This is really one of those “let’s see what happens” pieces. I cut a shape out of factory cotton, stitched with roving, beaded the piece and then dyed the piece before the final stitching. For dyeing I wrapped the piece with a few onion skins and very few marigold petals, and then bundled it up tightly with elastic bands. First I steamed the piece, but the color wasn’t quite what I wanted. I then placed the piece in water and a few more onion skins and simmered for a bit, and let it sit for a few days. The piece was finally washed, dried, stuffed and stitched.
The color shifts are very subtle between the marigold and onion. I think the shifts may be soft as the piece is quite small making it harder to have the marigold and onion make firm contact. This is definately a style of working I will try again. I like how it is a bit unpredictable.
This piece measures 4 inches in height, 2.75 inches wide and 1.25 inches in depth. Materials used are cotton, glass beads, wool roving, onion skins and dried marigold.