Saturday, February 7, 2009

Hand Dyeing is Fun!

It has been quite a week. All though down most of the week with a bug, inspiration would hit and I did get a few things created. I have heard many describe their ribbons & lace as hand dyed pieces and often wondered what exactly is involved. Could it be as simple as dyeing Easter eggs I thought? Spent some time on line gathering information and viewing others work, then gathered together some bits and pieces. Since I didn't have real dye nor felt up to a trip to town I checked out the cupboards and found of all things a jar of beets that so far husband hadn't touched. What didn't take the beet juice to my satisfaction I painted in with red food coloring. I had a fun time and am pleased with the resulted. I see a Valentine in the making.
The top photos are my work in progress. This block was created during class this last November with Judith Baker Montano. I decided to try some new stitches (knotted buttonhole with beads) along with some old stitches. Many years ago (35 maybe, could it be?) I took a Brazilian Embroidery class with my sister in law Bonnie. Beautiful, detailed stitches using wonderful threads. I began filling in a section of the block with buillon stitches in a fan shape and then moved into flowers and buds. It was an inspiring afternoon home all day with the dog.


Queen Bee's Musings said...

Your stitches are great.
Glad to see you remember that long ago class.
Not sure I have it that well.
I have found myself under a bug this week also.
Glad to see your block.
Keep it going...

Queen Bee's Musings said...

I forgot to tell you.
Love the dyeing. what fun..,
did you know? That the horses of many colors on the "Wizard of Oz"
movie... were made colorful by food coloring?
Love your beaded grapes and stitches. Just did a close up of them. Wonderful!

quiltsewpieceful said...

I love your hand dyed things. We used to dye cross stitch projects that were soiled in some way while we were stitching them.

We used coffee, tea, or my favorite was our red clay sand we have around here. I am going to try to age some lace with it and see what happens.

You girls are opening up a whole new world to me.

Ira said...

I love you dyeing. Gret CQ.

Rengin Yazitas said...

You do an extraordinary work. Thanks so much for sharing.
Your beaded grapes are so nice, I loved them.
Best wishes,
Rengin, in Istanbul