Sunday, 13 June 2010

...dyeing to stitch.....

Don't these threads just make you want to pick them up and hug them?!!




..... a lovely ball of hand-dyed mixed yarns....

...cotton and silk in yellow/pale brown shades....

...and a bundle of yummy other stuff on top!

Stitching has commenced on a piece of linen dipped in potassium permangonate...




...just running stitch in a pale silk thread that hardly shows but creates a texture.

Pieces of cotton have been dyed in red/brown shades...



...and Kuba shapes cut out ready to put onto the background cloth when the running stitch is done...



It feels nice to have a needle in my hand again :-)

10 comments:

ancientcloth said...

There is something about hand stitching that is so "soothing" or "meditative" to me. I like the sewing machine fir quick seams that will not be seen.
Love your yarns/threads (like candy)
and the beautiful dyed fabrics.

ancientcloth said...

p.s. I meant "for"...I am still asleep :)

Diane said...

Those are yummi *sigh* I love fibers so much...

ArtPropelled said...

Yummy indeed and i love the colour of the piece you're working on.

JP said...

that is uch a fantastic set of dyeing - shade perfect - what did you use?

Chris Gray said...

..stitching IS meditative...it allows me to think about things and about where to go with a theme..

..apart from Pot Permang, I always use KEMTEX dyes...acid/dyrect/disperse/procion MX...whatever suites the fabric/fibre..

These threads were skeined, soaked in salt, painted with dye then zapped in the microwave for a few minutes.

(The ones on top were bought - an Oliver Twists "Happy Bag")

Kaye Turner said...

I love Oliver Twists threads! The piece with silk running stitch looks delicious - fabulous colour.

LOVE STITCHING RED said...

Oh my goodness, you are so prolific right now. All those designs! You should write a book Chris. I love the hand dyed fabrics and threads. Those colours are so gorgeous! Love your stitching and finding all your shapes very interesting. You are developing such an interesting style

Love
xo

Jensters said...

Im loving those threads and i sure could hug them....stunning work.

nandas said...

well just look at you go!!! here i am just back from morocco and you have moved south.... we had a marvelous trip filled with so many textiles and designs that just wouldn't quit.... my head is full of beauty! i wonder how it will all get translated. i did manage to talk to a local dyer about henna dying... it is coming back!