Saturday, October 26, 2013

more black bean dyeing and....

this second round of black bean dyeing turned out even more gray....but gray is good. i like the grays...
this time i kept adding new liquid every few hours from the black beans soaking. 2 jars had a copper pipe within and one piece of fabric was bundled with copper wire around it.  here is a picture showing the comparison from the first batch.

click on the images for close-ups.

not as obvious in this picture but the last batch (in the corner) had more blue and purple. the mottled effect on the one piece was created by stuffing the end of the cloth in a black pipe with a hole in it. i like the way that turned out.

i decided to cut up my 'magic diaries cloth' that i worked on in one of Jude Hill's classes and use a piece of it to cover a new journal. nothing to see yet within. i started it to record the constant inspirations that occur on a daily basis just so that i don't forget. the journal idea came from the book 'Refuse to Choose' which talks about people referred to as 'scanners' who are constantly inspired to try new things....sometimes more than they can handle. i am definitely a scanner. you can read more about the book here.

journal cover. hand dyed silk with embroidery. originally part of a large cloth with a 'time' theme.

i did pull out my Fun Times cloth and have been working on it this week. just touches here and there and made the final panel with a ruffle. still needs lots of embellishment before all the panels are stitched together. i am anxious to finish this one.

another ruffle and a couple of prairie points.

for those of you who like to try new knitting stitches, i tried this 'rank and file stitch' this week. real easy to do and gives an interesting effect. i didn't pick the best yarn to sample this so i added the picture and here is a video, if you want to try it. the link is here.

rank and file stitch

the weather has been absolutely beautiful this week. mild temperatures and very pleasant to be outdoors.
have a great week and check back tomorrow or the next day. i'm going to have a giveaway of the two bags i made from ties that i showed you last week. you can see them here.

11 comments:

Nancy said...

Always so good to see what you're up to! I love seeing the time warp cloth again. I always liked that beautiful center and trail-like, map-like stitches. How creative and brave to cut it up!

Jane Galley said...

You got some lovely effects with the bean dyeing this week,very soft and relaxing. I also see too many projects than I could ever do. I've been tidying up here, and sorting through things, and re-finding lost projects to do

Jeannie said...

I think black bean dyeing might be on the schedule this winter. By that comment you can tell I am a scanner. LOL! I like the idea of a journal to keep the ideas in. I make lists and then can never find them. You cloth really is lovely. I like gray and the mottled one is beautiful. Your fun times cloth is one of my favorites. Enjoy your time stitching. (The weather is supposed to turn more winterish here for 3 days, but I have loved the past week with moderate temps and tons of sunshine.) Wishing you a fabulous and creative week.

margaret said...

it is surprising how much the fabrics vary in colour, presume it is the different content in the fabrics that does this

Ms. said...

dear scanner
may you NEVER run out of inspiration~!
Here at dawn...a chill and the moon sliver above ancient hemlocks,,,

Mosaic Magpie said...

I agree with Nancy you were very brave to cut up that cloth, but what a fantastic journal cover it has made. Good for you, for having the courage to take scissors to it!
Scanners....sounds like me...and I like the term scanners...better than scattered which seems to describe my interests.
xo,
Deb

Deb G said...

Got an error message-hope this doesn't come twice. I'm going to be checking out that book! :)

Rachel said...

They aren't flat greys - they have subtlety and life, and give you scope for further activity.

Nat Palaskas said...

I love the result of your black bean dyed. I must try dyeing with silk next. I like the idea of journal to keep the record of daily inspirations. I have many of them lately! Hugs Nat

Judy said...

I didn't know there was a term describing my/our affliction....but scanner? Hmmmmmm! I've been thinking a lot lately about how subject I am to each and every new process that I read about! I barely start one thing and then I either go out and buy or purchase online, the goods necessary for another project. It is very disturbing to me....so perhaps I should read the book....or is that even more scanning????? LOL

xxoo

karen said...

I love everything you do...scanner or no scanner that is how you produce and create and you always create to perfection. Love the cloth from Jude's class....

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