Getting Rusty

This cloth was rolled with gladiolus and turmeric, then steamed.


I'm not sure what this was wrapped with ... maybe lilacs and lilac leaves. This is how it looked after steaming.


believe necklace

This is how it looks after soaking overnight in rusty water with a bit of vinegar added. It changed from a rather glorious yellow to a slightly more mellow color. Also, the rusty water coaxed some patterns to the surface of the cloth.

This is how it looks after soaking overnight in the rusty water with a bit of vinegar. You can see that the soaking brought out blue from the white background. The coaxing of the blue also turned the yellow to green. I like it! 



"BELIEVE" - A wee nod to my jewelry making, lest it gets lost in all the folds and wrinkles of my textiles. 

Eco Dye Progress

Here are the results from the eco dye experiment of a a couple of weeks ago.

I was worried about the green string, but it actually adds a lot of interest. Too bad it's probably not eco-friendly dye. 

Now, just to see what would happen, I've put them all into the rusty old iron pot. The liquid is rain water and some white vinegar. I probably should have torn each piece in half, so I could compare before and after. I'm sure I'll get better at this. For now, I just want to have some fun. I don't want to get bogged down in record keeping yet. Once I start to have more of a feel for it all, then I'll start keeping meaningful notes. 


Today I finally realized it really is summer. But I don't fully trust it yet. If I wake up tomorrow and it's so cold I want to turn on the heat, I won't be surprised.


A good day

Hello all. I've had a nice day, with a variety of activities. I even managed to finish House of Cards and take a nap.

I've decided to call these needle cases instead of pinkeeps. They are really better suited to the task of storing needles and, not incidentally, pinkeep is not actually a word. 


More progress on Family Picnic. I am such a slow stitcher. But I'm liking this piece quite a bit.

As I write this, something is "cooking" in the kitchen. Do you like how I rigged a steamer?

Nite Nite