Friday, October 2, 2015

TAST Owl & more eco/rust dyeing

 Am caught up now with TAST.  Last weeks stitch was the whipped wheel stitch and this weeks is the barred chain.  Anyone wanting to join or to find information about TAST - Take A Stitch Tuesday - it's on Sharon's Pintangle site.
First I rusted this piece of cloth for a day on some chicken wire sprinkled down with a vinegar/water mix. Then I eco dyed it using only rose leaves.  I loved how it turned out and was very surprised at how dark the rose leaves were.
 This piece of cloth I wrapped around an old rusty Edwards coffee tin for a day again sprinkled down with a vinegar/water mix.  Rose leaves again on this piece turned out well.
 My new old sewing machine!  It's a White from 1964.  Thankfully I found an instruction manual on-line as well as some youtube clips.  Can't wait to figure it out and use it.  It's heavy too - not much plastic on it that's for sure.
 Caught this little 13 Lined Ground Squirrel stuffing and I mean stuffing his cheeks underneath the bird feeder.  He must be fattening himself up for the long winter months ahead.

Have a Happy October day everyone :D

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Eco Dyeing & Experimental Machine Sewing Workshop

 I had the wonderful opportunity to attend a Stitch Extreme Combo workshop with Arlee Barr & Karin Millson.  We eco dyed and practiced sewing samples adjusting the upper and lower tensions, using different thread thicknesses and adjusting out stitch lengths and widths.  Here I laid out maple, oak, willow and dogwood leaves.
 Rolled up on 2 wooden dowels which I then bound up tightly.
 Arlee placed all of our bundles in the pot to gently "cook" for an hour.
 The dogwood and oak came out with nice distinctive shapes, the maple and willow leaves were quite pale.
 Onion skins snipped and laid out.  I folded the other half of the cotton over, rolled it on the dowels, bundled it up and put it in the pot for an hour.
 I was so surprised at how good a print the onion skins made!  This will be a fun piece to stitch :)
 I took a lot of notes and here are 2 cransebill leaves with loose tea sprinkled around it.  Arlee gave us some madder root powder to use as well.
 Cranesbill gives a very good print for eco dyeing and as you can see the madder root and loose tea give off good colour as well.
 Here are a few of my sewing samples as we played with adjusting our top and bottom tensions on our sewing machines as well as experimenting with different kinds of threads and stitch widths and lengths.
 While our bundles were eco dyeing Karin had us try all manner of different things most of which I did not know my sewing machine could even do!

 More tea and madder root eco dyeing on silk using oak leaves.
 One of my favourite peices - a rust dyed piece of cotton with raspberry leaves.
 Karin and Arlee were an excellent team and we learned A LOT from them.
Taking a leaf image from one of my dyed pieces I tried to replicate it using some of the sewing techniques we learned.

Eco dyeing and using my sewing machine are definitely in my future.
Have a terrific week everyone :D

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Rust Dyed Owls

 I participated in Anna Hergert's Exploring Line:  Make Your Mark challenge in August.  I took the rust dyed cloth I had made and by following the rusty lines made by washers and wires I found 8 owl faces. I used buttonhole stitches, chain, stem, french knots, seed and fly stitches. 
 It was a fun piece to stitch.  Thanks Anna for the challenge :)
My sunflowers are definitely loving September's heat.

Wishing you all joy this day :)

Friday, August 21, 2015

Summer Challenge

 Finished my challenge piece in plenty of time for our stitchery guild meeting in September.  This is a picture I took of my hollyhocks which I printed onto fabric and did some hand and machine stitching on. My finishing techniques by trying to sew a quilt type border leave a lot to be desired but it's done!
Added the blue chevron stitches on my TAST owl.  So glad that Sharon is running Take A Stitch Tuesday again :D
Tried my hand at rust dyeing and used washers, nails, an old rusty horse bit and a long chain.  I spritzed it with vinegar water, put it in a plastic bag and let it rust for a day in the sun.  It certainly didn't take long at all to dye.
Here's another small piece that I rust dyed using washers and a bit of wire.  I forgot about it so after 3 days it was pretty black.  But I soaked it in salt water to stop the rusting process and rinsed and rinsed.  I'm rather happy how it turned out after all.
Very glad that these zucchini are all spoken for.  They've been very prolific as usual :)
I've never had such beautiful morning glories as this summer.  They seemed to like being planted along a row of bachelor buttons too.
Thank you for stopping by.  Have a glorious day and weekend :D

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

TAST Owl start

 I am so pleased that Sharon at Pintangle is running her Take A Stitch Tuesday again.  I loved doing it back in 2012.  Last time I did each stitch into a long banner but this time around I thought it would be fun to incorporate each stitch onto an owl.  Week 1 was the fly stitch - outline of the wing.  Week 2 was buttonhole - eyes, and I saw this morning that this week's stitch is the feather stitch.  Great :)
 My finished pulled thread chatelaine all ready to go to be "graded".  This was an Embroiderer's Association of Canada correspondence course that a number of us from our guild took.  I had no idea there were so many variations!
 Over the summer our stitchery guild members have a summer challenge.  We are to make an original piece however large or small in whatever threads or backgrounds but incorporate triangles into it.
I took a picture of one of my hollyhocks, printed it onto a piece of cotton, cut it into triangles and wonder undered them onto a green piece of fabric.  I'm now doing some stitching and free motion embroidery and beading onto it. It will be great seeing what others have done when we back back in September.

Hope everyone is enjoying their last few days of July :)

Monday, July 13, 2015

Pulled Thread Progress

 Very slow progress on my pulled thread chatelaine but it's coming along.  This variation is called satin bars.  To begin, 3 horizontal satin stitches are worked over the same 3 threads in the same space.  Then continuing to work down, 10 stitches are worked over 3 threads.  3 horizontal satin stitches are worked over the same 6 threads in the same space.  Having diagrams to go along with the instructions certainly helps!
 Beginning the double back stitch & blocks.
 I like the look of this step stitch.
 This design is worked with a double row of satin stitches and a honeycomb stitch variation called "bricking".
 We recently went on a road trip and while I can't do pulled thread in the car I can crochet :)

This sweet little 13 Lined Ground Squirrel has made herself quite at home in our backyard.

Have a most delightful and lovely July day :)

Friday, June 12, 2015

Reverse Applique

5 layers of fabric, 4 wonky free motion circles which were cut into 1/4's,  different layers cut out and then sewed down onto a back fabric.  Have begun to do some running and french knot stitching.  This is another Beryl Taylor inspired piece from this Quilting Arts youtube video.  Think I'll try another one of these now that I know the process.
Finished my first Beryl Taylor inspired melted Tyvek piece with stitched borders and a beaded edging.  Our annual stitchery guild dinner is this coming Tuesday and it will be great to see everyone else's pieces.

Thanks for popping by and have a joyful June day :)