I love color.
Whenever someone asks what my favorite color is, I’m at a loss.
I truly don’t know what to pick! ONE color? Impossible!
I love the color of the sunsets from my balcony when it’s blazing orange and gold.
I love the color of the sky and ocean when both are so blue you can barely see where one ends and the other begins.
I love the color of the grass, and the trees, when they are thick with green all around our yard!
I love the color of flowers…
SO many flowers…
TOO many to choose from!
I can not even choose one favorite flower, let alone a favorite color!
I just love ALL color. Mix up those colors, and I love them even more.
When I first began using dyed fabrics for our products, I only used fabrics that others had dyed. Those who were much more experienced at dyeing then I was. It gave me the options of lots of color, without having to do the dyeing myself. I didn’t know a whole lot about dyeing at all and wasn’t even going to try to pretend I did!
However, that became very costly. On top of the high cost of fabrics like bamboo velour, I was now paying more then two- four times the fabric cost, for the cost of having it dyed.
It really cut into the profit margins! I just couldn’t do it any longer. Plus, I was just DYING to learn how to properly DYE on my own.
All that color! All the ENDLESS possibilities!!!
I just couldn’t help myself any longer, ordered some professional grade dyes, and started having some fun!
Now, I can’t believe I ever paid someone else to do what has now become one of my favorite parts about the business!
At first, I just tipped my toes into the whole dyeing experience…
Trying out one color at a time. That didn’t last long though. Hee hee.
Soon I was experimenting with LOTS of color. Watching in amazement at how they all came together.
Watching how they mixed and mingled.
I developed some favorite color combinations.
*a small pillow I made, for me! Sometimes it’s good to pamper oneself too!
At first, I never wrote ANYTHING down, no recipes.
I wanted to just play, and have fun, and not be too serious about it all.
And it was fun, and I did play. I played A LOT!
And I learned a LOT!
I learned what I liked, and, what I didn’t like so much.
My ‘stash’ of dye colors began to grow… and grow…
My stash of fabric colors grew …
and continues to grow!
I’ve begun experimenting with other fabrics, like our dundies fabrics!
And finally, I’ve even began writing things down.
Once I got to a place where I realized that sure, it was a lot of fun to just play, but it wasn’t so much fun when I played and found something I really LOVED only to loose it, because I just couldn’t remember for the life of me what colors I had put into that particular concoction!
At times it almost made me want to cry!
*mystic gem colorway, the colorway that changed it all for me. The very first colorway I ever wrote down because I couldn’t bare to ever forget how it had been created.
And now, I realize I can write it all down, and still have LOTS of fun with it! I can write it all down, and mix it up just a tiny bit, to get TWO colorways I love from just a little bit of change.
Yet some times, I do find myself going back to having some fun and throwing a bunch of colors into the mix to see what turns up!
Dyeing for the business, has become great fun!