What have I done? – A work in progress update.

I know my blogging has been a little quieter as of late. It isn’t because I have run out of things to show and share, but more because I “had an idea”. Sometimes having an idea is dangerously time-consuming, which is exactly what has happened.

 sticky note

sticky note sketch

It all started with an idea for a stitched piece followed by a 5 second sketch on a sticky note. Some how this sticky note spoke to me a said “Let’s do this one big!” As luck would have it I had a piece of cotton mordanted up and so the size of the piece was determined……..35 inches by 46 inches. This is a good size for a piece being stitched.

tied piece of cotton

tied piece of cotton

I started with some tying.

dyed in logwood

dyed in logwood

A dip in logwood gave me the start of the background.

lac dye

lac dye

I was toying with a soft light theme of dawn or dusk so I decided the pink tones of lac would work.

dyeing in lac

dyeing in lac

Into the dye pot a second tying went.

dyed in lac

dyed in lac

The result was…….pink. So far so good.

silk thread

silk thread

It was then time to think about stitching thread. I had a large hank of silk thread sitting untouched since the fall. It had been sitting untouched as I really needed to roll it to make it more manageable and not tangle. I knew rolling would be a chore. I was right, but I did it anyway. Two hours later (and numerous knots) The silk thread was rolled.

dyeing thread

dyeing thread

Then an afternoon dye session of threads took place.

masking

It was then time to tackle the main piece. I started by masking off the areas I wanted dark and applied cutch dye.

iron wash

I then proceeded with an iron wash.

washed and dried

Once the piece was washed and dried I had softer tones to work on for the background for the stitching.

stitching

The hours of stitching then began.

river in progress - april 6

This piece is still in its beginning stages with so much more work to be done. An unbelievable amount of work. It is interesting to see stitching on such a large piece of fabric (35 x 46 inches), I just hope I can keep up the dedication and see the piece through to the end.

 

 

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14 thoughts on “What have I done? – A work in progress update.

    • It is a nice quick way to get a clean edge and see what I am doing on a big piece. Clearly I have painted too many rooms in our house and it has now stretched into my artwork!

  1. Stunning!! Absolutely stunning!! Stay focused on this one – it’s going to be magnificent. Did I tell you I really like it a lot??

    • This is definitely one of those arts/ crafts that have no rules. The size is a little intimidating. Thanks for checking it out.

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