I have now done another seven or eight batches of dye samples, producing some GLORIOUS colors.Â Here is some of the eye candy:
Believe it or not, I am rapidly nearing the end of the 400 skeins I had wound originally!Â Fortunately, I already sent off enough yarn to make another 500 skeins or so, and they should be coming back this week.Â Ginny is also doing a yeoman’s job of winding the skeins onto bobbins, so I’m feeling pretty good about the samples I’m making.
Later, once I have the bobbins back, I intend to study them and try to correlate the results I’m seeing with principles of color mixing, to see if I can predict the result of mixing colors A and B.Â Karren Brito (in her book Shibori) has a very intriguing passage on the Munsell color system and how she uses it in mixing dyes; I want to mess around with it and see if I can figure out how to mix a given color reliably.Â I will probably never have to do color-matching, but if I want a lovely bottle green, I’d like to know how to mix it up instead of having to dye a thousand-color palette to find it.
And, the bookmark factory is humming along.Â Here we are at the 20-bookmark point:
To make things neater, I pull one warp thread right to either side of an eternity knot, which marks the line for cutting later.Â Then I fuse the coat fabric to the dress fabric using Heat n Bond Ultra Hold, a strong fusible adhesive.Â This stiffens the fabric some, but as it’s a bookmark, that’s not a problem.Â After it’s fused, I then cut carefully along the lines of the pulled threads, and cut the bookmark “head” and “tail”.Â It takes some time, but it’s still a lot quicker than trying to sew them all myself!
Mike and I have finally settled the wedding details that were stressing me out: the ceremony structure and our honeymoon location.Â We now know which friends we will be asking to speak at our wedding – and, weÂ will be honeymooning in…drum roll please….VANCOUVER!
Now I just have to figure out some cool places to visit in Vancouver…if you have an idea, please email me or leave a comment, I’d love to know!