Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Works in Progress

Whirl winding towards spring break.  I love this time of the semester, we are all deeply entrenched in the schedule, deadlines are set - not looming, and there is a promise of a break on the horizon.  A break to catch up, but not really relax.

I'm finding myself caught up with school things, but behind on personal work.  I have a mountain of things to photograph, a finished weaving to wet finish, quilts in numerous stages of progress, tons of things to dye and of course my blogging.

I have a few photos to share.  Forgive the quality of the first one - I only had my phone near by to snap this one.  I was unbinding my indigo pieces that I stitched this past weekend and the Missouri Fiber Artists retreat and found a happy accident.  I used beads to help maintain a circle resist as they were all I had with me.  Beans, rocks and such can be used for the same effect, but I had beads on hand.  Apparently they were not color fast. They have left behind a residue of red-purple, with a red halo and then the bound white line where the thread resisted the indigo. I hope the color holds with the washout.


On the looms I have many works in progress.  At home, I have threaded a scarf to play with a twill weave structure.  I used a teal sock yarn that I've had in my stash forever and a little accent of handspun that was from a crazy random batt I made last year.  This handspun as everything in it - wool, alpaca, silk, bamboo and some firestar for sparkle.


At school we are finishing up tapestry weaving.  Tapestry weaving is very time consuming and brain consuming.  I both love it and hate it.  I does requite a lot of Zen mindfulness, but sometimes it is hard for me to work out in my head what I need to do next.  Of course now that my piece is finished, I'm already thinking I'll warp a loom at home to do more of it.  Here is an in progress picture.


I have an in progress quilt to show as well.  This one has been giving me a bit of trouble.  I'm not sure what direction to go in yet so it will be set aside until I figure it out.  The herons on this quilt were screen printed last semester at school onto white fabric.  I then painted the white fabric with Dye-na-flow to remove the starkness. I used a paper stencil to do a bit of sun printing, but the light wasn't great so I have more of a ghost image of a heron in flight.  Do you see it?

heron quilt

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