Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Swaying Wheat & Dyeing Results Are In

A swaying wheat fabric postcard made on hand marbled evolon, wheat kernels fused using a soldering iron and backed using a metallicky cookie bag.  I'm almost out of candy and granola bar wrappers so last night at our stitchery guild meeting I asked everyone to please save me some wrappers. 
 Left over piece from my Swaying Wheat Postcard which I made into an artist trading card.
 Very poor solar dyeing results using dahlia flowers.  The cloth was very nice and pinkish when I took it out of the jar that it had been sitting in for almost 2 weeks but when I rinsed it the colour all went down the drain.  Nothing ventured nothing gained though and I'll use the cloth for another dyeing experiment.
 The marigold solar dyeing on this piece of evolon turned out much better and I am quite happy with the results.
My first try at rust dying turned out very well! Using an old Edwards coffee can I soaked my piece of cotton in vinegar and wrapped the cloth around the can.  I spritzed it with a mix of 1/2 water 1/2 vinegar and this was the result in 1 day.  I soaked it in salty water to stop the rust process and then washed it in soapy water.
One cannot tell from the photo but the goldenrod solar dyeing cloth and thread did become a nice yellow though not as dark as the marigold.

These pieces will all go into my small fabric stash and I know I will enjoy using them sometime down the road.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Wheat Stitching and Solar Dyeing

 As harvest nears on the prairies I've been stitching wheat lately.  For these wheat kernels I fused a few of layers of organza together and stitched them down on dyed and stamped fabric to make a fabric postcard.
 I recycled a granola bar wrapper to make these wheat kernels and again stitched them down on dyed and stamped fabric for another fabric postcard.
 Playing with organza, I fused snippets of pieces down onto black felt and then stitched a row of wheat using the wheat ear stitch.
 Lazy daisy stitches for the kernels which I made into an atc. 
I should have started this in July but here I'm trying my hand at some solar dyeing.  I mixed a 1/4 tsp of alum and an 1/8 tsp into this gallon jar which I 1/2 filled with warm water.  I added a piece of ready to dye cotton and some white DMC thread and filled the jar with wild goldenrod flowers.  I then topped it off with some more water.  I'm stirring it every day and will see what happens after 10 days.  It rained for a couple of days and it's been cool so I might have to wait longer than 10.
I also started a jar using marigold flowers
and a jar with dahlia flowers.  Both have a piece of white cotton fabric and white thread.  Just have to wait and see what happens now.

Have a lovely day everyone :)

Monday, August 11, 2014

Poppy Post

Playing with organza pieces that I fused making marks onto felt with the soldering iron.  Pistil stitches on the poppies.
Another postcard sized piece again with organza and mark making onto felt with the soldering iron.  I cut the poppy shapes out of a piece of polyester and used the pistil stitch for the centres.  The stems were some leftover pieces of spun wool.
A poppy unfolding in my flower bed.

Have a beautiful week everyone!

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Creative Postcards with My Sweet Prairie

 Last week I had the wonderful experience of hosting and taking a creative postcard class with Monika Kinner-Whalen aka My Sweet Prairie.  I finished this branch postcard adding a few french knots and fly stitches.  My zigzag edge is quite uneven but that's because I rarely sew and had never done an edge like this before on anything.
 I cut out the red flowers from a scrap piece of fabric and tacked them down with pistil stitches.  The postcard edge is a bit more even on this postcard but not much.
 My unfinished basement was the class location and Monika brought plenty of material for all of us to use.
 It was a delightful and fun afternoon and I can see that fabric postcards are going to be popping up in my blog now every once in awhile.
There were 7 of us in the class and these were the creative postcards that we made.  Not all were finished when I took this picture.
For hosting the class Monika brought along some of her wonderful prairie fabric postcards along for me to pick from.  This is the one I chose.  She has many more available at her My Sweet Prairie Etsy shop too.

Have a wonderful summer day everyone :)

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Stitching and Skydiving

I began stitching this floral needle case years ago and then I put it down to work on something else. It's high time I finished it though and this time I'm not going to get distracted. The flowers are worked in woven wheel, whipped spider web wheel, buttonhole wheel, lazy daisy and cast on stitching.  The leaves are fly and lazy daisy and the centres of the whipped spider web wheels are filled with french knots.
My finished silk paper doodle
and a close up.
I received this neat pomegranate titled atc from Lin Tarrant who lives in France.  She has a wonderful blog at St. Viktor Quilts.  Thanks Lin!
I also received this lovely maple leaf postcard from Debi in honour of Canada Day on July 1.  Thanks Debi :)
I finally did something I've been wanting to do for the last few years.  A breast cancer survivor I had met had gone tandem skydiving and she told me that I just had to go. So on Monday I finally went :)
Here I'm listening intently to the instructions which were to: relax, cross my arms before we jumped out, to take a deep breath and before landing to put my legs up.
At 7,500 feet we had 20 seconds of free fall
WOW - it was quite the awesome experience :D
Wishing everyone a summer adventure plus time for some wonderful stitching :)

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Silk Paper Doodling

 I absolutely love my Oriental Poppies but sadly the delicate petals don't last very long and in 2 days they are starting to wilt already. 
 With one of my shaving cream marbling pieces of fabric I made this seascape atc. I had fun playing with different stitches and adding some dyed bits of cheesecloth along the edges.
 Close up of some doodling stitches:  straight stitch, fly, chain, buttonhole wheel and spiderweb wheel. I don't have any real design in mind but am simply enjoying stitching.
I received some lovely threads from Lorraine's Colour Complements shop and am using them to doodle on this piece of silk paper. 

Have a wonderful summer day everyone :)

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Leaf on Silk Paper

 I'm really enjoying stitching on silk paper.  So much so that I made another maple leaf stitch sampler on it for myself.
 From left to right the stitches are:  chain, fly, needle weaving, french knots, wheatear, seed, cretan, seed, buttonhole wheel, chain, lazy daisy, cretan, spider web wheel, coral, satin, seed and a few more french knots.  Now I feel like making more silk paper and another stitched leaf :)
 We were on a trip last week and to keep my hands busy while in the car I crocheted this small doily.  I love doilies and have them under just about everything and love giving them away too.
 We had so much rain in June that up in the hills the pincushion cacti are blooming all over the place.  In 7 years, I've never seen so many.
 The female bluebird still has her young in the nest,
while this baby coot was swimming madly across the pond and peeping like crazy to get back to mom.

Have a great week everyone :)