I haven't been online as much for the last couple of weeks. I've missed a lot of blog posts by my favorite bloggers because I just check in occasionally, and then I'm overwhelmed with the number of posts in all my areas of interest.
I've been experimenting with eco dyeing...with less than outstanding results. All the pre-mordant, co-mordant, and post-mordant possibilities make the outcomes so variable, and I'm not keeping up with the details very well. The cranberry dye came out with a purple flavor to it, especially on muslin. The leaf and bark dye was also pink, but with less blue. The silk takes up any dye with much greater intensity than does the muslin.
My eco prints haven't been very successful at all, but I'll continue trying. And take better notes of what I'm doing.
India Flint's Eco Colour has been read cover to cover and perused frequently (often without my full understanding), but each time I return to it, my thoughts are a little clearer. Her blog (not all those who wander are lost) is also inspiring.
Since I'm only using small strips or squares, I don't mind the mistakes too much. I'm piecing together a tiny quilt of dyed and embroidered scraps. Taking some tips from Jude of Spirit Cloth-- I've been admiring her work and reading her blog for several years now. Her free and spontaneous style suits me since I'm not too good at following directions or patterns and love using embroidery (moodling) as a meditative process.
Embroidering these pieces and checking on my dye pots has kept me busy in a pleasant way.
Everwood while working on some of these. I enjoyed this series and didn't see it while it was running.
A little more work on the dolls has taken place, too, but I'm sorry to say they have been neglected for the most part.
Hope everyone is having a great pre-Thanksgiving Weekend!