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?