Friday, June 10, 2011

I Feel Like the Queen of Stupid!

(Inside before dyed)
I've got a few classes coming up and have been asked for samples to have available for the potential participants. Okay, I could do that...but why do I do what I know fails! ( by definition, in my book, stupid is doing the same thing over and over, expecting different results!) Again, I tried to put golden yellow and purple together in a felt bag.There is some silk on the surface that was golden, in hope of tying it all together....but it didn't work. The gold migrated through the purple, making it look dirty, dingy...yucky. This is not my first this doing this....and continue to try to make it work. It does not work for me. Perhaps someone else can make those two colors work together, but not me! So........

(Inside after dyeing)
As you've come to know about me if you are a regular reader, mistakes are an opportunity to try something the dye pot!

(bag before over dye)
So I took this purple/yellow bag and over dyed it in purple, the extracted color, then over dyed in multiple greens and teals, then removed more color. I like it so much better now. But what about you? Do you think I made a mistake over dyeing it.

I often make the inside of my bags lighter on the inside so that when I open them, I can see what is in side my bag.

(bag after over-dye)

This is the final end result on the over dye, un-dye and over dye of the bag. These colors appeal to me more than the gold and why not start out that way? Really, I am the queen on stupid.

I hope some one learns from my mistakes.

This is a portion of a scarf that I over dyed for a friend of mine. It had become muddy during her felting process by using colors that did not blend well together. She was about ready to throw it away. She in fact, gave it away to Jone, who gave it to me to "try to fix" it with the dye pot. She had used olive, gold, gray, some purples to make the nuno scarf....but it just did not look good color wise. The nuno itself was wonderfully done, beautifully executed. I pulled all of the colors out then over-dyed it with multiple greens. Now that it's been dyed in one of her favorite colors, I'll be gifting it back to her. Hopefully, she's going to fall in love with her own creation.

The heat has been terrible here for two days. Finally, some cool weather and rain today. I love rainy, cloudy days. Looks like tomorrow will be cloudy and overcast like today. Yes! the smell after a rainy time is simply wonderfully earthy. I love that smell! We have many ferns around our home and they seem to give off a strong fresh fragrance of 'clean' after rain.


Dream from your heart. Share what you have.
Live simply. Love deeply. Work with joy. Pray with love,
Thank God always.


WonderWhyGal said...

I love the over-dyed bag and scarf. The colors are so rich and full of depth.

Hooked On Felt said...

Oh Andrea, thank you so much for your kind words. When are we going to get together? We need a play date together!

cedar said...

I loved the emerald green one, the dye job gave it great depth, good technique.

Hooked On Felt said...

Thanks reassures me that I did the right thing. I sometimes think I should do all of my projects in white and then dye them afterward....sounds like a lot of work, but I do think about it!
Thanks again.

Suzanne said...

Hi Suzanne,

When I first started dyeing I got some really ugly pieces (at least I didn't like them) then I learned to keep going -- dye them again and sometimes they turned out to be the most beautiful complex pieces. I think that is what you got from this exercise. If you don't like it "keep going"!!! Your work is beautiful!!! Be kind to you!!!!

Hooked On Felt said...

Evelyn writes:
Loved the bag, sweetheart!

You aren't the "Queen of Stupid".
The answer is always "yes"! Looking forward to the discoveries you make as you continue pushing the boundaries. :o)

Love you!

Becky Utecht said...

You are definitely NOT the queen of stupid, your assessing what you had and adjusting your vision to make the most of it created a very stunning bag! The final colors are very rich and beautiful.
One question though, you mentioned that you removed color, how do you do that?

Hooked On Felt said...

Becky, in one of my previous posts I detailed how I learned to remove color. I am sure there are other ways, but I love this method...quick, easy!

Ginny Huber said...

Thanks for this posting..I'm aiming, as a new dyer, to "keep on going" when "odd" results turn least mostly! Your results are awesome..would love for you to give yourself a different title, though!

yvette said...

I absolutely love the color you achieved at last. But what do you mean with decoloring?

GalaFilc said...

Wow!!! super effect!!!

Charlotte Epley said...

Yes, I want the scarf back...
@Ginny, the scarf is the one I did in class.

The photos of the purse does NOT do it justice...The bag is really beautiful.

Loco Lindy said...

Overdyeing did wonders, beautiful! I had similar results with a bag once. Also went back and reworked a nuno project that I thought was a dud, just re-wet and did a LOT more rolling, love it now! Good lesson... keep on going!

Chrissieday said...

No never stupid obviously something deep within is making you keep doing it --to gain the answer,trust in yourself

Natalie said...

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superb colors - I mean the new ones - it became so much more ellegant and mysterious. great work

Malwina said...

super effect! e colors