Tuesday, August 12, 2014

A rerun

This week is pretty much about the same as last week, but the bathroom is done!!! and I love it. On Friday we had a paintstik play day in Studio B, unfortunately I didn't get pictures, again. I did take some pictures of a thrift store find that Thea shared. A bag full of hand embroidered blocks from early in the 1900's. They came with the story that they were done by a teenager in a tuberculosis hospital.

There were a lot of them, all different, all snowflake patterns and Thea is trying to decide what to do with them.

The Weekly Leaf

This weeks leaf was done with textile paint on a gelli plate, covered with part of a large stencil.

Week #32

Daily Stitching updates

Line Dance #218-#224

The Daily Paper #146-#152

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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Time just slips by

I can always tell when I need to do a blog post because my little pile of daily stitching pieces become more than a few. My weekly and daily stitching is just about all I have to show for the past eight days, but I have been playing with some new designs so I'll show you some paper that's on my work table.

The Weekly Leaf

I used soy wax and cleanser with bleach to do this weeks leaf.
Soy wax stamped on hand dyed fabric with a tjap.

Cleanser with bleach brushed over the fabric.

Fabric is then rinsed well and soaked in Bleach stop.

Then rinsed and washed in very hot water to get the wax out.

Week #31

I ended up using the reverse side of the fabric.

Daily Stitching updates

Line dance #210-#217

The Daily Paper #138-#145

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Monday, July 28, 2014

Experiments with Solar Fast

I spent the majority of my weekend painting the bathroom remodel. I wanted to get it done before the vanities, mirrors, toilet and closet were put in because I didn't want to have to paint around everything. The project is getting very close to done, we do have to get the plumber to come back to do the final installs and hook ups.

I knew my past week would be busy so I planned ahead and did some experimenting with Jacquard's Solar Fast. Solar fast works with the sun to give a negative print. The solar fast is painted onto fabric, an image or in my case leaves are placed on the wet fabric and it is placed in the sun for about twelve minutes. Solar fast comes in fourteen different colors, I used avocado and I painted it on muslin and two different hand dyed fabrics.

From the left is a strawberry leaf on muslin, a grape leaf on a pale gold hand dyed and a drawing of a leaf on a transparency sheet on muslin.

This is Honeysuckle on a green hand dye.

This is how they looked after twelve minutes in the sun and a good rinse to get out any excess Solar fast.

The top left is the one done with a drawing on a transparency sheet, it's the only one I'm not real happy with, but I now know that If I'm going to use a drawing it should be done with broader darker lines. The dark spots on the grape leaf are where there were holes in the leaf, I almost wish I'd used one with more holes.

The Weekly Leaf #30

I chose the grape leaf to work with, the others may get used in the future.

Daily Stitching updates

Line Dance #206-#209

Eleven rows of Line Dance

The Daily Paper #134-#137

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Thursday, July 24, 2014


Stitching is about the only thing I've got to show this week.  I've had a full week that has included picking blackberries from a boat, then freezing most of the  three gallons of berries, lunching with friends, listening to a very noisy tile saw cutting tile to fit in the bathroom remodel, and spending a few hours teaching some other friends about paintstiks.

The Weekly Leaf

This week I used an old thermofax screen of a large maple leaf, as you can see below the screen is very stained, but it still works well.

The screen is larger than my square so only part of it was printed using Jacquard textile paint on hand dyed fabric.

Week #29

The color is off in my photos of the finished piece.

Daily Stitching updates.

Line Dance #200-#205

The Daily Paper #128-#133

Seven rows done, twelve more to go.

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Friday, July 18, 2014

Monthly stitching project

The first three months of the year I did a monthly stitching project I called "Mom and Me, using some of my Mom's hand embroidered and crochet pieces. I stopped after three months because I pretty much lost interest. I'm glad I did them but I've decided that I really don't need to continue. In April I started a new monthly stitching project that I'm enjoying. I plan on doing at least sixteen of these. Each one is either black linen with white stitching or white linen with black stitching and has an off center circle. I'm very enamored with the work of Andy Goldsworthy, particularly his void series. These are my version, there are no stitches in the circle, it's just a void.




These are each 8"x8", wrapped around a 1 1/2" canvas. I will do 8 different patterns and then do the reverse of each one so that I will end up with 8 pairs.

Daily Stitching updates

Line Dance #195-#199

The Daily Paper #123-#127

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