2010's first victim of 1)bad photography and 2)my first attempt for the year at dyeing my own fabric, Plum Street Samplers Garden of Eerie:
The fabric is supposed to be Lakeside Linens Vintage Sand Dune. I decided to attempt to dye my own fabric and please let us remember that I have very little experience in dyeing my own fabric, do not have a clue what I'm doing and am a fly by the seat of my pants kind of girl. I did not photograph the dye process because seriously is it really that interesting to see fabric in a pot of colored liquid?
I am happy with the color and the picture above is as close as I could come to an accurate representation.
I only had yellow RITS dye in powder form. I wasn't thinking and dumped the whole pack of powder in the trusty dye pot. So yeah, my white linen became a solid golden yellow. Whoops.
See mistake #1
I kept adding splashes of liquid Ritz dye in Tan which made it less yellow but kind of deepened the whole sand idea to more of a orangey brown sand. You know like a clay sand instead of a beachy sand. But the color is nice and warm and somewhere between light sand linen and tobacco linen.
Why is this the year of stitching dangerously? Because I plan to do more fabric dyeing. I'm going to throw caution to the wind and dye my little heart out. I hope to think it through a little better next time instead of just jumping off the dye pot cliff, but dyeing my own linen is going to be part of my 2010 stitching experience.
I'm also going to lighten up about switching fibers. As long as I have my trusty DMC color card I should be able to convert almost any thread in any design and I need to embrace that side of stitching. Use my creativity and make sure each design has a little bit of me in it.
Public Service Announcement
Attention All Cross Stitch Designers:
Be afraid, be very afraid.....but I love you all and thank you from the bottom of my heart for sharing your talent with me and all the other cross stitchers around the globe. I am so very sorry in advance if my artistic license(and I use that term very loosely) causes sales of your designs to plummet.
PS: I was not drinking and blogging but I was talking on the phone while blogging. And yes I was indeed horrified at all my typos and errors in the first posting of this blog entry. YIKES!