Friday, November 6, 2015
So my idea was to use the berries in my yard to see which ones could be boiled with water, and what would the color become from water to fabric.
The burning bush produced a peach color. Then I took a scrap strip snd rubbed it in the cooked berries, mashing them into the fibers. A beautiful pumpkin like orange came about.
Wanting to enjoy the weather, I went outside and rolled in the leaves, and pounded leaves into a piece of fabric. Yellow leaves and brown leaves had no color. Green leaves produced green, burgundy leaves and red leaves produced a bluish purple.
I will find other fabrics to make strips into and begin to weave. I may even do some stitching on the strips first.
Today, as I was walking down my driveway to mailbox (post box), I noticed my burning bush having berries.
To make a long story short, Spirit Cloth, founder, artist, Jude, has free classes. I have always wanted to take her classes. She is a blessing. So last night and today inspired me to see if I could dye some fabric like muslin.
Monday, October 5, 2015
Now let me tell you, I go from decorating shabby chic, to folk, to scandinavian to French Parisienne/country to industrial chic
I sat one day making charts of each:
Garden fixtures brought indoors
Chicken coop wire
Plain lined furniture
Odd little nic nacs
Linen, cotton, wool fabrics
White, cream, yellow/-gold, blues
Statues, busts and heads ofcwomrn, children, angels
Worn out tapestry furniture
Outdoor garden ideas
So what am I?
Some people say ecclectic. Some say bohemian. Oh yes, I love those too.
Cant afford to keep changing.
So, because it is fall, the folk art comes in. I have collected pine cones and acorns.
I have been drying hydrangea and herbs, rosehips and artemesia.
I have a couple antique Martha Washington bedspreads. Washed them good and am cutting them up to make pumpkins for decorating, giving as gifts and selling in the vintage shop I have space in. Dont worry, these are older spreads an don't look pretty as spreads anymore. They are being put to better use.
I love looking at what other artists come up with... inspiring. Then I draw my own patterns.
I recently had carpal tunnel surgery and trying to handsew.
The question now is to grunge or not to grunge...
Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Wow, my apple trees dropped so many apples and that is good because we have never gotten time to prune, so the trees are huge; so tall that you could never climb.
I have made sauce, sold a bag, and now apple butter in the crock pot.
I have an inexpensive dehydrator, so I am going to try to dry them.
I agree, they aren't beautiful, but they are saving me a lot of money and so convenient to go right into my yard and pick.
The recipe called for milk, which I only had skim and half and half in the fridge, so I mixed them, and as you can see, it had no affect at all in changing the way they rose.