sure. Once it was revealed that many shared the same feelings, the healing began. And I was the lucky one. I got to witness it all and benefit as well.

So, the message is that we all think we are not good enough compared to someone else, but we are. Don’t let your fears and insecurities stop you. We can’t measure our own success by someone else’s talents.

This revelation and the kindness / support of strangers has propelled my creative journey to a place I had given up ever getting to. Tho I thought my creative juices were dried up forever, they have merely been reawakened. Many thanks to all involved in my process, including in-part . . Victoria B, Mrs. W., Charles Mc., Claudia H, Mary B, Cindy G, Sandy B, Traci B., Kat C, and my IAA family. So, thank you. I dedicate this blog to all of you!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Dye, dye, fabric dye - part 2

Here are part of the results from the very impromptu dye day a few days ago. (the balance are still in the dryer) Keep in mind, I did everything wrong. I did not use enough dye, batch it long enough or hot enough and oh yah, they were all dyed in the same bucket at the same time, one piece on top of the other, but I can't tell you in what order.

Starting from the top down:

1/ This fabric is all poly, a type of waffle pattern & dyed solid light blue, no mottling

2/ This fabric has slubby linen feel but has poly in it & dyed a nice solid mauve color

3/ This fabric is cotton with linen feel & dyed a nice mottled combination of blues, mauves, & green

4/ This fabric is poly but looks like polished cotton & dyed mostly blue with some pink mottling

5/ This fabric is cotton, somewhat gauzy & dyed blue, mauve

6/ These are 2 small pieces of fabric that feels like drapery sheers & dyed and interesting mottled brown color

7/ This fabric is linen & dyed a mottled combination of purples & blues with a touch of green

8/ This fabric is cotton & dyed mottled shades of orange, pink, mauve, browns and some black veining

The photos of individual pieces below are in the same order as the descriptions above:

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