Wordless Wednesday

February 3rd, 2016

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Shady Neutrals

February 2nd, 2016


This week we have left the world of bright happy colors and have gone to the dark side. I am loving these complex colors. The above colors are achieved by mixing complementary colors.


These shades of colors are achieved by adding varying amounts of black to the basic colors. The turquoise on the bottom has the most black added.

I still have to wash out an experiment I did with adding dye of another color to already dyed fabric.

I also got a better blue mixed up. The other one I had was not a primary color, it seemed to have some green in it.


I had a busy, busy week-end. On Saturday, I had a guild new member mingle in the morning and then out for dinner at friends that evening. On Sunday, we hosted a bit of house tour for some new people who have moved into a unit like ours and wanted to see how we had decorated. Then I had a Surface Design meeting in the afternoon.

I did something to my other knee and so I have been really hobbling around. I have a problem taking pain meds because they are upsetting my stomach and to tell you the truth, I am miserable most of the time. I am just glad I have something productive to do to take my mind off my misery, at least temporarily. I have a call in to the Dr., but I think today was his day off. As Mr C likes to say, every day, I am a day closer to getting my new knee.

More Dyeing Results

January 28th, 2016


I had great results on my re-dyeing session. I used less orange in the red and yellow orange and less black in the yellow green.


So here is my new run of colors. Wonderful addition to the gloomy, rainy days of winter here in Portland. It was pretty nice today, however.


I have been doing a lot of knitting as I limit my activity to keep from having too much knee pain. I have added my favorite chartreuse color to this Fuzzy Wuzzy cowl that I am knitting.


Wordless Wednesday

January 27th, 2016


My Dyed Colorwheel

January 26th, 2016


These are my color wheel fabrics so far. As I expected the really potent orange dye made all colors in which it was used look more orange. I want to get a real red, a better yellow green and yellow orange.

You can see that I dyed a lot of fabrics that turned orange in my attempt to get the right colors. Here are the other fabrics from yesterday’s run. More orange! And I love that green which is yellow with black. I wanted a lighter shade of that.


So, I went back to the studio today and dyed three more fabrics. Here they are, marinating in my warm studio. I will get them in the morning and wash, dry and iron them. I think I got what I was hoping for.


I am finding this method of having dye concentrate ready for mixing and dyeing is going to work well for me. You avoid the mess of starting with dye powder every time.

I had a good time yesterday spending time with my Condo Quilter’s group. We had lunch and shared our work and did some critiquing. Mr C had to drive me as I am finding it more and more difficult to walk very far. Our hostess drove me to my studio, where I rinsed out my dyes fabrics to take home and launder. Then, Mr C came and picked me up. I find myself having a meltdown most every day as I deal with the pain in my knee. I am feeling slower and less mobile and am gaining weight and feeling crappy too often. But, as Mr C says, each day, I am a day closer to getting a new knee.