Monday, June 29, 2015


Here in the Northwest we are experiencing a record breaking heatwave and let me tell you it is hot!

These are Phoenix temperatures not Idaho temperatures. My garden is on a drip system but the plants are really looking stressed. I'm so happy we had central air installed a few years ago. It's about 100 degrees F right now (2:40 pm) and our hottest time of the day is usually between 5 and 6pm, so it's going to get warmer.

I realized today that I never did a blog post last week, I guess I was busier than I thought. It was fiddle week , and I did spend some time volunteering. We also had company for a few days, so I guess those are my excuses for not posting.

The Weekly Leaf
 I took a workshop on Katano sewing machine stitched shibori from Ana Lisa Hedstrom while I was at the SAQA Conference in May. Here are a few of my samples and pictures of her work.

I decided to try and do leaves with this technique, my leaves look nothing like the designs she gets but I'm finding them usable and I learned some things that I need to improve on.
This is my pile of samples after dying but before removing the stitches.

After the stitches have been removed and the fabric ironed.
 The smaller samples are the ones that are the correct size for my weekly leaf, so this is the one I used.

Week #25

More of these may show up as the year progresses.

Week #26
This week I did a blueprint with a couple of leaves I had picked up after a bit of a wind.

In the sun.
 Before rinsing.
Dried and ironed.

Week #26

Daily Stitching updates

Silk Fragments #170-#180

Sari Ribbon #98-#108

Linked to "Off the Wall Friday"


  1. Those temps are really scary! Thank goodness for AC. I'm loving your sun printed leaves.

  2. I rarely comment but I do enjoy your weekly posts! The geometric stitching on the saris ribbons is fabulous. I look forward to seeing what you do with the Katano work.

    1. Thanks Jenny, I really want to play with it some more, there are so many possibilities.

  3. I love leaves also...and your hand stitching on each piece is wonderful!!

  4. Thanks for sharing. I must try it too. Your leaves are so lovely!