Monday, October 28, 2013

A "Blog-versary" and Hand Dyed Threads

I can hardly believe it... I began this blog 5 years ago.....well, actually....5 years plus a week ( kinda let the "blog-versary" slip by)

In my very first post I said:  "Blogging is a new concept for me. I have absolutely no clue as to what I am doing just yet but I have never let that stop me before. I have found many blogs to be intriguing and inspiring. What will I bring to this forum?....I do not know. I will just have to see where this leads."

Over the past 5 years, I have stitched, stamped, carved, drawn, painted, stenciled, beaded, dyed, printed, discharged, inked, doodled, designed, batiked and papercut, in addition to cotton and wool, I have used leaves, rocks, dryer sheets, paper, metal and other "found" objects. It has been 5 years of experimentation and exploration, I am loving playing with everything I can get my hands on.

This past weekend, I spent time dyeing threads, I decided to see what results could be obtained using just 3 colours of dye.


After creating several skeins with plain, off-white mercerized cotton.....about 15 yards in each, I soaked them in a soda ash solution, then, mixed up a yellow, an orange and a cherry red dye.


I saturated the cotton with dye in a variety of ways, each giving different effects.....I think my favourites came from applying dye to specific areas using an eye dropper. Here is a closer look at a few of them





18 comments:

Kat said...

They are all beautiful. My favroites are the multi colored skeins.

Terry said...

very pretty, amazing what some people can do!

Gill said...

Gorgeous! I love the multi colours!

Carrie P. said...

Beautiful thread. Happy Blog-versary!

Raewyn said...

Congratultions on your blogaversary :-) I love the colours of your threads!!

Robbie said...

Wonderful results!!! now to put them to fabric!

What Comes Next? said...

beautiful colours! Congratulations on 5 years - sounds like you've packed an awful lot of play time in there, not to mention inspiration and just plain eye candy!

Renate said...

Congratulations! All the experimenting you managed in those 5 years is amazing!!

landscapelady said...

5 years- goes by quick doesn't it. I want to thank you for all the sharing you have done in those 5 years, I've learned more from your blog than all the others put together.You inspire me to get out of the box and create something that is unique and beautiful (or unique anyway) :-)

those threads are gorgous! I can see them being used on some wool as an accent with your lovely hand stiching.

patchouli moon studio said...

Happy 5 blog years. I have been blogging just a few months longer than you, but only found your blog a month or so ago. I love the dyed cotton skeins! Looking forward to seeing how you use them.

LynCC said...

It looks pure fun!

The Inside Stori said...

Yikes....I wanted to reach through my computer screen and grab the skeins!!!

Createology said...

Congratulations on 5 years of blogging. Amazing where your journey has taken you and all that you have achieved. These dyed threads are gorgeous. You never disappoint with your amazing talents dear. BOO-tiful...

Clare Wassermann said...

I must have read you for four years and all your posts are interesting and informative....I love them and your threads are super. Very useful I must say.

Mary Ann said...

Oh lovely:) Happy Blogaversary!!!!!

Amy Johnson said...

Pretty, pretty!

Karen Martin said...

Pretty!

Karen Martin said...

Pretty!

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