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I'm still at it. Still dyeing background for the next rug. I'm using several values (and hues, actually) of dark purple, and here I am finishing one batch. This is actually the lightest purple I'll be using as background. A closer look is below:
I really have to be ready to do this--meaning, up for it. Here's a shot of the kitchen, the counter in between the stove & the sink with the dyeing process underway (my only area for food prep, so you can understand why it's completely covered up). The dyes are in their beakers, but I haven't added water yet:
Oh, for a dedicated dye kitchen. As you see, this creates an unbelievable mess. But the results are worth it.
I lived with this mess yesterday and today. In total I was able to get thirteen skeins dyed, completing two of the five dye-lots I need for the background. I am feeling accomplished and highly virtuous.
And if that wasn't enough, here's a shot of a guy who passed me on the street yesterday as I as out for a walk. Bear in mind that it's December 12th in the northeastern US, in a city where last year we had over 10 feet of snow. This guy was appropriately dressed for the weather yesterday. Very strange days indeed.
I'm a textile artist (traditional rug hooking, punch needle rug hooking, and other textile arts), a long-time meditator, a certified meditation teacher and coach, and focused on learning about the interplay of art, creativity, and mindfulness every day.
SITES TO WATCH:
Insight Meditation Society
Oxford Rug Hooking School
Zentangle: The Official Site
Green Mountain Rug Hooking
Massachusetts Tarot Society