Saturday, May 23, 2015

House in Progress from Dyed Threads

Nancy asked us to create something using our dyed threads. I was greatly inspired by the collection of little houses in her entryway, and so was born the idea of this little piece. It is made from the felted sleeve of a grey, wool sweater. A little triangle of the neckline was matched up and stitched together to be the structure of the roof.

The green doily was dyed at her house, along with all the thread used on the little houses, but I realized after seeing everyone else's results that I wasn't showing off my threads very well. Oops! One of those times an idea got away from me and I forgot the main purpose of the piece. ;)

There is still much more to go...a sun in the sky, bits of Jill's chenille bedspread to emphasize the roofline, and some flowers in the grass at least...

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Dyed Laces & Trims

I had so much fun at Nancy's (if you couldn't tell already)!

Here is a little stack of crocheted squares that my grandmother had made years ago but not yet joined into an afghan, and they took the dye really well.

We did lots of finger painting and blending of the colors on the palette and then working the linens around in the dye (as we did with the threads) to get subtle variations. Nancy describes her process in more detail here...on her blog. There were even a few pieces I managed to dye in a gradient pattern with her help. So much fun! It was all about experimentation and playing with the beautiful colors! Here is a stack of doilies and assorted items from my studio that have been given new, colorful life...full of possibility. :)

Thank you so much Nancy!

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Dyed Threads

Nancy took a dyeing class from Carol Soderlund recently, and (in her own words) her "love of dyeing has been revived". I was very fortunate to be invited to a dyeing workshop at her house with a few friends, and she shared some of the results of her own experimentation and introduced us to her new finger-painting technique of dyeing thread. We had so much fun! :) It is an awesome thing to watch Nancy explore a subject she's interested in. Her creative energy is simply contagious, and she is an amazing teacher!

Look at this gorgeous stash of threads that resulted from my own experimenting!

Here are some trims and laces I dyed as well...I will post some more pics tomorrow.

Even the little pile of thread clippings resulting from how the threads were bound as we dyed them have possibility! Isn't color beautiful! :)

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Happy Mother's Day

Made my Momma this flower for Mother's Day.

Love you Momma!

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Beginnings of a Cord from MY Handspun Yarn

Step 1: I spun this yarn myself on a drop spindle from wool I actually carded years ago. (So I guess technically, step one was carding the wool. ;)
Step 2: Slip knot and then chain stitch the entire length of yarn. While my yarn is a bit fluffy in spots, when it is felted all these loops should tighten up and make a sturdy cord.
Step 3: Deciding if I want to felt it as-is or weave in some other fibers and/or stitches first for additional texture. Hmmm...I guess maybe I should give some thought to what it is going to be? ;)