My love affair with dyes and silk continues. I just love the way colour is transported serendipitiously to the folds in silk fabric. Also allowing the dye colours to travel to form abstract shapes. Anything that moves away from realism attracts my hand and eye. A small sample is shown.
Today was spent stitching with Daughter of Dowling group of ladies whereby we all worked with Kantha Stitch (or running stitch as it is often referred to).
My piece is hand-stitched on 4 layers of cheesecloth, so it feels beautifully soft to touch. Experimenting with imagery I decided to include knots to give extra texture. Used my hand-dyed thread to give colour change.
I am feeling a little hooked on Kantha Stitch. The meditative feeling it gives while stitching is so relaxing. A bonus!
Summer heat has been more humid than in past years…providing temptation to escape into books, then escape into my stash.
Over the years I have gathered lots of lovely laces, silks, embellishments and more, so feeding another one of my escapes, making bookmarks.
My friends love these little pieces of book-art.
The quietness of entry to the new year has brought time to consolidate. Deciding on what I dont want to do, has been as important as spending my time as I really want.
So the heat of Australian summer has taken me to the depths of under our house, to my dyeing room to experiment more with dyeing silk scarves.
This is one result!
At the end of each year I usually find myself reflecting on the past, with views to improving my activities for the future.
These up-to-date photos of our airedale terrier, 2 year old Roxy, reflects my current state of mind. Quiet thinking time rather than lots of activity, seems to be what I need for the beginning of 2015.