Still Beading……

I am still beading. One week left to finish the piece completely. The sun (pictured below) was two days of beading in itself. The piece is starting to sparkle and might even be finished in time.

blog beaded sun

beaded sun

 

blog beaded trees

beaded trees

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.

 

 

How I Spent My Weekend ….. (or tying, tying, tying)

august bracelets blogMore bracelets all naturally hand dyed and hand tied by “moi!”. Tying was very successful this weekend, I played with adding some very fine naturally dyed silk thread and different beads. The colors in this set are different variations of madder, cutch and turmeric. I have new threads mordanting as I write¬†plus some new dye colors to come in the very near future. Building inventory has never been so much fun.

(Online store coming soon, but if you just have to have a bracelet, please use the contact info below!)

Studio H
(handcrafted & naturally dyed wearables and art)
email: studioh@shaw.ca
website: www.thehuntergroup.ca
blog: www.debrahunter.wordpress.com