Saturday, October 5, 2013

the first sign of Fall...

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this was the only leaf lying on the ground. all the leaves on the Chinese Tallow tree are still green and in tact. the first one to fall...

such an unusual configuration of color
i did finish the small silk piece that i've been showing you. i'm now working on the edge...some crocheted dangly bits. hope they will be finished by my next post.

15" x 15" habotai silk squares with an embroidered cotton backing
another idea for a toggle and some ball buttons...

did some weaving on the back threads of the label and added some hand dyed silk edges

2 more ball buttons for my fun time cloth...with piping this time
i watched a very interesting video this week on the history of knitting in the UK. thought you might enjoy it. you will find it here. for some reason, it starts near the end, so just move the bar all the way to the beginning. it is worth watching the whole thing.

i did promise you another knitting sample. this one is for double knitting. the pattern shows up on both sides so it's a double thickness. there is no wrong side. and you will find the tutorial videos for double knitting here.

double knitting...i drew a graph for a checkerboard pattern

i'm doing black bean dyeing today so hope i can show you some results next time. the beans soaked for 24 hours and the liquid has been drained off. i'm getting ready to mordant the fabric with alum and cream of tartar and then into the dye bath.


the temperature has started to cool down so the days are much more comfortable. hope you are all having a great weekend.
blogger is not cooperating today so some words and images might be oddly placed.

14 comments:

Ms. said...

The placement is PERFECT and every item is a gem! You are having a very beautiful beginning of Fall there.

Dianne said...

I love reading about all your dyeing experiments. Very interesting.

margaret said...

looking forward to seeing the fabric dyed with the black beans, and your silk piece is coming along well.Double sided knitting, that is a new one to me, however I am not a knitter, my hands swell and hurt badly but can still crochet and needle tat.

blandina said...

What a great idea weaving on the back of the label! I didn't know that you can use black beans for dyeing, I am curious about the results.

Jane Galley said...

The silk piece is coming along beautifully, I'm looking forward to seeing the edging. Hope you have another productive week, I shall enjoy seeing the results of the dyeing

karen said...

Deanna, you always have so many interesting projects on the go.....your posts are crammed. It's lovely to visit, never fails to cheer me.

Rachel said...

The layout looks fine to me!. It's unseasonably warm here today, but I'm so happy to see the sun again I wouldn't mind if it were ten degrees hotter still!

Anita said...

cute toggle! Your silk piece is coming along so well,it must have been quiet a task to keep all the pleats in place while finishing...it looks so neat.Looking forward to see your bean dyed fabric.

FredaB said...

The colour of that leaf is just beautiful. I can imagine seeing the whole tree when all the leaves turn. Must be gorgeous.

handstories said...

again, I'm fascinated by your toggles! Very cool idea to weave the back. I'm black bean dying for the first time today....we'll see...Glad you're getting some weather relief.

Nat Palaskas said...

That leaf is interesting. Did you keep it for ecoprint? I would love to learn to double knit and knit that scarf Els knitted from Loani's pattern. Good luck with black bean dye. I had good result with it - Hugs Nat

neki desu said...

what a great link! thanks for sharing.curious to see how the bean dye turns out. and as ever your work is beautiful and inspiring.

Peggy said...

The label toggle is fantastic. Wow. I would've never thought of doing that in a million years. I learn so much here. Thanks for the video links, too, there are so many wonderful things to learn. Will watch for your black bean dye outcome!

Deb G said...

Watched the first few minutes of the documentary. I'm going to go back and watch the rest later. Looks really good. Hope the black bean dyeing is going well.

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