I really wish that the mail ran today. Well, Happy Martin Luther King Jr. day everyone. So, I am awaiting 4 packages in the mail... I really dislike the waiting for mail thing. Most of the items I am waiting for are coming from the United Kingdom, and I know the whole overseas thing takes a while so I'm not holding my breath on those, trying not anyway. I mean we are talking about 3 tatting books and two shuttles from Jane... so it's kind of hard not to be a little excited. :o) The other though is a cone of size 40 from Handy Hands. That should be here tomorrow. So excited!
And speaking of the cone from Handy Hands...
The dyes I had been working with were from Dharma Trading. I think I am going to stick with them. I went to a local art store and got some new procion dyes by Jacquard there and so far have been not happy with them. It may be that I tried black, and just was not happy with it. Also, I bought a jar of "chocolate brown" which when I mixed it up... is black with a purple tint. The powder itself is brown though. I get it though. I can understand how brown would be a hard color to obtain. THEN the "hot pink" I got was more baby pinkish... and at higher concentrations was red.
My dyes that I have from Dharma are wonderful though. The give nice bright colors. I currently only have three: Fuschia red, robins egg blue, and citrus yellow... but with those I can get all kinds of colors.
I guess it's really one of those things that just takes a lot of trial and error, ya know?
ALSO! Something I think is kind of funny. Sometimes I'll have an idea for something to dye... and when I'm actually dyeing it looks awful. But when I go back and wash of the excess and dry it... the colors kind of grow on me and I like it more than something that I thought was brilliantly spectacular when I was dyeing. Go figure. Life is funny that way.
As far as tatting goes... I've got a couple of big projects going on and once I'm finished I'll have pics. :o)