It has been a very busy weekend for me. I managed to get the usual suspects (laundry, checkbook, shopping, cleaning...blah de blah) done and got lots done on the quilt. I also couldn't stand it any more and opened the onion stained silk. It has been sitting in the Mason jar for over 4 weeks now and India's book said to leave as looooong as you could. Well, I can forget the erosion package because I don't see it hanging in the Weeping Cherry outside. But the jar....well, I walk by it several times a week. So without further ado,
These are three different pieces of silk. The one on top is the onion skins wrapped in silk, sprayed with vinegar then stored in the Mason jar. The middle silk was in the crockpot with oak galls and simmered for about 2 hours. It was then put in the crockpot with onion skins that had already dyed the lowest piece of silk. These are for drapes that will grace my livingroom in the future.
This is the onion skins silk from the Mason jar. The colors are subtle but rich. I'm thrilled with these pieces.
I'm not as excited with the next group. But I do like the little pieces....I just haven't decided how or what I want to use them for.
These were the little bundles of leaves, silk and felt that I steamed in the crockpot. The colors are soft and earthy. A different color than tea stained that I have done previously. I will wait for inspiration.
The quilt. The quilt. The quilt.
Each square has been revisited and as I develop technique each square develops. How to choose colors, how to do soft corners, sharp corners, speed, curves and stops. Each of these decisions is influenced by each individual square. Each square reminds me of summers spent among flowers, meadows, mountains and bogs.
Blue Dicks. Shining in the tall grass.
Tiny blue trumpet flowers waving gracefully.
Snow Drops...on tumeric background....that needed some definition...
I can hardly wait for these Spring Lovelies to show up.
The dog walk today revealed a defrosted swamp and mostly bare ground....but no swamp cabbage or snow drops. No Christmas Rose or tulips poking their tips up and out into the overcast sky.
But...there was very little snow. Spring can't be too far away.