Yesterday I spent part of the day dyeing yarn. The skein on the left in the photo above is the yarn I was aiming to match. The skein on the right is what I got. Not even close! But a lovely failure all the same; I'll certainly use it in the future in some project. So what happened? I knew before I did this that my chances were poor for producing a match by using the same recipe. Why? Read on.
I knew when I tried this that my chances of success were low. I don't strictly have to match the original yarn, because I still have enough of it to finish the rug; I just wanted the challenge.
What I learned: 1) I really love the yarn that I ended up with. Love the color. So it's an elegant failure in my book, and one I am happy to have. 2) I need to do a lot more experimenting, and that's going to be fun, fun, fun.
Now, if only I can apply this in the rest of my life. Take more risks, learn more from and enjoy my elegant failures. And learn just as much from the inelegant ones!
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