Hey. What's happening? Did you have a good weekend? Mine was fairly productive with labels and dyeing. I've decided that spending hours of my time on an extensive variety of labels is not smart. I should have learned by now, as with the tags, that some designs are much more popular while others have no orders at all. So I am limiting the choices. But which? My favorites are never the best sellers so I guess I should pick the opposite.
There were a few unframed samplers hidden in my house mess that I tried to use, and decided to dye. Yep. I thought I was done but I still have a few bottles of Rit so.....
This one was a strong yellow/gold so I tried the Pearl Gray on it which is in powder form. There is always one tiny speck that doesn't dissolve, usually red, and it ends up on the piece, never to be removed which is why I much prefer the liquid (not available here in the gray). It happened again but the speck is on the very edge and won't be seen. The gray and black dyes create a purplish reddish cast in the water when you only mix a small amount so why this gold piece became green is a mystery. That's why it is best to check a corner or small scrap first. The original dye in the linen could react differently???? I decided to drain the sink and try a little black which has a slightly different reddish cast than the gray (red and green = brown) hoping to remove the green. It worked. Beautiful natural brown color. Whew.
Notice the floss has toned down but hasn't really changed. Scary isn't it? Using such a small amount would not change the piece drastically, but you never know the outcome and you probably think I'm RECKLESS to be doing this to a finished piece.
Why, yes I am.
Did get a little stitching in and hope to continue this evening.
I always avoided road trips because of my neck condition and now, with the accident making it worse, I really want to get a brace for wearing in a car. Maybe that isn't necessary and it will never happen again, but am I willing to chance it? Only with linen baby!!
Added note....if you have tests done and don't hear from your doctor afterward, don't assume it's because they were fine. I insisted my husband call for his results and good thing we did. One doctor obviously never checked the report, the other never received it, and the numbers require attention.
Tomorrow will be 90 degrees and then drop to 60's by Friday. Mark is off this week and we have lots of things to do, but I will sit my butt on that swing tomorrow until it's as numb as my arm. I want to enjoy the atmospheric hot flash which will probably be the last one this year.
Thanks for visiting! Enjoy your day.