I took a little break from taking a photo a day but have recently joined back in. While I don’t always take one every day, or stick to each day’s prescribed theme, I take them when I can. I use it as a way of keeping family members up to date with what might be happening at home!
Here’s a sample of photos I’ve taken over the last month or so:
this theme was [mix}: a mix of fabrics on my sewing bench:
[give] I was waiting for Child #3 to ‘give’ me a call when he was away on a sporting trip (he was stingy with his phone calls…. just saying)
[nearby] I was wishing this pair was nearby….they did actually come up to visit this past weekend, yay!!!
[style] or not as the case may be…but so warm for the feet!
[DIY] home-printed paper from our recent eco-dyeing class
What about you- do you take photos of the day’s little moments? Have a good week!
We had a great workshop on eco-dyeing here in Gatton on the weekend, with Nat Billing. Nat is an eco-dyer, using leaves and fruit and vegetables and, well anything really, to make beautifull naturally-dyed and printed fabric. You can find out a little bit about her here and she is also on Facebook.
We were able to dye a number of pieces using a variety of methods, all utilising naturally-found ‘dyes’. We used leaves – each tree leaf with its own properties and resultant effects, onion skins, grapes, purple carrots and seeds.
The fabrics we used were a wool knit, raw silk, silk satin and paper. The leaves were placed on the fabric and then rolled around pieces of pipe, sticks, rusted metal, seed pods etc
and placed in a brew – this first one used iron as the mordant, set at a high simmer.
My first two pieces: wool with leaves wrapped around a rusted pipe which gave the dimpled look through the middle but you can also clearly notice the outlines of the leaves:
This is raw silk with a softer look, but still showing the leaves with muted greens:
This silk satin had leaves, and red onions for the pink and grapes to give the purple colour:
Meryl showing one of her pieces:
I also tried using some watercolour paper- folded and layered with leaves and onion skins and carrot then clamped between tiles like this:
When I first opened it, with the leaves still on it – such beautiful rich colours:
The paper once it had dried:
Opening up each piece to see what had happened was just like Christmas morning- a surprise when you saw what was there!
We had a great time, and I think there are a few converts amongst us who will be trying it again in future. Thanks Nat for a fantastic day.
I’ve been making a little progress on this improvised quilt. I’ve written about it here and here before, and it may seem to onlookers that I’m not making much headway! Making up this quilt as I go along is harder than it seems, really hard. I think it is probably the most difficult quilt top I’ve made!
I have it up on my design wall with all the extra blocks I’ve made so far arranged around it.
The last week or two have been spent looking, re-arranging, looking, sewing bits together, changing my mind and so on. I’ve started worrying that it’s all too busy and will just look chaotic, instead of looking like its meant to be: colourful and scrappy but still just right.
I know that once I have worked out a rough arrangement of the little blocks that are going around the medallion centre, I then will be adding filler strips to make them fit together. Those filler strips will be in the light green that I used in those wide strips top and bottom of the centre, as well as red and some of the stripe. So I’m hoping they will help to pull it together and also give some places for the eye to rest.
Herre are a couple of sections I’ve put together:
It’s been fun making all the extra blocks. Some unexpected pairings of fabrics have revealed some new favourites, like this block:
These are some of my ‘extras’ – little parts to fill in spots where needed.
and lastly, I can’t complain because I have had some help from Dublin the supervisor