Saturday, March 04, 2017

Bits and Pieces and Strings

Wow, it has been almost a week since my last post.  My apologies for being an "absent" blogger.  I have been working on several projects - one of which has been house cleaning.  Luckily I forgot to take photos of the housework.  

Fabric dyeing has been one project I am working on. Several pieces of fabric have gone from white to bright.  Some are more colorful than others.
This one reminds me of an inkblot test

I was thinking this blue and green was a bit pale, but it looked
nicer out in the sunlight.  I may do a bit of overdyeing to intensify
 the colors

This piece was folded in half and I didn't realize it. I wanted more of an orange
transition between the fuchsia and yellow.  But I can certainly use this. 

The odd shape of this was caused by the cut at the end of the piece from the
merchant. I didn't square it up before I dyed it. 
Another thing I started was from a free class on Craftsy called Chemo Caps.  The first part is knitting a scarf. I haven't gotten far, but it is working out.
Some scrappy "parts" were calling out to me so I sewed the three sections into one cohesive piece.
I may just keep adding to this until it is lap quilt size. It is certainly a fun piece.  The crazy strips were made with a paper piecing technique that I learned in the Quick Strip Paper Piecing class on Craftsy.  I think the instructor used them as a wonky border.  I like them as a main design element.

Meanwhile, I have cloth soaking in dye.
These are "stacked" color pieces.  I am using recycled containers that had cake icing in them.

This is an attempt at a three color gradient dye in a plastic shoebox. 

Another three color gradient - this one is in a wallpaper tray. 
I have to wait until later to wash out the dyes - did I mention that patience is not one of my stronger virtues? I will try to make it until 8 pm before I do the washout. If I were really patient, they would stay until tomorrow morning.

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A Left-Handed Quilter said...

Your "Squirrels" are far more colorful than mine - but I think I have just as many - LOL - ;)) said...

Love the fabrics! I have a bunch of the old polyester fabrics. Any ideas on what to do with it?

Barbara said...

Much more fun to look at than housework photos. The paler one reminds me of the earth from afar.

Vicki W said...

That blue and green one would be perfect for a landscape background.

Barb said...

You have been quite busy....and I love your little makes me pause and go hummmmm....I love it. Love your fabric as well.

Rachel said...

These are beautiful fabrics, I wish I had the confidence to do my own dyeing.:) I especially love the blue and green, very pretty.

Royce said...

Oh I love fabric dying - yours looks great. That can be a big project but really fun.
And you have such yummy stuff when you are done. Can't wait to see what it all becomes.

Janie said...

So much fun going on here!
Your paper piecing is great, thanks for sharing.

Jeanna said...

You've been very productive. I like the yarn you are using for the scarf and the fabrics you are dyeing is fabulous as usual.