Friday, October 21, 2011

Linen Blues

Here are some batiks I did a day ago. Love this soft blue. The funny thing is that this dye was some old navy blue dye that has been sitting around for several months. Its potency has faded and I'm glad for the soft denim that I got. I probably won't be able to make this color again!

These are on 100 percent hemp linen, with one on a silk hemp blend (top left corner Caracol). I wasn't sure how the silk hemp would dye -- often fiber reactive dyes shift color on silk and are very different than the same dye on cotton or hemp.

If there's time today, I'm going to start working on some black and white batik.

Patterns shown from top left clockwise are Caracol, Minoan Fishscale, Mesa, Nimes Mosaic and Flower Trellis.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Creating a Feather

After much procrastination, I'm started to work on a feather for Jude Hill's Magic Feather Project.  I'm using an arashi shibori piece I made a few weeks ago. The 45 degree patterning of the arashi shibori is a natural soulmate, I think, for a feather. I cut the piece apart and sewed it together. This is one side.

This is the other side. Haven't decided which side to use yet. They both offer lots of possibilities.

This is a 100 percent hemp linen that is a pleasure to hand stitch.

I've also hand dyed some embroidery floss in the same blue hue. I think I'll use that to stitch the outline of the feather and to perhaps embellish a bit.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Fall Changes

Fall ushers in cooler weather, a soggy carpet of leaves, and new pathways.

I'm waxing some fabrics today -- hemp and silk hemp. Later today, they'll go into the dyebath.

I've tinted this photo sepia so you can better see the wax.

New pathways I'm pondering today --- indigo hemp batiks.  Also, a silk screen kit sits in my studio lures me into new art forms.

New ideas bring anxiety, but excitement too. The air is crisp and so are the opportunities.