Sunday, August 02, 2015

Day 11

 my first attempt at dyeing silk using the Pro Chem suggested concentrates:

the colors are quite weak, so I will add more dye concentrate to today's silk

here's a detail shot:

and here is my block for today

I had a wonderful paddle in my kayak this morning.  Our temps finally dropped down into
the 60's overnight, and the humidity was low.  Delightful.
I saw a Great Crested Flycatcher and an Eastern Phoebe.

the flycatcher is right in the middle of the picture - hope you can see him!
I think the picture will enlarge if you give it a click

here's the Phoebe:

Below, you can see them together.  The Phoebe, who is a member of the Flycatcher family,
is busy catching a fly, while the Flycatcher appears to be taking notes on just how it's done.

When I got back home, my husband said I needed to take some pictures of the 
hummingbirds on our Cardinal Flowers in the garden:

here's one more shot, while the little guy was taking a break:

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peace to you and yours!

Saturday, August 01, 2015

Day 10 of 200

While reading up on dyeing by weight of fabric,
I decided to also to take a look at Pro Chemical & Dyes tutorial on snow dyeing,
since those are the directions I followed when I had my initial successes
with this method about a year and a half ago.
I decided to go with Pro Chem's instructions rather than dyeing by weight,
and over-dyed the piece of cotton that is pictured here on Day 6
of my adventure.
I like it much better now, don't you?!

Here are a couple of detail shots:

nice, huh?

Here is my block for today

 I am participating in a KAL  (knit along),
which is being hosted by Sara Pomegranate
It's a great podcast, if you're looking for a good listen!
I'm knitting the Lilli Pilli Wrap
and have just cast on this morning,
Here is my meager progress:

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have a great weekend
peace to you and yours

Friday, July 31, 2015

Day 9 of my 200 Days

another very cattywampus butterfly!

My dyeing for yesterday:

2 panels of silk (inspired by the notecard in between them -
Georgia O'Keefe's Red Canna)
I am going to make Kayla Kennington's vest
and thought I'd audition a few pieces of silk.
I think I will overdye these - 
I want more RED!

And just in time for the baby:

I've finished handsewing the binding on - only minutes ago.
I've always hated applying quilt bindings, but this one 
went amazingly smoothly.
I cut and sewed true bias strips,
which I seldom do, and that may have made the difference.

and so (sew?), I'm off to construct another butterfly block!

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peace to you and yours

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Day 8 of 200 Days of Dyeing & Doing

I think I might seriously be in love with this piece of silk as well.

Here's how it looked after the dye powders were sprinkled atop the ice:

........and here it is unfurled:

Idaho Beauty left a comment the other day suggesting that
the reason I got such weak results with the cotton was the weight of it vs.
the weight of the silk, and the amount of dye powders used.
Of course, she is correct, and it was so nice to be put out of my misery
so early on in the game!
I will pay more attention to weighing my cotton next time.
Thank you, Idaho Beauty.

.......and here's my 'Maggie block' for today:

I'm rather fond of this as well.  I like the richness of the fuchsia (ice-dyed)
and the contrasting violets and yellows.

I am busy applying the binding to the new baby's quilt.....
it's a race against time!!! 

Thanks for stopping by!

Peace to you and yours.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Day 7 of 200 Days (of Dyeing & Doing)

First I'll show my silk Furoshiki.
I love it so much.

......and here's today's block for Maggie's quilt

I'm not the greatest piecer in the world, but you know,
I think she will not notice and love it for far more important reasons!

thanks for stopping by.......
and peace to you and yours!

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Day 6 of 200 Days

I wanted to do a comparison dyeing between silk and cotton.
Of course, I understand that there are many variables involved, and I probably only
hit upon a very few.  I did use the same amounts of dye powder for each fabric,
the same environmental conditions,  the same yardage, and the same amount of batching time.
Oddly enough, the cotton fabric on the left, took far less color than the silk, on the right.
I wonder why that is?  Perhaps it has to do with the manner in which I sprinkled the dye powders
onto the ice, or the order in which they were sprinkled.  I don't know.
Perhaps someone with more knowledge on this subject will leave a comment.
I will try this experiment again in the future with other dyes.
The cotton on the left was dyed yesterday, and the silk on the right is the same piece 
you saw yesterday, Day 5.

200 Days wouldn't seem like a long time if you were in prison, right?
Well, not if you compared it with a life sentence!
(Any day in prison would seem horrible.)
For this 200 days, I'm doing one of the things I love the very most, dyeing,
and the results are always exciting.  I like the 24-hour waiting game....
it's almost like waiting for a grandchild to be born when you don't know the gender....
and yes, we are still waiting on that one too!!!
It is so terribly hot and humid here right now, I really feel for our daughter.
The moon will be full on Friday night, so if the baby doesn't come before,
I feel sure it will arrive that night.
My friend Meg left a great comment the other day.
Yes, Meg, I am also a procrastinator, so that is one reason I wanted to
challenge myself publicly.  Remember, this isn't 200 days in a row,
it's 200 days in a like a 'real job', Monday-Friday
with perhaps a few days off for good behavior.....and new babies!

Here is today's block for Maggie's quilt:

The butterfly's head is a bit cattywampus, but she is has it turned,
looking for a flower!

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Peace to you and yours.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Day Five

Up early and out in the studio to rinse out my latest Furoshiki:

I love it next to my petunias and begonias

.....and here's today's block:

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peace to you and yours