A nice pile of washed and pressed fabric. Some late night sewing. And patches and strips slowly coming together. I've been gathering pink fabrics since last winter, planning to make myself a light weight summer quilt. Well, summer is gone now, but no reason not to still make that quilt. These fabrics are a mix of pieces from my stash, vintage sheets, pretty cottons from op shop clothes, pieces from used cushion covers and pillow cases, and some favourite pieces gifted from friends. Four and a half inch wide of varying lengths between 4 and 6 inches stitched together. It's an easy, gentle project, perfect for a spare half hour here and there when I feel like being at the machine.
There's been some chat back and forth between myself and Peggy (in Colorado USA) about how to get green fabric from dyeing with plant material. So we decided to have a dye-along, to see what sort of colours and effects we each get, given that there are such differences in our water, plant sources and mordants and the effects these will produce on whatever fibres we use, whether silk, linen or cotton as well as the method used.
I've started with a blue cotton, a cushion cover from the op shop cut into small strips. The front has interesting patches of a waffle weave in white and a deeper blue and I'll be interested to see how these take the dye. The back is plain blue. They've been soaked in vinegar then stuffed into a jar with a couple of spoonsful of turmeric......blue and yellow make green right?...........and a piece of what I think is brass. I'm just leaving this one in the sun to "cook". India Flint talks about solar dyeing in her book Eco Colour and suggests "the process can test your patience as you burn to investigate the results". I don't have much patience, I might leave mine a week or maybe two...have to discuss that with Peggy, it's probably best if we leave our experiments for the same amount of time.
I want to do a couple more using different mordants and method .....not today though, I have a puppy wanting to go for a walk.