Thursday, August 16, 2018

More indigo

While sitting in my chair working on my daily stitching, my container of vintage drapery silk samples  caught my eye and I just knew I had to try them with some indigo. Within an hour I had these hanging on my design wall.


Now I must confess that I do things like this all the time, look at them and not know what to do with them, fold them up and put them away. This time I posted this picture on instagram, made a comment about what am I going to do with them and Sue Reno responded with a whole list of things I could do with them. One of those was to use the fabric as background for appliqué, which is something I rarely do, but for some reason it stuck with me. The following morning I started pulling things out and after making a bit of a mess found some silk hexagons that had been prepped for stitching about six years ago, a few were just the right color and I had the start of something new.


The piece on the right is just pinned together. The piece on the left has the hexagons appliquéd down  and the hand stitching has begun.





Two of the other pieces are very light weight silk and will become scarves, the rest have been folded up and put away for now. I do have more of the samples and will most likely be dipping more into the indigo pot.

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2018 Weekly Leaf #33

I've started using the botanical prints I showed last time.

Before stitching
After




2018 daily Stitching #2 days 78 - 84

More french knots this week.




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

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Indigo, Cyanotype, and Botanical prints

I've had a fun week of printing leaves for my weekly leaf series. First I did several botanical prints dipping the leaves in a copper solution before steaming. These are all on silk broadcloth and the copper gives a much more delicate look than my usual iron dip. This group is ready for the next five weeks of stitching.

I also did several cyanotypes using green fabric treated with the chemicals.
This group and the next will be used later in the year for the weekly leaves. The next group was an experiment with soy wax, stencils and indigo.

I had made up an indigo pot because I wanted a piece of indigo blue about 24" square, after I got that done I decided it was play time. I let some local friends know that I had a pot ready and they were welcome to come play and this morning that's what we did.

We played early because the temperature this afternoon are supposed to be 108 degrees, way too hot to play. The square piece I did is below, underneath the rusted piece I'll be stitching to it.
Last week I promised to show the quilts that were at the Fair.



2018 Weekly Leaf #32



2018 Daily Stitching #2, days 71-77

More background done and a french knot spiral, it's over half way done!



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

Friday, August 3, 2018

County Fair Time

This week is the Washington County fair in Cambridge, Idaho and I spent the day yesterday as one of the supervisors for the intake and judging of flowers. This is my second year doing this and it's a fun busy day. This year I even entered some of my herbs, coleus and a house plant and they did well. Earlier in the week I took a couple of quilts up, they both got blue ribbons and special awards. I meant to take pictures, but got busy with my job and forgot, so maybe next week.

My hubby is healing well and the staples were taken out on Wednesday and he is progressing very well and most of my nurse duties are finished, except for driving him to appointments.

2018 Weekly leaf #31




2018 Daily Stitching #2 days 64-70
 I filled in the blue of the x shape and more background stitching.




I'll be linking up with "Off the Wall Friday" and "Slow Sunday Stitching", check out what everyone else has been stitching.