dyeing play day: Shibori

Yesterday was bright and sunny (albeit cold). I decided to ‘play’ with Shibori, a Japanese term for a method of dyeing cloth by binding, stitching, folding, twisting, and compressing. (Here’s a link with a little DIY-Shibori how-to.)

dye pot_sheepyhollow

Katie likes purple. I used inexpensive flea market (100 % cotton) shop towels and Rit dye. I thought I’d get a feel for the technique of wrapping, before I used bed linens and indigo!

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There’s definitely a learning curve!

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No where near perfection, but, oh what fun!!

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Happy Day!

weekend bits

Matt and Katie came home this past weekend (quite unexpectedly). Needless to say, it was so good to have them home even though I accomplish very little… perhaps it’s a good excuse to just ‘visit’ instead.

I did fiddle with yarn bits and charms, ribbons and buttons. I managed to create a few brooches/pins. Perhaps it will hurry Spring along!

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A great stash buster… almost instant gratification!

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Year of the sheep (goat).

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sheep brooch

You never know what those little bits of yarn and ribbon might inspire!

playing with bits and pieces.

heart_sheep embellishment

Crochet a little heart with simple twine. Needle felt a tiny heart with some hand-dyed wool roving. Add a bead or two; copy a vintage photo onto card stock.

Play. Stay warm. Mix it up.

hand dyed_sheep embellishment

Sweet sheepy sentiments. Gift to a fiber/sheepy friend. Smile.

another cushion: adaptation

I am inspired by the lovely ATSWIM – TWO BIRDS hand-work!! Perhaps slightly infatuated!!

Here is my very first adaptation/creation.

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The eagle has landed!!

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Another chair-pad option for Katie??! Her school apartment bedroom colors are gray and purple. (She’s coming home this weekend – WOO HOO!!)

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This chair cushion is made with various hand-spun, farm-raised and store-bought wool/mohair yarn. I learned a lot from this project. It was fun; I think I’ll make more.

before / after (felted cushion)

I wanted to make Katie, my daughter, a chair pad (or meditation cushion, heehee) for her apartment bedroom desk chair.

I had THIS hand-painted wool roving in my wool stash long enough. Perfect!!

hand dyed roving

I cut a circular ‘resist’ from bubble wrap to place in the center (between the front and back) of the cushion. Here you can observe the initial layering of the wool roving.

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Someone mentioned it looks a bit like ‘Cousin Itt’ from The Addams Family (a 1960’s television series).

For the reverse/back side, I used a natural colored gray wool. Here you can see the ‘chair pad’ is already felted… but, I wasn’t particularly happy with the results.

wet felted pad

 

Never fear!!! Remember, there are NO felt failures!!

pads X2

 

I cut it apart and now I have TWO 15-inch diameter circular cushions/felted mats to work with.

Rather than re-sew the hand-felted pieces back together, I opted to use recycled gray wool (which I felted/fulled in the washing machine) for the back. I was quite concerned that my little sewing machine would bog-down trying to sew the REALLY REALLY THICK (dense) hand-felted pieces!!! YIKES!!!  😦

But… it all worked out in the end. I also purchased a piece of foam cushion from Jo-Ann Fabric Store for the ‘stuffing’.

And, viola!!

hand painted hand felted _sheepy hollow

Katie’s new cushion (a belated Valentine gift); Dennis and kitty approved!!

Happy fiber’n!!