Friday, August 22, 2014

Solar dyeing

My flowers just keep coming and coming, I'm trying to use them as fast as possible before the end of the season. Last week I layer them with a long length of wool fabric using cosmos, dyers chamomile and dyers coreopsis.


I filled a jar with boiling water and set it in the sun, checking the jar everyday for mold. After about a week it was ready.
It turned out wonderful, I love the different shades of color.

Cute little orange, yellow and burgundy prints.

My little neighbor girl with her flower scarf ready for winter.

Wednesday I spent the day at the American Quilters Society quilt show. Of course it is fabulous. My favorite part was this lecture on sashiko, traditional Japanese stitching. Carol Ziogas whose blog I follow was the speaker. I've been interested in sashiko for quite awhile and after listening to her I'm ready to get started.

I love this little quilt she made and is now quilting using the sashiko stitch. I thought it was made with vintage fabrics but they were all new.

This is a vintage piece that she stitching with the red thread.

New fabrics pieced and layer without batting in between.

I bought a couple of vintage pieces from the late 1800's/early 1900's indigo dyed from Japan.
I also bought the correct needles, thread and silk batting, ready to go, but oh no, I forgot to buy the correct thimble! Luckily she has a etsy shop where I can order one. But now I thinking I want to order more fabric and make a small quilt like hers.

If your interested check out her blog where she has tutorials on how to do the stitch correctly and link to her shop with lots of wonderful goodies from Japan. (which is on my bucket list to visit)

The show was filled with out of this world quilts. These are two I really liked.
The first titled Theatre

This had to be so much fun to make, like playing with paper dolls.

In each balcony is a different group of spectators.

Such wonderful details


All little stories of their own,


This next is a piece from Japan where she incorporates her own hand-woven fabric in the story.

The complete quilt,

but look closely, her woven fabric holds tree branches.

The fiery hot sun and trees.


Anonymous said...

Love the oranges...turned out great!! And cannot wait to see your Sashico quilting, I am sure it will be great! I agree with you, you need to make a quilt with the tans/blues, you will treasure it forever I am sure. The vintage fabrics are beautiful!! and you are right, the AQS show was great as usual...Deb C

Peggy said...

The solar-dyed wool is gorgeous! Right now I have some onion-skins brewing in the sun and an old tank top steeping in milk-as-mordant and soon the twain shall meet. Loved seeing the quilts and look forward to seeing what you make in this style! xo

Deb Hardman said...

Let's plan to do Japan together!

Loved the solar dyes. What beautiful color! Next year Warren says we can have flowers in the yard again.

His hand has healed well from surgery, & he will be ready to garden!

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