Thanks for all the comments on Beach Blue. It is still unresolved for me, but I received many ideas. I will try something, but not sure what just yet.
Since yesterday was another 100 degree day. Instead of solving unresolved art issues, I decided to dye some more fabrics. This time I was going for more earthy colors (my favorite). These are also "muddier" because I started with an unbleached fabric so it was not a white base. I like them this way. I know some people prefer them more vibrant.
I also decided to try to dye some cotton yarn as well. I found some plain, white cotton yarn on a cone at the thrift store and also bought some white chenille yarn at the yarn store. Below they are drying on the fence. I haven't washed them out yet because I don't think doing it in the washing machine would be a good idea!