beautiful, isn't it? what amazes me is that in this photograph, taken out in the full noonday sun, it appears emerald green. but later in the day, the ribbon (wonderful stuff - antique french silk ribbon, once cream) takes on the true color i intended, which is a smokey, beautiful dusk-time blue, the color of the smoky mountains in the early evening after the sun has set behind them and the mist begins to rise.
i had a good time with this dyeing, as you can see. i'm no pro, believe me, and certainly not one to plan ahead - so off to town and walmart i dashed, to see if i could drum up a couple of rit colors for the particular shade of blue i wanted from their color chart online. fat chance. going for their version of teal blue, which called for "evening blue" tossed in with "kelly green", i took my chances with royal blue combined with a pinch of dark green and yellow. not bad, i think - and i was happy enough with what was swirling around in the pot on the stove that i grabbed some vintage doilies that my friend kim cataldo had lovingly sent from her grandmother's stash and dunked them in as well (her grandmother would be horrified, i'm sure). what surprised me was the difference in color between the two doilies here: one is decidedly a truer blue, and the other? a softer celadon green. both are that lovely old vintage cotton, and both were left in for about the same length of time. serendipity, and chance - thank goodness i wasn't planning on them matching. what also amazes me is how different this ribbon looks in varying light; one moment it is green, and the next it is blue. which is perfect, really, because the antique book cover i'm using has marbled swirls of teal or blue or green colors, depending on how faded it is, and again, on how the light hits it as well. success!
i decided to place the doily (looking ever so blue in this photo) squarely in the inside back cover of the book, just so. it seemed to beg for that, and the circular center also called for a message about the collection contained within the book. this collection will continue to grow - i remain optimistic here - and the beautiful smoky mountain ribbon will be tied and untied and tied again by varying hands for many years to come.