Last week I gave old cloth new life. Like the generations of women who came before me, I turned scraps into something vibrant and fresh. It was an effort to de-stress through trying something new. To live in a moment of cloth and dye, color and contrast, while the world went on around me. An effort to chip away at the thoughts that build up on my mind some days like frosted glass making it hard to see outside of myself. You know—all trees, no forest. So a simple act, a simple project, seemed like the right way to spend nap time. Like cooking, watching something be transformed under your hand can pull you into the moment and remind you just how nice the right now really is.
I have mentioned here before that I do not have a green thumb (as much as I have tried) and I also do not have a touch for making things look very neat no matter how hard I try, so when deciding to do a craft project I always go for a rustic look. The uneven edge of a dip-dyed piece of cloth lends itself perfectly to hiding imperfections. To get the general idea I watched a few YouTube vids (well, one actually) and decided to just wing it. There was nothing to lose really, but a scrap piece of cloth I got for free and a $2 box of dye. Even though I took a rather casual approach to this project, I was still surprised that they turned out differently than I expected and were a sort of tie-dye/dip-dye combination. I am happy with them. It was a nice 45 minutes of zen to break up all the business that so often makes the most noise in our day-to-day lives. Here is how I did my peaceful little project: