Thursday, June 22, 2017

A new obsession; wet cyanotype

A few days ago I stumbled upon a youtube video on wet cyanotype (blueprint) and thought it was very interesting even though it was done on paper. Then yesterday Sue Reno posted on her blog about her experiments with it on fabric and I knew I had to try it. While you check out her blog be sure to look at all the wonderful regular cyanotypes she does, she is a real master. So I got out some of my leaves, some treated fabric, a spray bottle of water and started to play. Both the youtube video and Sue said to leave the prints out for 24 hours rather than the usual 10 minutes, my first two were out for about 18 hours, the third one this morning was only out for 6 hours. I now have three more out and I'm going to do my best to be patient and wait for 24 hours.  The basic process is to take the treated fabric, put an image (the leaf) on it, cover with glass and let it sit in the sun. In wet cyanotype the treated fabric gets wet. I sprayed water on both the plastic under the fabric and on the glass before I covered the fabric. My fabric dried out so instead of waiting 24 hours I went ahead and rinsed and dried it.

Under the glass, out in the sun.

 finished print after rinsing and drying
This one was done on treated magenta fabric

This mornings experiment was done the same way, except I wanted to see what it would look like with even shorter time. I forgot to take a picture of it under glass, but here's how it looks now. It was cooler this morning than yesterday afternoon so it didn't dry out as fast.

The three that I've got out in the sun are looking pretty good, but I'm going to be patient and wait. I may add more water if they dry out. It's hot, breezy and low humidity so it's hard to keep things damp.
This one is on green pretreated fabric.

This one I sprayed the water directly on the fabric.

This one is on turquoise pretreated fabric.
I'll show you what happens in the next post. You can see more on Instagram at #wetcyan.

I've sewn together the hand dyed fabrics that were over dyed with indigo and am trying to decide how to quilt it.

Weekly Stitching
Signs of Life: The five universal shapes
week #25

the first 25 weeks of the year

2017 Daily Stitching #2 days 10-16

I'll be linking up to "Off the Wall Friday" and "Slow Sunday Stitching"

Thursday, June 15, 2017

A Play Day

Last Friday Lisa and Kathleen drove out to Weiser for a play day. I had a  fresh indigo pot, soy wax  and all sorts of clamps and plexiglass glass shapes ready to go. We played with a variety of fabrics and created some really cool designs.

Here's Lisa tying some organza with bright orange yarn.

The organza soaking in water.

Holding up the finished piece.

Kathleen checking on a piece hanging to dry.

A few shots of texture and pattern.

I found 8 vintage linen napkins in my stash, they are now blue and white, each with a different pattern.
We had a great time, it is so good to have friends to play with!

Last year I had over dyed about 10 pieces of hand dyed cotton, yesterday I added 15 more pieces to it.
I did them late yesterday and stuck them up on my design wall as I ironed them. I need to square them up and maybe play with placement a bit before sewing them together.

I've finished both of the cyanotype pieces.

This one has  contour stitching around the leaves and hand stitched veins on each leaf.

This one has straight stitching overall.

Weekly Stitching
Signs of Life:The five universal shapes

2017 Daily stitching #2, days 3-9
A bunch of french knots to start with.

I'll be linking up to "Off the Wall Friday" and "Slow Sunday Stitching"

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Daily Stitching Project done!

The daily stitching piece that I started on Jan. 1, is done. It took 157 days.

 Daily Stitching 1/1/17 to 6/6/17
mounted on a black 10"x10"canvas

The last stitches.

This is what it looked like before stitching.
As you can see, I've made some modifications. I covered up parts I didn't like, added some others and changed some colors. The piece was cut off the end of this piece of fabric.
The big challenge for me on this piece is that the original fabric was not printed with any thought or intention other than a place to use up the paint on my stamps. I printed it over the course of about six months while doing the prints for my daily stitching of gelli prints last year. You can see it here.  Obviously I liked the challenge because I've started another one. This is it ready to stitch.
This one will also be modified as I go along.

2017 Daily stitching #2, day 1-2

Weekly Stitching
Signs of Life:The five universal shapes

I'll be linking up to "Off the Wall Friday" and "Slow Sunday Stitching"

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Lots of stitching going on

I'm finally back to getting some work done. After traveling most of March I expected a bit of a creative slump, I didn't expect it to last two months! I did make a couple of donation quilts and my SAQA donation quilt and kept up with my daily and weekly projects, but other than that I felt rather lost. Finally this week I'm feeling back in my groove.

First I did a small (12"sq.) piece that has been languishing in a drawer for many years, just the fabric and some threads in a project bag. Now it may end up as next years SAQA donation.

Next I pieced two tops using blueprinted fabrics, I showed the start last week.
I've started the quilting on the left hand one.

While trying to clear some of the messiness in Studio B(so I can make another mess), I came across two pieces of recycled linens that I had tea and rust dyed.

I've started the stitching on one and have the threads I need for both of them in stock.

Now that I have several projects going I feel more like myself.

Weekly Stitching
Signs of Life:The five universal shapes
week #22

2017 Daily Stitching days #146-152

More background and a star

I only have about 2 square inches on the bottom left to do. Then I have to decide how to finish the edges and what to stitch next. The stitched part started out at 10 "square, with the heavy concentration of stitching it's now about 9 1/2" square.

I'll be linking up to "Off the Wall Friday" and "Slow Sunday Stitching".