Saturday, June 8, 2013

dyeing results, yard work and a bit of stitching...

here are the results of the dye bundle i showed you last week with the rose petals, rose leaves and cosmos. i wish it would have held onto the beautiful red/purple color but it did fade in the washing. just a bit of it remains. maybe i should have treated it with vinegar before washing...not really sure.
click on the images for closeups.





after washing it did lose a lot of the pink/red from the roses but still a good result.

i spent a considerable amount of time in the yard laying weed block in preparation for adding pebbles. just completed one section to determine how many bags i'll need. will have to get someone to deliver it because i need close to 20 bags...and they are heavy.

the pebbles in the afternoon sun

this dead tree stump wouldn't hold the planters anymore so i planted right into the stump.

and i did manage to get in some stitching this week. this is some hand dyed silk damask lining  that i cut into strips and did a weaving. this will be added to the piece i showed you last time here.

wish you could feel it. it is wonderfully soft.
 the weather has gotten very summer-like even though it is still officially spring. high 80s and 90s every day with very little rain. keeping the yard green is a challenge with only one watering day a week.


23 comments:

Ms. said...

I LOVE your dye bundle results...and I know what you mean about the purple *pansies?--Maybe you could use eco pounding with those after the fact...that might work. I posted today about a total failure of pounding and mentioned that you guided me to my next attempt, for which I await more summer blooms. It's still mild here comparatively, and I know the heat is on the way. Just adore your weaving--did you use the machine there?...and the flowers directly into the stump--super Nice!

deanna7trees said...

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The final result was very nice but the pink would have been good. Did you iron it and leave a few days to set?

I love pebbles too and have quite a few areas around the garden which are pebbled. Can you get them delivered in bulk rather than in bags? I always find them cheaper that way.

Jane Galley said...

It's just lovely to see those bundles of fabric as they're unwrapped, and then to see the final result. The suspense of not knowing what it will be like until it's all done makes it all so special.
I love wooden stumps like that, with plants growing from them

Susan Hemann said...

Love the results of your dye bundle even if the reds faded. There are companies that deliver stones in bulk. Some garden centers do or they may know someone who does.
Your stump reminds me of the book The Giving Tree.
Just received a book about gardening in Austin, since I will be moving there next summer.

saskia said...

such beautiful images, I too love the dye results, they look like life-under-water, soft and undulating; the weaving looks Soft and undulating as well, beautifully subtle shades; and what a grand idea for the plants: into the stumps, we have pollarded willows in these parts and they have an abundance of other plants growing on/in them, such a wonderful symbiosis

Sara Crittenden Coppedge said...

I love everything--especially the dyed pieces. They are perfect--fresh or faded.

Tammie Lee said...

those purples are pretty. Salt or vinegar, i do not know, but there might be some way of holding on to the colors. i think it is also nice faded. love your stitching as well!

enjoy your pebbles, the shadows are lovely.

Louise (Elsie May and Bertha) said...

Your dyed fabric is lovely and unique. I've not done any dye work myself but have bought items from people who do and it's lovely knowing no-one else can have it. Your woven piece is great too.
Have a lovely week.

Nancy said...

I think your dye results are beautiful, although I do see what you mean about the pink. Just different looks, both nice.
Planting the stump...smile!
I especially love how you've outlined each woven square. I will try to remember this idea, as I really like it.
A nice week, yes?!!

Mo Crow said...

the weaving is lovely, look forward to seeing it integrated into the Not a Vessel cloth
& re those pebbles I would get the 20 bags delivered & ask the nice delivery man to drop them in situ! rather than bulk delivery it's easier to move them around in bags as shoveling rocks is a bit too hard at this stage of the game!

Nat Palaskas said...

I saw your new post flashing by at the weekend, but didn't have a chance to read it. Wow the eco-dye result is stunning. Rose leaves always leaves perfect imprints. I also like the stitching piece you did too - enjoy the rest of your weekend - hugs Nat

neki desu said...

wonderful results!
i'm thinking that maybe if you spray generous amounts of alum water and leave it for some daysto cure and then wash.....maybe you don't lose colors

Lis Harwood said...

The dyeing is great but I adore the planted tree stump, what a super and effective idea.

Deb G said...

I need to remember to try some rose leaves! Beautiful even with the color faded.

karen said...

I understand why you would have preferred to hang on to those gorgeous shades in the cloth but having said that you still have an exquisite and unique piece of cloth, it's beautiful....as is the weaving. That piece is stunning.

Peggy said...

Oh dear, only one watering day? Can you hand water? We are down to two days with hand watering allowed. I love your pebbles, have been wanting some alongside the house because then I could hear the wonderful crunching sound if anyone walks through there! Love the stump planter, love the weaving and the dyeing, love everything here.

handstories said...

your stump! great idea. love the lines in the top right of your cloth- your dyeing results always turn out beautiful. good luck w/watering- it seems to be such a struggle for your part of the world every year, we're spoiled here.

Morna Crites-Moore * Wicked Waif said...

Wow, Deanna! So many beautiful things happening. I am going to go read your former post about the dye bundle, to learn how you prepped the cloth.

I love your weaving ... truly beautiful in all its variations on a fairly narrow colorway ... the colors of the cloth itself as well as the lights and shadows afforded by the texture of the hills and valleys in the weaving ... sublime.

xo

deemallon said...

the shadows on the pebbles are lovely... glad you will have some help with the hauling!

the dye results make me swoon, as does your woven stitchery... can't wait to see more!

yvette said...

love everything in the post and comments!
have a nice weekend
love

underatopazsky said...

That purple is amazing but isn't it always the way - the nicest colours always seem to be the fugitive ones. :os The yellow/orange patches are pretty stunning though.

blandina said...

Ah, your dyeing is fantastic, I love the various patterns: the stripes of the tin, the lines of the string, the shapes of flowers and leaves...And some colour here and there. You are the Dye Pot Fairy!

Jillayne said...

I wish I could touch that one too! It looks so wonderfully soft, and the stitching.
I know very, very little about dyeing cloth - do you use dyes as well as the flower petals and various cans or pipes? I don't need another hobby (I keep telling myself!!) but the cloth you create is irresistible...

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