Tuesday, February 02, 2016

Day 118.....Signed, Sealed, Delivered!

We delivered Maggie's quilt
a couple of weeks ago.
I think her beautiful smiling face says it all, don't you!

Here's is where the bulk of my extra time and energy 
is going these days:

I've enrolled in weaving classes at 
the University of North Georgia in Dahlonega.
It's a terrific class, but I'm challenged.
Warping or dressing the loom, as it is sometimes called,
 is very complicated for me.
I hope it will get easier in time.

I've also been dyeing a bit here and there:

This is a lovely buttery soft silk charmeuse scarf.
I'm very pleased with my results.

....and then there's the knitting:
I'm one of the very lucky members of Laura Nelkin's 
2016 M Club.
We received our first set of instructions about two weeks ago.
I'm coming along on this very fun knit:

I also completed Claire Devine's Earl Grey hat:

....just in time for our latest warm weather.
I'm sure I'll have an opportunity to wear it soon, though.

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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Day 117: WooHoo!

Maggie's quilt returned 'home' last evening,
and I've begun the last leg of its journey:
hand stitching the binding in place.
It is a labor of love.
I hope that someday she will understand
that each speck of dye,
every cut of fabric,
and the many, many stitches were all made
with love for her from me.
The long arm quilter did a fabulous job.
I am so pleased.

Below are the silk black tints
in silk charmeuse
that I dyed earlier this week.
It's been so cold that I would dye them in my dye studio,
bring them into the house to batch in the afternoon sun,
then return them to the dye studio for the washout.

What would easily be a 24 hour process in summer
turned into a 3 day slog in January.
Note to self: do this business when it's warm!

more silk charmeuse:

and more:

my heart sings during the entire process....
even walking them in and out
 from dye studio to house and back again....
in this frigid weather!

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Sunday, January 17, 2016

Day 116: still dyeing

As promised here are the results from my gradations dyeing
from Day 115.
The fabric is all 12mm silk charmeuse,
a delight to dye and handle.
I was very pleased with my results.
Today I found time to do another round of dyeing.

The bottom photo is of gradations of 
Pro Chem's Silk Black,
also on charmeuse.
I'll talk more about these later,
but suffice it to say
that I've spent quite a few hours dyeing today.

As for doing, 
what little free time I've had,
I've spent knitting.

These mittens are Laura Nelkin's French Artichoke pattern
out of Jill Draper Makes Stuff Empire yarn
in the Paprika colorway.
Aren't they yummy!!
I liked them so much that I've cast-on
a hat in the same yarn
(it just looks different due to the lighting).

The hat pattern is Claire Devine's 
Earl Grey Tea,
and since I love Earl Grey tea,
suits me to a t!
There are lots of cables and a big
pompom on the top.

That's all for now.

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Thursday, January 14, 2016

Day 115: My Dyeing Day

 I finally had enough time to get out to the studio today
and dye color gradations on some silk charmeuse swatches.
It was great fun,
and I cannot wait to see the results....and dye more!

the samples are currently batching,
but I should have results to share tomorrow

.....and I've had just enough time to add a few more rows to 
this piece:

I'm pretty much in love with it!

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Thursday, January 07, 2016

Day 114......Dying to Dye

I woke up at 5:30 this morning
and couldn't go back to sleep.
My mind kept going back to the little quilted strips 
I showed in my two previous posts,
and they weren't what I had envisioned.
So I began thinking about equilateral triangles
and, of course, eighth grade math.
Later this morning I found some time
to experiment,
and the results are above.
I like this much better....
but it's by no means finished.

I also found a bit of time to get out to my dye studio,
tidy things up a bit,
and mix up several bottles of dye concentrate.

The fun begins tomorrow, fingers crossed!

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Monday, January 04, 2016

Day 113: the great new, the bad news

The great news is that the electrician did 
make a house/studio call
this afternoon
he was able to fix my problem.
But by the time he left, there was no time for dyeing.
That's ok, there's always tomorrow.

I did get another little row added to my experimental piece
As Jeannie says, it is bright,
and it feeds my soul during the winter.

I also carved another Greek Key stamp:

the portion in black is the print out from my computer
the colored parts are my stamping
this particular key is great because it plays
nicely with corners

of course, then I got carried away
with some leftover stamping medium

I hope to have time to try these on my cotton test fabric tomorrow

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Sunday, January 03, 2016

Day 112

Happy New Year

I am concocting a few new things
to add to our home's eclectic decor.
I'm not sure where this is going,
but when I figure it out,
I'll let you know.

My design wall is empty!
Well, it was until I pinned this on there:

The center triangle and the bottom strip of fabric
are both a lovely blue,
but they did not photograph well.

Anyway, I dropped Maggie's quilt off
at the quilter's home yesterday afternoon.
It was such a good feeling to get it off the wall
and on its way.
Now I just have to wait.
It will be about 3 weeks, 
as she has two quilts ahead of mine.

This morning, I dyed the blue strip of fabric that you see above.
I decided I wanted an unmottled piece 
and so was using Elin Noble's method
of dyeing in the washing machine.
All was going well until I plugged in my iron
and the washer stopped and the lights went out.
I flipped all of the circuit breakers,
but to no avail.
I figured out how to get power to the washer, 
so continued the dyeing,
but still have no lights...until our electrician 
comes to my aid.
So, no dyeing in the studio for a few days. 
That said, the washing machine method of dyeing
worked great.
You can find that technique (and many more) 
Thank you Elin Noble!

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