Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Drying and stitching ......

Now this is the sort of washing I like to see hanging on the line..... some more eco dyeing.  It's lovely to see it fluttering on the line, seeing how the colour has taken.  Most of these are silks.  I used vintage kimono silk, silk velvet, flannel blanketing and felted wool.

 The pieces below had some 'purple carrot' in the bundles....what amazing colour they gave off.  My friend Nat gave me a couple of them to try....I will definately be on the hunt for them now.

 Pieces of an old silk dress dyed with eucalyptus leaves (the tan/orange) and the darker colour was achieved using metal to wrap the fabric around.
 More of those Purple carrots...this time the piece was wrapped around an old piece of exhaust pipe and put in the dye bath.  I love the grey colour from the metal and the spotty look at the bottom.

 And above,  little more stitching to my cloth (click for a closer look).  The rainbow bird is finished...he has arms and legs now.  Plus some stitching around the Magic Pony....lots of x's  and above him some birds feet stitched (variation of fly stitch).  It was Australia Day on January 26th so I stitched the Southern Cross  on this small piece of cloth to celebrate the day and more mark making stitches.  The moon is a moonday moon (visit Peggy's blog to find out more).  I've even tried a bit of paper pieces which I have decided I love!!!  So easy to pack a little bag of pieces to take when you are out and about.  And if you look really closely I have stitched over a little silk heart with my mark making.... it is valentines day soon!

Close up of some of the stitching.

DANCE
WITH COLOR
ECSTATICALLY

-SARK-

Have a great week.

Jacky xox

24 comments:

Ro Bruhn said...

These fabrics are gorgeous Jacky, can't wait for show and tell. Where do you find your old silk fabrics?

Penny Berens said...

Oh, Jacky your cloth is looking very beautiful as are the dyes...think I'll be looking for purple carrot seeds this spring!

ArtPropelled said...

Your cloth is looking wonderful Jacky!Love the checks with stitching at the bottom of the piece and the SARK quote which actually compliments the cloth.

Suzanna said...

Lovely cloth, Jacky...I'm inspired by the dyeing, and those purple carrot dots...

handstories said...

who knew what a purple carrot could do? i wonder about a purple potato? i dreamt about hanging laundry & was happy to see your beautiful version here.

Rachel said...

I think I read somewhere that carrots were originally purple - how astonishing1

A bird in the hand said...

Jackie, you take my breath away.
Well done!

Colette xox

deanna7trees said...

wonderful cloths on the line. i'm on the lookout for purple carrot seeds. i've never seen a purple carrot before.

kaiteM said...

Jacky your colours are exciting, and i've been growing purple carrots for a while and thinking about using them, now i must try. Did you use only the carrot or the tops as well?

Kasha Rolley said...

Wonderful effects and what great stitching. Very clever Jacky.

Notjustnat said...

Wonderful and beautiful cloths. If I didn't go with you I would have been jealous to bit! Love love the stitched piece too. The horse was hand applique, great job! Love Nat

Zorana said...

You achieved such lovely, earthy colors. I wonder what will become of those pieces of fabric. Your cloth looks like a beautiful painting. I can't get enough looking at all the stitches...

Robin Olsen said...

I can just imagine being out for a walk and glancing over and seeing all that glorious laundry on the line!

Philippa said...

Oh Jacky - fabulous results from your dyeing. Mine is very poor-Tasman cousin by comparison but I will photograph and get it posated over the next couple of days.

There is nothing for it - I will just have to keep experimenting! Thanks for sharing. Take care and don't work too hard (always a good mantra at this time of year!) P

grrl + dog said...

If you take a look at Vivienne Westwood's latest Anglophile range of clothes,

they are all eco dyed!

What has India Flint started??

Gaby Bee said...

Your cloth is looking gorgeous Jacky!
Love your stitching as always!

I wish you a happy rest of this week and a fun upcoming weekend.

Hugs,
Gaby

woman with wings said...

Oh my gosh, I wish I had a clothesline that looked like yours, Jacky! Amazing. Did the purple carrots give both the blues and the purples? Purple carrots, I'll have to look for the seed. Wow!
Your cloth is coming along so beautifully, you've done so much stitching! I love everything about it. And thanks for the mention. xo

Marilyn Rock said...

Wow Jacky! This is my kind of "clothes line". Your fabrics are gorgeous and I love the effect of the exhaust pipe! Incredible. Everything comes together so beautifully! xxoo

kaiteM said...

Jacky i saved some of my purple carrot tonight when i cooked them, and the tops too, they're in the fridge. and i noticed that Coles has purple carrots in the fresh foods section.

karen said...

such beautiful surfaces....wish my washing line was so pretty.....at the moment it is covered in ice!

Dot said...

Very beautiful washing Jacky! Love seeing your fabrics hanging out on the line. And I enjoyed seeing sections of your cloth up close today (your pony is lovely and a big magical too I suspect). Your cloth is shaping up beautifully.
Thanks for a great day today. It was lots of fun.
Dot xx

Patti G. said...

Jacky, these fabrics are gorgeous and your HAND STITCHING on your piece....just breath taking! Great work doll!
xoxoxoxo
Huggies,Patti

Jenxo said...

oh gorgoeus cloth Jackie, and love seeing the dying results too, it must be so much fun experimenting...

Linda said...

Oh I ♥love♥ that little Magic Pony ....he's so beautiful!!
Great work Jacky.
XX