Sunday, 13 February 2011

...lots happening in the gap....

Heck!...it's been a while...

...but we've had some major computer glitches AGAIN!

Intermittent internet has meant that I've hardly spent any time on the lappy over the last couple of weeks.

Must say though....I DO get an awful lot more done if I know the computer is off limits :-)


Most of the time has been spent up to my elbows in dye-stfuffs...

...but I now make sure I use my super-duper-yellow-marigolds...

...that are so long...I could birth a calf!

After having bright orange hands on Christmas day...

...followed by turquoise...jade green...and cerise on various other days...

...and little itchy patches happening...

..I went and bought a few pairs of suitable gloves to work in.

I've been dyeing cotton fabric, 28/2s cotton thread and felt.

It's been such fun...

...and I was delighted to find that (with a little tension fiddling)...

...my lovely threads can be used on the sewing machine :-)))

So I did a bit of machine quilting...






...with some hand-stitching to finish off of course!

I'm loving these threads...






...and have even been moved to use them for a bit of canvas stitching!



They worked brilliantly for that too...

I decided to "fiddle" with the felt a bit...

...and have developed a process that stiffens the fabric quite a bit, and also seems to concentrate the colour on the surface.

The result is a lovely textured felt that is stiff enough to take quite a bit of stitching, and can be used easily for small jewellery items.

Here are some of the colours...














Now I can spend some time stitching onto it :-)

17 comments:

ASpinnerWeaver said...

These are all lovely, Chris.
I especially like the canvas stitching, but no wonder because it involves little patterns, which you know I am crazy about!
~Annie
www.ASpinnerWeaver.com

Chris Gray said...

....ahhhhhhh...yes...

...little patterns.... :-)))

deanna7trees said...

just love your quilted pieces and the colors of the threads are gorgeous.

MrCachet said...

I'm curious about the Indian wood blocks used for printing (or stamping) and where you obtained them. I'm here via Seth.

stitchinglife2 said...

The felt came out really well. And I love those threads - your own hand-dyed? Are they wound onto old bobbins, or can you get bobbin 'blanks'?

Mermaid's Purse said...

Love the machine quilting with your dyed threads, very pretty ......... who needs a Sashiko machine (not quite the same I know but) with stitching like that !!!!

Chris Gray said...

Yes Karen...all my own hand-dyed threads....

..found the bobbin blanks at a flea market some time back, but maybe they can be bought somewhere...

My thoughts exactly Shelley!

...especially when the Sashiko machine is almost £1900.00!!!

My Pfaff does a pretty good imitation sashiko anyway, but with "normal" machine thread :-)

Joei Rhode Island said...

Felt, Felt ...Beooootiful Felt!
Lovely colors....both the felt AND the hand-dyes.

tastykaeru said...

Wow, what beautiful colours! And that felt is very tempting... happy stitching!
Kate x

Penny said...

When I see what wonderful colours you have I wish I was a dyer, but I dont think it is to be. such lovely colours in both felts and threads.

threadmedley said...

Love the machine stitching! And all the beautiful threads stitched on canvas too! You do so many wonderful things, Chris. I never know what to expect next.

JP said...

Chris i just love it all!!!!!!!!!!!!

JP said...

love the canvas work - the colours are really subtle - the felt is looking good too

Eva said...

You are a master of colour harmony. And always have been.

Diane said...

This felt is gorgeous! Oh I bet you are in fiber heaven right now :D

Lynda Howells said...

I too have had red hands and today they are yellow...but l hate gloves! love your threads. How do you dye your threads ..natural or chemical dye? Also how do you get an even dye on your threads.?.they are beautifulxxlynda
http://tryingtocreatearteveryday.blogspot.com
ps...nice to see you back. x lynda

Lynda Howells said...

thanks for answering my questionsxxlynda