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Wordless Wednesday

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013


The Lost Week-end

Monday, August 19th, 2013


I invited Stephanie to come and play in the indigo with me on Friday. We had lots of fun.


She did this beautiful cotton gauze scarf.


She dipped a couple of pieces of clothing for herself and these socks for Miles.

indigosocksI rehabbed a couple of butt ugly pieces of hand-dyed fabric. My favorite is the one at the top of my post. Here is the other.


I also dipped this piece of raw silk. It lost a bit of color in the wash which disappointed me, but it is still quite lovely. The dots at the sides are where I clamped the folded fabric.


I dipped another white shirt. This one was a rayon/linen blend. I didn’t get a photo, but it looks great.

We went out to dinner on Friday night and had a great meal at a new to us restaurant which was totally gluten free. On Saturday, I did a shopping list to get food for the week-end. We were planning to have the Portland peeps over for dinner on Sunday. I also got some work done on a symmetry/asymmetry presentation for High Fiber Diet.

I planned to go to two store. My first stop was Trader Joe’s. By the time I finished shopping, I had such a raging headache that I thought I would burst into tears. I went home and did not finish my shopping. I spent the rest of the day in a daze with the bad headache and some intestinal gas pain. I made dinner and ate a normal meal.

The pain in my stomach got worse as the night wore on. I  finally had a major purge, if you know what I mean. At any rate. it was 5:30 in the morning when I finally got relief, but I was done in. I spent Sunday in bed sleeping, drinking sips of gingerale and taking bites of gelatin. By evening, I could stomach some chicken broth and a rice cake.

I feel much better today, but have severe abdominal muscle pain from the retching. So, I lost a couple of days of work in the studio and some quality family time. I hope this phase is coming to an end. After feeling so good for so many months, I am not happy about this turn of events.


Mood Indigo

Thursday, August 15th, 2013


I frittered away most of today. I can’t remember what I was doing up until 2 pm when I headed down to the studio. Yesterday was a long day getting the Guild newsletter formatted and sent out. I knew that If I just got myself started, I would be a happy camper. Being creative is so energizing.

I mixed up some Jacquard indigo out on the patio and let it sit for an hour while I worked on the blouse that I am making. It was too big so I had to do some alterations. I also grabbed some  other fabrics to put in the indigo. The main reason for mixing up the indigo was to dye the shantung organza. I want to do another moon piece stitched to prefelt and shrunk. For my other piece, I discharged a circle. For this one, I wanted to create a circle resist. I drew a circle with a wash away pencil and then stitched it with a sewing machine basting stitch. I pulled the thread as tight as I could without breaking it. Then, I put a plastic bag over it and used a rubber band to close it tightly around the stitched circle. You can see it in the photo below. I folded the organza so that I have two sided to make two more shrinky dink quilts. I was very happy with the depth of color, too.


Here is my bucket of indigo.


If you have not done indigo dyeing, you might not know how it works. It is important to keep oxygen out of the dye mix so you must be very careful to not stir it or muddle with it. When the fabric comes out it is green.

indigounoxidizedAs the indigo oxidizes, it becomes blue. The more times you dip it in the indigo, the stronger the color.


This is a cotton gauze scarf shibori wrapped on a pvc pipe. There is also a scrunched bundle of fabric held together with a rubber band.


Here are the other results. The first is the cotton scarf – turned out really pretty.


These are the same fabric which was a wimpy yellow green color with some other colors in some areas. I particularly like the accordion pleated piece.


These were two different hand-dyes that I overdyed. The bottom piece had lots of green in it.


This was cotton shibori wrapped on a pole. I didn’t tie it, I just scrunched it.

polewrappedcottonI had dyed this shirt (originally white) when I did indigo dyeing with Stephanie a while ago, but the color was wimpy and not even. I really like it now.


I found some photos from our trip on my camera. This is what the sky looked like when we drove up I5 to Grant’s Pass. The smoke from the wildfires made the sun red and the sky gray.


I also found this photo of Paige. She had just discovered that she could put the little attachments on and take them off. Mark said she used to just throw them!! Such a wonderful age.


Wordless Wednesday

Wednesday, August 14th, 2013

WW 8-14-13


Tuesday, August 13th, 2013

stitched organza

So, after 6-7 months without an upper respiratory bug, I finally succumbed. Over the week-end, I had scratchy throat, earaches, headache, fever and did nada for two days. Yesterday, I had an SDA staff conference call and then a guild board meeting. That about did me in for the day. This morning, I felt as if the virus had subsided, but I now have inflamed sinuses. So, I have been doing frequent saline rinses and tonight I feel much better. I just have to stay on top of it. I have not had any antibiotics this year so far and I would like to continue that trend.

I was going to do some indigo dyeing on Friday before the consumption over took me, but then I realized I needed to prepare some fabric for dyeing. The piece in the photo is shantung silk organza. I have done some special stitching and tieing which I will reveal after it is dyed.

I bought some more prefelt in white and indigo blue. I want to do another stitched and shrunk piece using indigo fabric.

Today, I entered one quilt in the Quilts=Art=Quilts show in Auburn, NY. I have not entered this show in a while. I was in the show a couple of times way back when. Then the show got known and there was a lot more competition. The show has gotten better and better so this may be an exercise in futility!! I will let you know what I entered after I find out if it got in or not.

I will leave you with a photo that I think might need to become a quilt! Maybe an abstraction!