In December, Jane Dunnewold of Art Cloth Studios issued a challenge to 12 brave and adventurous art cloth makers. This was the brief, in Jane’s words:
In December of 2007, I issued an invitation to surface designers through the Complex Cloth Internet list. Anyone who was interested in working on a dyed two yard length of silk habotai was to write to me and indicate interest. I put all the names in a hat, and drew out twelve participants’ names. I wanted it to be a democratic event.
I spent a happy evening reading the wonderful blog The Art Cloth Challenge. Go and have a look – it’s really worth it! And amazing to see what different cloth resulted from 12 people’s vision of the same piece of cloth and to read their journals about how they altered it.
I have been collecting onion skins for ages now, for dyeing, and I decided the other day that I was sick of the sight of them hanging round. So I mordanted some pencil roving and some fibre in alum (the pencil roving had previously been dyed with indigo but was fairly pale and patchy).
This is what it looked like all pristine and white:
This is it indigo dyed:
I boiled up the onion skins for about 45 minutes and extracted the dye and then simmered the roving in it. Haven’t got any photos of that stage but here is some silk which I did in the exhaust dye.
Now it’s hanging on the line:
Here’s the fibre I dyed, drying on some newspaper:
And here is a photo of the silk – it is actually a deeper colour than that.
After you were all so complimentary about my house fabric, I decided that I would list some in my Etsy shop…
You can find it here.
Here are some pics of it:
In case you missed it the first time round, here is my blog post where I used it for a house journal when I was doing the second of Sue Bleiweiss’s online journal making courses.
I have been rather neglecting this blog of late so I am going to try and remedy that by bringing in more details of my daily life and what I’m getting up to. And I’ve also decided to close my Daily Photos blog because I think the photos would be better incorporated into this blog.
A week ago I took the kids on the train to Weston-super-Mare for the day. It is only across the Bristol Channel from us as the crow flies but by land you have to go all around and through Bristol so I hadn’t been there for several years. It is a typical Victorian British seaside resort complete with pier:
As you can see, the tide goes out a long way! There weren’t many people on the beach because it was a VERY windy day!
It also has the usual beach stalls selling balls, wind breaks and other stuff, and a cafe to get your polystyrene cups of tea to warm you up. There are donkey rides, too, but I only got them inadvertently in the background of a video I took of the kids playing football.
We also discovered this elegant Georgian crescent.
I’ve been moving fabric around all week on my design wall, for this river hanging I’m doing. (Well, it started as two and I’m still not sure if I’m going to make it as one or two but we shall see. It’s useful having a camera to take photos at the various stages. I’ve got to a stage now where I think I’m fairly happy with it… the combination of fabrics together that is, no further than that…
The one on the left and the one on the right are two separate ones, although I might still make it into one long one with the green side at the top…. This was the first attempt.
This was the next attempt. Well, more like an in-between stage really!
Here is the next stage of the left hand size.
And the right side.
And this is how I’ve got it at present (ignore the fabric at the top). Apart from a few minor modifications…
Do you agonize over your fabric choices like this? !
Thank you, by the way, to Brandon, for pointing me to the solution for my Windows Live Writer problem with my other blog!! It’s now sorted!
Yesterday I had a fun day – I went to visit Gill of An Elegant Sufficiency to deliver the Print Gocco she had bought from me a few weeks ago. Sue of The Magic Armchair Traveller was there too. You can see photos of what we got up to over on Gill’s blog. Sue had fun on Gill’s embellisher machine and I got to play with Gill’s Bind It All!! This is what I made:
Amazing, just with a piece of cardstock, some cartridge paper, a guillotine and this little machine…
And Gill got going with the Gocco – from photo to finished product…
Here is mine:
And this morning I got something special in the post. One of the members of the Etsy Boomers Street Team put up a ‘fairy name generator’ on her blog a week or so ago. This was mine:
Your fairy is called Bramble Icedancer
She is a bone chilling bringer of justice for the vulnerable.
She lives in leafy dells and bluebell glades.
She is only seen when the bees swarm and the crickets chirrup.
She wears bluebell-blue dresses. She has icy blue butterfly wings.
The fairy names were so popular and the descriptions so evocative that Joan painted us an ACEO to represent our fairy. This is mine! You can see the rest of them on Joan’s blog. Thank you, Joan!!