Saturday, June 22, 2013

more hand dyeing and....

 gardening, dyeing and stitching took up most of my time this week. had to pull out my lemon cucumber plants. they never did flower and all the leaves started turning yellow. i think i planted them too late and given the temps in the high 90s every day, they didn't have a chance. but there are lots of orange and yellow cosmos blooming so those flowers and some roses that were purchased from the supermarket are what i used for this weeks bundles.
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roses and cosmos
and the flowers bundled in silk around a copper pipe and a tin can
i'll show the results next weekend.
here are the results of the bundle i showed you last time. it was a cotton slip from long, long ago that was white when it started out. it will be stitched and embellished at some point in the future.

cosmos and roses around a tin can

i love the mustard color that developed on the neck lace
and i decided to try and start a mango tree...just for fun. getting the seed out of its shell was not easy. wrapped it in a wet paper towel and put it in a plastic bag with some air blown in. it is now on the windowsill and hopefully in a couple of weeks the roots and leaves will appear so i can plant it in soil. can't remember where i read those instructions.

the shell looks like a little boat doesn't it....hmmmm

a little green house
and some stitching, of course, inspired this week by Karen Ruane's class Simply Stitch.

not a great picture but you get the idea...

 have a great week and for those battling floods, i'm thinking of you and hoping you are all safe.




17 comments:

blandina said...

I dyed with some red roses this morning, hopefully some of the red color will cling to the silk.
Dyeing is a magic process, I feel like witch, don't you?

Rachel said...

A productive week, then!

Sweetpea said...

What a week ... you make me tired!
;>]]

I've sown seed for Cosmos sulphureus myself this season. First time ever trying it as dye material so I'll look forward to your post about it & some pikies. Thanks, Deanna, always fun to stop 'round here.

Els said...

Love the colours of those flower petals ..... if the colours on cloth would be that bright too ... ;-)
Have a good weekend Deanna

kaiteM said...

I find avocadoes shoot just by putting them in a pot with enough soil to keep them moist and dark. They have also sprouted just in the compost bin.
Do you have frosts in your area? they will grow almost anywhere but will only set fruit in a frost free area.

Nancy said...

Can't wait to see the results of your summer dyeing!

Nat Palaskas said...

Love the results of your dye. You will create some great stitching on that smock! Growing mango, how interesting. I want to grow it too. I will try it next summer - have a good weekend. It's super moon tonight - hugs Nat

handstories said...

OH...Is that slip gorgeous! Somewhere I have an old yellowing cotton slip that my great grandmother made. I hope I can find it to try for this. Beautiful petal photo, too.

Jane Galley said...

How long do you leave your 'parcels' before opening them up? It's really interesting how the different parts of the slip have taken the colour.
Have fun with your embroidery, there have been some lovely work done by the group

Sara Crittenden Coppedge said...

It all looks great! I love the slip. I planted some Cosmos seed and the plants are finally getting tall. So far, the deer have not eaten them--knock on wood. I always seem to have good results dyeing with roses. I save the petals from the supermarket ones in the freezer. Great stitching. Aren't we having fun!

liniecat said...

fab result on that slip!I hadn't heard about the plastic bag idea to encourage roots on a mango stone...guess the humidity would benefit it though.

Lis Harwood said...

Your dyeing is a lovely way to rejuvenate that slip, such a lovely idea. The stitching you do will make it even more interesting.

Mo Crow said...

You are so king to your mango seed! I would never have bothered taking the shell off as the seed will sprout easily in the compost heap through that fibrous protective shell here but then again we don't get any frost and have a very humid summer climate which you don't have in Texas.
Love the photo of the rose and cosmos petals and the slip is lovely!

Deb G said...

I need to plant my lemon cucumbers again. The nasturium seems to have swallowed it whole. And in this climate I can, might even do better. I have a tin can in eucalyptus right now. Should start another bundle. :)

deemallon said...

ooh, I love that slip, too! will you stitch on it at some point?

karen said...

you fit so much into your weeks Deanna, I always adore the colours you achieve through dying and I am hoping so much that your mango tree grows...

MulticoloredPieces said...

Hi, Deanna. Splendid stitching and the dyeing results on the cotton slip are beautiful. I'm wondering about durability of color...will this stand up to machine washing? I'm so tempted to ding around with the eco-dyeing, but, not if it fades out rapidly....
best, nadia

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