Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Silky Doodles

Recently I spent a pleasant afternoon dyeing silk ribbons and silk fabric. I used a spray dye that gives these luscious watercolor effects. I have had some white habotai silk in a bag for a long time. I can't remember why I bought it, but finally the time came that I could use it. I cut some 4 inch squares and sprayed and played to my heart's content.

The piece on the right is my first little project. Feather stitch rings. A pink daisy, purple rose, and buds all in silk ribbon. I basted the silk squares to some silk chiffon (found in another bag) so that I could put the piece in a hoop.
Here's another one done in white perle cotton on blue. I love white on blue.

Do you like my cloud? When "Needleplay" went on a field trip to Wiscasset I bought the white wooly bumpy yarn that I used here. I just tacked the yarn down every so often in an oval.

The "hills" are buttonhole stitch, the plants are feather stitch with several different threads including some silk ribbon.


Trees in chain stitch
This landscape is from a photograph that had mountains in the background (buttonhole stitch), a forest in the middle, and a winding road from front to back. The dark green trees are done in fishbone stitch. I'm not so sure I want to keep that clump on the left, it may have to go. 

 These may end up in the sampler book I would like to make. The silk chiffon would be trimmed and turned under. I think this would be fun to do with wool yarn on wool felt, too. Lots of possibilities.

Here's a small section of my messy workstation. I need to have all my materials within arm's length reach. iPod front and center, always a podcast or audiobook to keep me company! Those purple scissors were a door prize I won on a shop hop. They are great-they have serrated blades so the grab slippery fabrics. Thank you shop hop!

There will be some quilting content coming up soon. So much to do, so little time to do it all!

Enjoy the journey!

p.s. just looked at the preview of this page and see the layout is not what I'm seeing as I am writing this. I don't know how to fix that so I'm just going to post as is and just heave a sigh. ha ha

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