Wednesday, August 20, 2014

"40th Birthday" Table Runner- Part 2 of 2

The tussah silk circles...


                                           ...are beginning to 'melt' into the piece...



                                      ...and the entire project is starting to shrink.



                                                         A view of the back.



                                 I took special care with the edges of the silk pieces...



                                          ...rubbing a lot before I ever rolled...



                                            ...so that they felted in completely.



                              Because some of the pieces of silk fabric were gauzy...



                                    ...and some were a thick-and-thin seersucker...



                         ...different areas required different amounts of 'attention'. :)

                                  

                                                      The finished runner...



                                           ...in all of its 'green and purple glory'!



                                               The back of the finished project.



                        (Here's a comparison photo with another recent table runner.)



                                                        Happy Birthday, Melinda!



Monday, August 18, 2014

"40th Birthday" Table Runner- Part 1 of 2

                                                  Placing pieces of hand-dyed silk...


                                                ...on the bubble-wrap surface... 



                                   ...and covering them with a layer of wool roving...



                         ...followed by a perpendicular layer of silk and merino roving.



                                                     Wetting the project out...



                                          ...and folding the edges in for neatness.
     

                                            Flipping the piece back to side one...


                           ...and adding circles of dyed tussah silk as embellishment.


                            A friend of mine is celebrating a rather 'significant' birthday today...

               ...and even though age 40 is just the beginning of things for many of us...

                                           ...she doesn't realize this just yet.

                                   To soothe the ache of this large, round number...

                            ...I created a table runner for her in her favorite colors.

          And as far as the "certainty, and creative freedom that comes with aging" goes?!?...

                               ...she'll figure all of that out for herself soon enough. :)                              

                                               Next time: the finished project.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Plant Dyeing on Linen Garments

Tying leaf-and linen bundles...

...(plus one felt purse which I'll blog about later)...


                                                    ...prior to their immersion.



                               The linen pieces were mordanted with alum and milk...


                                       
                              ...and some of the plant prints came out quite clearly.



                               The overall shade of the dress is very yellow, though...



                      ...and though I do like it better than I did when it was plain white...


            
                                      ...I rather prefer the color of this linen jacket...

                                ...which we 'cooked' along with a rusty piece of metal.



                                 The overall tone of this garment is grey and pink...



                                        ...and the presence of iron in the water...



                                     ...also helped to make some of the leaf prints...



                                                 ...darker and more visible.



Thursday, August 14, 2014

North Carolina Sojourn- Part 2 of 2



                                            The 'très élégante' Grove Park Inn...



                             ...(with its spectacular view of the Blue Ridge Mountains)...



                                  ...was designed to mirror its natural environment.



                                  Filled with glorious Arts and Crafts furnishings...

                                               

                                     

                                                             ...and lighting...





                                          ...it truly is a spectacular place to visit!



The Battery Park Book Exchange and Champagne Bar was yet another highlight of my trip.


                                 A peaceful and nook-filled, book-lover's paradise...

                    ...it's packed with interesting tomes on all manner of subjects...



   ...plus, it's a great place to meet good friends for a coffee or a glass of wine!

                             (Here I am with my dear hosts, Paddy and Sandy...

                       ...and the delightful and indefatigable Chad Alice Hagen.) :)



Tuesday, August 12, 2014

North Carolina Sojourn- Part 1 of 2

       
                                            Paddy's bright and colorful studio space... 


...and my lovely and restful guest quarters.
    

                                   Felting 'flanged' mini-totes with Paddy and Vicki...

                                              ...while surrounded by nature...


...then indulging in a bit of experimental plant dyeing...

...with mordanted cotton and linen clothing items.


                                       We visited the Folk Art Center...


                                       ...of the Southern Highland Craft Guild...


                     ...and chatted with the lovely Charlie Patricolo about her cloth dolls.


                                       At The Laughing Seed Restaurant in Asheville...

                         ...our waitress sported these wonderful, petroglyph tattoos...


                                    ...and while drinking a coffee at Malaprop's bookstore...

             ...we met a talented and beautiful young illustrator, practicing her art.


               We spent a fun morning at the Grovewood Gallery...                                 


                                       ...enjoying their outdoor sculpture garden...



                                 

                                                 ...and beautiful plantings...


                         ...before heading into the historic Grove Park Inn for a peek.

                                                             (Next post.)