Saturday, May 12, 2012

having dyeing withdrawals...

i hadn't dyed any cloth since getting my new stove. it's been a few weeks and i was anxious to try a rusty grid that was sent to me by a blogging friend. so i just did one small piece. i left it in the water too long but still got a result i'm happy with. click on the images for close-ups of the cloth.

the grid markings just showed up on one side. the white lines are from the fabric tying the bundle.

i love the weave of this cloth. it's a silk/linen combination
also doing a bit of experimenting with embroidery...not quite there yet. this was inspired by one of Karen's posts here.


and you might remember Judes' Magic Feather Project. Jude is working on the first quilt and is now collecting stitched stones to "balance the lightness of the sky and feathers". if you would like to stitch a few stones, all the information is here. i mailed my stones this morning.

just stitched to a piece of paper for mailing
wishing you all a good weekend and a happy mother's day.

20 comments:

henrietta (aka ani aka zani) said...

I'm working on my stones today. Probably won't get them posted until Monday. I glad you have irregular stones. I was trying to get mine perfect and well - nothing perfect in life! the cloth has a lot of character - rich color and form. I tried dyeing a rusted saw blade without getting (again) perfect results but they still look wonderful. the stitching for karen is really fine - i can see you carrying this into some future garment. cheers to you this weekend. rain and coolish here. good day for quiet stitching and tea (if i ever get a rocking chair i'll really be in trouble!)

Martine said...

love your stones Deanna...........

Notjustnat said...

Deanna, this piece is so striking. I just love your embroidery - have a great day yourself - hugs Nat

Ms. said...

Grass doesn't have time to grow under your busy feet (and hands)--the stones are wonderful. What a great idea to stitch 'em to paper. The embroidery "portals" ar simply brilliant.

jude said...

love that honeycomb effect in the dyed piece.

Penny Berens said...

Dyeing is such an adventure isn't it.
Love the stones...thanks for telling me...I must have missed that post over at Jude's.

karen said...

love this post Deanna. The gridded dying is fabulous and your little wheels look great. I saw Jude's post on the stones and thought it was a fantastic idea, I love the softness of them

saskia said...

great rusty grid result

Nancy said...

I love the dye results! I have a found grid that I've been meaning to use. Mmmm....gotta do that! And your rainbow of rocks are delightful. Thank you for the link to Karen's beautiful piece (I'd missed it).
Have a great day today :)

Janet said...

Those stones are great - love the deep brown, color of the stones, and their natural shape. You are just too fast for words. The new dyed fabric is great!

Suzanna said...

I love that dyed fabric...I have to learn more and try it soon...the stones look great too...

handstories said...

your rainbow stones are nice & love the hexagrams on your cloth. & i've enjoyed the "Bird, Egg,..." book from the library, so much to see in it.

Sweetpea said...

DO YOU SLEEP????
Sorry, just had to ask...you may be the most productive I *know* as there never seems to be downtime over here ;>}}
What is your brown dye...walnuts? So rich!
Lovely bits n' pieces, Deanna, every bit of it.

Deb G said...

It's always so much fun to see what comes out of the dye pot...

ali said...

the rusted grid is wonderful--so many colors!

Rachel said...

Fascinating to see other people playing with Karen's ideas, and bringing their own design sensibility to it. Well done!

woman with wings said...

Deanna, the grid's pattern came through nicely, that is going to be a handy piece to have around for future dye-pots, I bet. I love your stones all ready to fly off to NY. And your embroidery reminds me that a hole in cloth can be beautified! It's wonderful. xo

blandina (aracne) said...

Deanna, coming back to your world of dyeing, embroiderying and quilting is like coming home.

underatopazsky said...

Thats such a fantastic depth of colour - you can't beat silk for dyeing on!

Doris said...

I´m always fascinated by your dying results. You really have the right touch for it.
your stones are beautiful, I´m still searching for the best fabric.

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