Monday, November 17, 2014

Eco Printed Leaves....

On white  linen.  

came out so great.  

This linen which was white when I started,   was soaked in soda ash over night, wrung out and then layered with viburnum leaves and wrapped with hemp super tight around a copper pipe.  I steamed it in an aluminum pot outside for four hours or so.

After  it cooled, I unwrapped it,  rinsed it by hand, ironed it and and just smiled.  Beautiful!!!

It's raining today - but I don't care.  I'm grabbing my hiking books, putting on my raincoat and heading out into the woods.  There is so much more beauty to be captured!

Friday, November 7, 2014

Friday, October 31, 2014

Thursday, October 9, 2014

It Doesn't Really "Madder..."

....or does it? With the onset of such beautiful weather, (and the unavailability of my indoor studio because of our massive first floor re-do,)  I've spent a few days in the outdoor dye studio mixing up some glorious colors and playing with resist.

Along with the usual vat of indigo and glass jars of procion, I tried my hand at madder dyeing with some lovely results.

 Chopping up and then heating dried madder root for over an hour in two vessels - a stainless steel pot and a cast iron pot, I threw in scrim, cheese cloth, silk, cotton , gauze and noille.  The results - for a first shot at it - were pretty good.  Nice pinks achieved in the stainless pot and a really nice burnt orange in the cast iron. I did not pre-mordant.  Next time, I will.

Also had a brass cauldron of chestnuts cooking all day into which I submerged more of the same fabrics.  Those, are still batching. Love my little brass cauldron.

A few blue super moons came out of the indigo vat, too.  Fall fodder for hand stitching.

Monday, September 22, 2014


Every year we celebrate the onset of my favorite season with
 "the planting of the mums."

every year we get ... 
Just a few more.
This year, I may have gone...

Nahhh. You can never have TOO many mums!
Especially when someone helps
You plant them.

Happy Fall!!!

Monday, September 15, 2014

I'm Very Crabby……

well, not really.

I really like this photo so I blew it up to 24" and have decided to use it for a project I'm working on in a private mastery workshop I'm taking with Roxane Lessa. 

In its larger format, you can see every single grain of sand.  Pretty cool.  Now I must experiment on how to capture that texture.

Looking forward to experimenting with  that.

With the onset of Fall (it's not here yet - but I can feel it in the air)
I  decided to reorganize my outdoor dyeing and painting studio yesterday.
I like to spend a lot of time out there once the weather hits below 73.
Outdoor dyeing and painting studio
That seems to be the magic number for me.

I'm re-working my indoor sewing studio on the first level of our house
moving it out of a "room" and into the main area by the
windows overlooking the woods. I do love my studio I have now,
but there are no windows in the room and that really effects me.
This huge room is never used - so I'm staking my claim and
turning into a studio. Construction of built ins begins in a few weeks - so I have started
moving stuff out of there.

One thing to go upstairs - was this gorgeous butcher topped stainless unit.

I set it up in the garage by my doggy washing  sink and it makes a beautiful painting and dyeing spot under the window. So sturdy and very functional - and just outside the door is my drying rack for my hand dyes.  Perfect.

For the time being, I've been working at the kitchen table making my pattern for "crab" and trying to figure out an approach to capturing that fabulous sand.

I'm thinking hand painting and spraying ink and then pebble stitching maybe a good way to go - with the addition of sheers for sea foam?  Trial and error I guess.  Ideas?

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

A Day in Asheville....

Traveled with my girl to the Biltmore Estate in Asheville,  to secure her wedding venue (the conservatory.)  After a morning of appointments, we had 24 hours to play - and play we did.

The conservatory... A magical place to celebrate love.

In the mornings the fog blankets even the valleys of
the Blue Ridge…

slowly receding minute by minute
until it appears only in the distance,along the mountain tops.

The Inn at Biltmore... Perfect in every way.  
We had a mountain view terrace room....
with a million dollar view.

High Tea.... With the Queen (me!)

A cruise through the River Arts District - which is where I took the 
cloth book workshop a year or so ago….

Segway off roading on the Estate grounds.... totally inappropriate shoes.  All I brought was
Two pair of high heels so I borrowed Brinas JCrew flats.
But they're cute.... Right?

Some  sightseeing...

some relaxing....
Some primping for dinner...

And some serious bonding time that was
way overdue. Such a fun girl's weekend with my girl.

Wish you were here Mommy.
I miss you so much during times like these.

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