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Monday, February 29, 2016

'Being Inspired' ~ Bold and Vibrant ..

Hello my dear friends,

these past few days I have been busy working on one of the elements for my newest creation.

 My 'Being Inspired' project needed some little flowers and I decided to make them myself, instead of  buying them. I had this lovely off-white cotton yarn which I had bought at a church sale some years ago and it was perfect for what I needed it for. Since I love to crochet, I chose to make my little modest violet. After a little while there were about 80 of them laying on the table in front of me. (I think, I got a little carried away once I started.)

They were very lovely but in need of color, something a little dyeing would soon have fixed. I say this so often ... you know, the thing about me and colors and that we don't mix very often but once in a blue moon I will just pick a color and work with it. The very first time I dyed my crochet violets, I used raspberry tea but after a while the color faded. The second time I used Easter egg coloring but that is always a hit and miss with how it might dry. Some times it would dry purple but other times it would turn out pink or blue or all three of them together. This time I decided to use rite fabric dye and it proved to be the right way to go. 

 I was 'brave' and went all out with color ... vibrant and bold!
 It almost felt like my little flowers came alive (figuratively speaking) ~ take a look!

Here the are before their bath of color ...

... and here they are in the new 'dress' ... just love them!

And since I had the fabric dye ready in a bowl, I didn't want to waste it.
Remember waste not, want not! I went on the search of what else I could dye purple and of course one of my favorite things came to mind ... drop cloth, it was a simple must for me. The other thing that was a must for this color bath was seam binding.

Everything just took to the lovely color and each item took to it differently.
The drop cloth was a lighter shade of lilac, where the crochet blossoms and seam binding turned out to be a more vibrant and bold purple. (My fingers ended up being a in between color but they didn't look as pretty as everything else.)

The next step was to make my little violets 'grow' ...

... and I did.

 I made them grow on thin stems of old wire and I am so pleased how they now look.
I have some more to do and then I can start working on the next element to this creation which will be some little leaves for my small blossoms but that will be for another post.

Thank you for stopping by today and visiting me here at Todolwen. Do stop by again if you have a few spare moments and see what else I might just have to share.

I hope you are well and life is treating you kind. 

Have a peaceful and creative day.


  1. How pretty your wee violets are. I look forward to seeing the finished project.

  2. Ahhhh... love this color very much!

    Hugs Ines♥

  3. The violets are superb - I must learn to crochet properly. You are an inspiration! Thank you.

  4. The violets are superb - I must learn to crochet properly. You are an inspiration! Thank you.

  5. How pretty you have made those little violets. Look forward to seeing how you use them.

  6. Pretty violets, they looks so fine.

  7. Your little violets did look so pretty in white, but the purple really did make them come to life. Curiosity abounds to see what you will do with them!

  8. I'm a real purple person...and your little violets came out just perfect. Love all the other things your dyed as well. (Aren't you supposed to wear rubber gloves??)

  9. Violets are a favorite of mine...looking forward to seeing how this all turns out.

  10. I wish my mother was still alive so that she could see these. Her favorite flower!!!!!!!!!!!


  11. Hi Karen! I LOVE your violets! Beautiful! The color is fabulous too!

  12. QUe bonitas quedan esas violetas de ganchillo!!!

  13. Finding the right shade of purple is hard but I think you hit the nail on the head. These are so pretty.