Saturday, April 26, 2014

I'd say it was a success....

that is, the dyeing in a jar with a copper pipe. Here are the results.
click on the images for close-ups...

the white trailing lines in the center are from the copper wire I used to wrap the bundle.

those fine lines throughout are from the slivers of steel wool spread over the cloth.

love this area

I used the same liquid that is now totally black from all the iron in the steel wool and prepared a bundle with rose petals, and rose leaves and  lilies and amaryllis flowers and coleus from the freezer. I used a linen/silk cloth this time. I added the turmeric and steel wool bits once again. I'll show you the results next time.




I did some more stitching on the blue gingham travel/sewing pillow and hope to have it finished by next week.

close-up of some of the stitching

this section has a strip of hand dyed wool for needles and pins.

I've been enjoying being out in the backyard during the early morning hours. Some of the garden seeds are coming up but are not doing as well as I expected. I fear it will soon be too hot out there. We went from some very cold mornings to very hot days. Spring seems to get shorter each year.

just a small 4x4 garden area. It's the only spot where I get 6-8 hours of sun.
Wishing you all a good weekend wherever you may be.

16 comments:

Debbie said...

Beautiful results, I love the fine lines from the steel wool, I never would have thought of adding that.

karen said...

I always love the results of your dying projects Deanna, such beautiful surfaces emerge. I also love the little bundles, all safely wrapped and bound....

jude said...

nice results! the garden here is barely there yet.

Rachel said...

Is the copper there as a mordant to alter the colour or is it purely a fixative? Or something else?

Nancy said...

Yes...a huge success!! The dye results are gorgeous. I love the little blue piece and how you've combined so many different elements...the cheery gingham, cross stitch, some wool and beautiful stitching! Your yard looks so peaceful. I imagine it would be nice to be out there in the spring warmth :)

deemallon said...

I love your results! organic and mysterious looking

handstories said...

Wow! Looks like views of the universe.

Anita said...

oh! love the dyed fabric.I would also love to hear your reply for Rachel's query please.your blue pillow is coming along beautifully.

margaret said...

your dyeing has worked so well, love the mottled style effect it has. pillow looks wonderful

MulticoloredPieces said...

Hi, Deanna. Smashing results with the copper. Wow! very dramatic. Your backyard is also lovely--I know what you mean about heat, which is why I mostly do succulents.
best, nadia

Deb G said...

Turned out beautifully! Need to get some bundles done today. Maybe some blackberry leaves 'cause that's what I have to pull out of the garden today...

Mosaic Magpie said...

The area of the cloth that you like, seems to have many faces hidden in it and I see a grand caterpillar too! That is what is grand about dyeing all the unexpected images that appear. Your garden area is the perfect size in my opinion. I have all these grand ideas for the garden in the spring and want it bigger and bigger....but come fall I am tired of messing with it all. Your garden is big enough to grow fun things, but not too overwhelming.
The blue pillow is looking great love the chicken scratch stitching you added to the gingham.
xo,
Deb

Louise Elsiemayandbertha said...

I love seeing the results of your experiments. You have so much talent when it comes to things like that. I just don't have the patience to do something like that. I bet you'd be able to sell some of it if you make lots.

You've done some lovely work on your pillow too. I can't wait to see it finished♡

Nat Palaskas said...

You've got a great result from jar dyeing. Steel wood gives great effects on silk! I have never used ground turmeric, it's a good idea! Hugs
Nat

Jillayne said...

I love that cloth Deanna - your dyeing experiments are so cool - it's a real concoction it seems!

Janie said...

What an interesting experiment. Who would think of that?
Your back yard garden is lovely.
I'm waiting for two of my amaryllis buds to open, one pink one white.

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