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Tuesday, August 09, 2016

building patchwork stash

suppose i am providing for autumn... 
so this post is about sun printing again, of which i did MUCH in the last two weeks.
the Cup Shows a number stencil print, which Comes from the sampler below.
i had started to Experiment with the leftover silk paints i had in my cellar.
after some Trials i fell in love with the navy blue, which i decided to take as a Substitute for Indigo.
as i had only Little of it left, i had to buy some new
(that is always how it ends up...! when i go to the flea market for selling [i only did it once!] i come home with more stuff than i had before - and i spend all the earned Money - and more...)
i had to make an online purchase.
and guess what?
50 ml cost  3,11€ 

275 ml   9,31€

1 liter  25,95 €   (100 ml = 2,60 €)
so, of course... my rudimentary maths said: don´t be a fool...
well, i´m sure i will use it up, one day.
and i had ordered these along with the blue (saves shipping costs;))
i might make a blanket with blue and Brown tones. 
cognac, amber and rust
(well, i suppose i could have achieved the amber tone also by diluting the cognac a bit more, but anyway... - it is a bit more yellowish)
i thought i might lay a soaked Piece of fabric onto the metal garden chair.
the pattern turned out well after drying.

then lots of stencil printing...
even cardbord die cuts work quite well 

i used old bed Sheets, here one with traces of mending...
and i had started to make some 6x12 (and other matching formats), too
with time i had amassed quite a stash of Patchwork pieces...
here some of them, already ironed and basted:

and i made some tinted strips (i can use them to even out unmatching parts of the quilt maybe, or Frame the edge, or...):

then i thought: it would be nice to have yarn in the same Color...
found this in my stash:
i soaked one strand in water first and then in diluted paint.
hung it to a branch over the glass to drip down the excess Color. 

i really like the variegated way it turned out...

working in the garden i had a Little buddy:
i just love him (he resides under a table in a sheltering nook of our garden),
especially because he eats the slugs!
and the cat´s Food of course.

there will be a Little blog break now.
next week i´m away on a sewing retreat for a few days.
when back i plan to go with son #1 to visit son #2 for a few days in Berlin.
the man will care for house and cat, as he can´t get off from work.
if all goes fine i will be back at the end of the month.
see you then! happy summer!

Tuesday, August 02, 2016

shostir chino

shostir chino
(i can see the question marks in your eyes;))
here you see a shostir chino on my mug of the week:
last week i did a lot of researches about kantha, the "original" Thing, beyond the well-known running stitch blankets (or whatevers);
you can get a lot of Information if you ask mr Google: "Kantha; the Embroidered Quilts of Bengal"
i repeatedly came across this Symbol in the samples i found:

it Looks like a pinwheel, and it is referring to the movement of the universe
(actually it is also seen in Hindu, Buddhist, Native American and other indigenous cultures throughout the world.)
it looked sort of happy to me (i thought of Christmas-time scandinavian peppermint lollies... what does this tell about me??)
and i looked for a pattern to stitch some myself:

on the blog of Judy Martin i found two Posts about it, too
here and here
 she does not pre-sketch it on the fabric, but i did.
it was stitching just for fun... maybe it will end up on a Holiday Cloth or something, who knows...
and if you have the time, you can watch a Video from an Exhibition in Philadelphia 2010   
unfortunately the catalogue is sold out and i can´t afford the Amazon sellers...
i Need a Sponsor;)

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

88 + ...

my Cup for this week´s post is made with a shibori sun printing,
because this is what i did most over the last days.
i think i have found "my" Color - one that is Close to indigo
(i´m not willing to make the "real" Indigo dyeing, at least not at this Point of my life).
so i´m using the silk paint from javana - navy blue no 8110 instead.
i wanted to make some "faux" shibori squares for some Patchwork to come (one day...).
i cut the White Cotton sheet first in squares of about 8,2 cm [3,25 Inch] (= 6cm plus seam allowance)
because it is easier to get good Patterns on smaller pieces - and they dry faster.
i dipped the squares into water first, squeezed them, soaked them in the diluted paint,
fished them out with tweezers and squeezed them again.
forming Little Cloth balls i let them dry for a few hours.

all in all it were 88 balls in the end, many of them here on the chair.
you might notice they became of lighter Color in the process of production, as the paint was thinned more and more by the water of my first soaking step...
(i started left upper side and layered them ClockWise...)
i should have added more paint along the making, but i like the graduation anyway.
it was fun ironing them...
like with cloud watching... you are seeking Pictures
finally i added a bit more of paint and made some other sun printing like last week, this time on Patchwork squares

now i have to iron them around my 6cm - cardbord square and baste them to make them ready for Patchwork.
and i will think about other Cloth to go along with them...

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

sun OR patience

this is one of my favorite summer quotes -
i took it for a digital page for ajj, though the photo actually is from last year,
as the current summer Looks like this:

my intentions had been to go on with my sun printing experiments,
because (as i already wrote in my last post) this technique functions on this theory:
Water evaporates from the exposed (uncovered) surface of the fabric faster than from the covered Areas. Water diffuses from the covered fabric (under the stencil) to the dryer (air exposed) fabric and is pulling the paint pigments along with it.
so i thought: this process should function without sunshine, too - but of course more slowly.
and i tried.
(this post is primarily for my own reference - so you Need not care about every Detail...
but i will forget if i don´t describe it exactly...)
last monday was the last sunny day i could work in the garden,
so here i took one of my michelle ward (green pepper press) stencils, the thistles:
above: the thistles turned out not so crisp (which i like anyway),
because i had not payed Attention and the wind had blown everything to the lawn (for a short time, i suppose)
below: i have the thistles in positive and negative (stencil and mask) form

i just love the pomegranate stencil from balzer design;
the deep pink is pebeo setacolor "oriental red" (looking more burgundy in the jar)
the skull is from Andy skinner,
 the stars are part of a carabelle stencil (cut and shared with Ulrike;))

i had a Little green diluted paint left which i soaked up with little (dampened) fabric pieces (pinched with the Hands to form a ball)
the small ones dryed quite quickly (outside), but the bigger blue ones took about three days (inside the house).
they tended to fall apart with time, so i will try it outside (in hot weather) again and maybe take a rubber band to hold it together. maybe thus some more whitish Areas can be produced?
the look has a bit of an irregular shibori technique.
on tuesday (a rain period with less than 15°C started...) i thought:
i will try the process inside
and: i might also use my old leftover silk paints (20+ years old) and try if i get good results...
they are more fluid than the (expensive) pebeo setacolor, which i could save for dabbing (as they are less fluid)

 i put the next pieces on the window sill in the kitchen
and let them dry over night (so you see: no sun is needed...)

the result was fine,
and i even liked the moons with the light halo around them better than the crisp ones of last week.
i had taken a very washed out bed sheet from my grandma-in-law (with some damask-like pattern)

meanwhile i had experienced that it was only a question of Patience: you can Substitute the sun/heat for time.
best is to leave the Piece laying unattended for half a day anywhere in the house.
the stencil has to lay really flat on the paint-soaked fabric.
here i took two Colors (blue and a light Brown) to blend into each other.
the stencil on the left is from carabelle, the Chevron pattern from Donna downey.

next step: i have a lot of plastic stencils ... but what if i use cardbord dye cuts instead?
increases the choice of motifs significantly...

i think the Windrose turned out fine...
(not very crisp - but that has its own charm)

on my next Trial i used cardboard/paper dye cuts, which were laminated on one side.
that should be good for spray painting, but here you see they tend to roll themselves up with drying time (by some reason the left one faster than the right part). i think i won´t go on with this variation very much...
(but i could try cut outs which are laminated on both sides)

here a stencil from dina wakley (left) and the spiral is from Andy skinner.
...then no time for further experiments on the Weekend...
summary so far:
  • dampen the fabric, then paint it with diluted fabric paint: you can use any transparent fabric paint, silk paints are also fine
  • always work with a foil/ plastic tablecloth underneath the painted fabric
  • to create a crisp pattern the stencil must lay on the fabric really flat (you can use natural objects, too... leaves e.g., but it should be more complicated to lay them flat (maybe press them for a day before?)
  • to make them washable: iron them
and finally i found a perfect summer drink:
  tea-bags to put into cold water and make a Kind of ice tea without calories (well, artificial flavours and stevia involved, but i am bored with only blank water all the time... so i think this will increase my consumption of liquids, which should be good)
and summer is supposed to come this week...