Friday, November 23, 2012

Holiday Fiber Exchange

We had a fiber art exchange for the holidays on The Felting and Fiber Forum. Today I received my gift from Judy. It's beyond amazing and Judy put so much work into it. What a treasure!

 It's a Christmas book. This is the front page. It is 10"x10" without the fringe.
 Here's a close up. You can click on the photos to see a larger photo.
 Here's the second page.
 Third page.
And the back page. Isn't it wonderful? Thanks Judy, I love it and I appreciate all the work that went into it.

I am heading out to my stitch class next week so I won't be posting next week. I'll post about my class when I return.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Where's the Purple??

I needed to dye some 30/70 wool/rayon felt for my upcoming stitch class. My initial plan was to dye a rich chocolate brown. We will be using the felt to make beaded books and I was planning on using gold beads. Luckily,  I remembered that this type of felt loses a lot of color when dying with Procion dyes and the brown might not have been recognizable. So I decided to go with red violet and violet.

 Here's the felt after the dye was applied.
 I made several pieces in case I didn't like one of them. And I went really dark because I didn't want pale colors. Since this is a mix of plant and animal fibers, it is hard to get the colors to take well.
 This is the first piece I rinsed out. Eeeeek! It's pink. Not at all what I wanted. It batched for four hours.
 Here is it up against one that hasn't been rinsed. The blue just washed away. So I left the last two pieces for 48 hours before rinsing.
As you can see, the bottom two pieces still have a little purple left. But not at all what I was hoping for. So I decided I would put the felt into a blue acid dye bath. I redyed them for an hour simmering in blue dye.
I am still  unhappy with the result. It is a bit more purple but closer to maroon. At least it's not pink. I may have to resort to Dye-Na-Flow paint if I really want purple. I still have to fuse a layer of organza to the surface so perhaps I'll go with a really dark organza and that will solve the problem. My hands are all blue but the felt isn't, sigh.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Hand and Machine Stitch Samples

 It's still been busy around here and I'm still working on my stitch homework. These are some stitch samples that we started in class. This sample includes a machined cord, simple tassels and cheesecloth.
 This is another machined cord with tapered ends.
 Here's a different use of cheesecloth.
 More machined cords, the top one has wire inside.
 On to hand stitch samples. This is velvet stitch. The loops can be cut for a more "furry" look.
 This should have been up with the machine stitched samples. The point was to integrate  a fringed edge into the piece. I didn't get the full length of the fringed bits into the photo.
 This is "knot on a stalk", a variation of French knots.
 Here is a sample of detached chain stitch purposely leaving the stitches loose.
 This is ruching. For those of you who are felters, this is done with stitching as opposed to nuno felting.

These last two photos are of one of my print to stitch pieces.
It is supposed to be a heron but it's neck shrunk with the stitching. He looks more like a goose to me now. I only have a few more weeks to finish my homework. I only have two more pieces to finish but they are taking a while. Wish me luck.!