Thursday, March 11, 2010

Hand Dyed Ribbons and Random Sweetness

Hand Dyed Dove Grey Ribbons

It's been a quiet day. The birds are building their spring nests. The wrens have returned to the window sill where they nested last spring. Their song is a welcome change to the cold winter wind.
French Blue

My studio needs much attention but rather than clean and sort through more boxed treasures, I decided to dye some seam binding. the rayon ribbon takes color so nicely. I dyed a new batch of dove gray, which turns out a little different each time I make a new batch. I also primmed up some bright orange seam binding, and tried a new mix which turned out very "French" looking. i love them all! I may spend the rest of the day dyeing ribbons!

Prim Orange

Ruby Flanders

There's a small antique Whitman's chocolate tin sitting on my desk. it's full of antique photographs and snippets of ephemera. One of the photograph shows Ruby Flanders as a young girl dresses in fancy lace with her hair down. She's so beautiful. I thought I'd share her portrait with you today. Ruby is my husband's grandmother.


heathz80 said...

I love it!!

Kathy said...

Gorgeous colors....
and your random sweetness surely is sweet!
xoxo~Kathy @ Sweet Up-North Mornings...

Katsui Jewelry said...

Yummy yummy! I love to dye. I have been dying tablecloths for our retreats. I have a sinful amount! Better than redecorating every year, though!!!

When is Belle Dentelle going to open again? I need have the best!

Your biggest fan

Hope Malott said...

Thanks for all the cheers! Belledentelle is getting a makeover. The lace will be restocked this weekend. thanks for asking!

Christine Edwards said...

Beautiful colors...that orange is incredible. I don't know why I never thought about dyeing ribbons. Sound like an excellent afternoon project.