Although this cloth was completed a few months ago, I totally forgot about posting it here until now. Yes, this was Project Trois, or the Interstellar Hand. You may remember it was among my WIPS.
In the meantime, I found what I call “hidden cloth.” Really misplaced cloth. This was cloth I dyed with Quebracho Red, a natural dye which produces lovely shades of red, raspberry, etc. My cloth was natural linen–white and natural–which accounts for the mixed shades.
One of the pieces was stitched shibori style before dyeing. I am glad I finally located these panels as I contemplate stitching another piece.
Recently, I posted about playing with cloth, specifically the cloth samples my sis gifted to me. I decided to make some stars with them. Hand-embroidered stars. For each star, I grabbed 2 or 3 squares and sewed them together by hand. That provides a nice cushion for hand-embroidery, adds body to the square patch, and offers possibilities for future projects. They could be added to art quilts, added to clothing as patches, or made into sachets.
Due to an extended vacation in Norway, I am late getting started on natural dyeing. My dye plants were late getting planted. And so I found myself at the beginning of July without having eco-dyed or printed.
To the rescue: my younger sis, Shar, has been wanting to learn to eco-dye and print, so we scheduled a session last weekend. Everything was set up here, and she scoured her T-shirts as directed. When she arrived, we immediately mordanted her cotton clothing, allowing an hour or so for the process. Yes, we could have used additional time, but we needed to get moving on the printing process.
I had previously prepared a pot of black walnut and pomegranate liquid, to which I added hot water and a pinch of logwood powder (Shar likes dark colors). She rolled one shirt with fresh plant leaves only, using a bit of iron solution for dipping. She rolled the second shirt shibori style with tiles, CD’s and other mark-makers.
We didn’t have all day to wait for the pot to do its magic, so I sent her home with the pot and instructions to leave all materials overnight. Results:
Years ago, one of my sisters gave me a bag of scraps, some of them Laura Ashley samples. Every once in awhile, I bring them out of their hiding place and play with them. They are mostly small squares, perfect for making 9-patch quilt blocks.
With no particular plan in mind, I improvised and decided to sew a few squares together. Then I remembered reading about “chaining,” a method used by quilters to stitch small pieces together without stopping and starting your sewing machine. Once your initial pieces are stitched, you simply carry on by inserting the next squares under the needle.