A Daily Blog on Textile and Garden Adventures

16. May, 2019

I had never thought of using weeds to dye with. Here is my first sample piece using Herb Robert a weed that is prolific in my garden. I had some buttercup leaves n there too but they don't seem to have printed

15. May, 2019

This sample has liquidamber (sweetgum leaves and a mild iron blanket. I have used a variety of leaves in bright read and gold colours all underside down. I haven't decided how to stitch this bit yet

14. May, 2019

Here is the first completed sample. There is a tree on my way to work that is a Forest Tulip Tree and at this time of the year the leaves are turning from purple to red and dropping off in abundance. People think I am crazy as I can't help myself stopping to pick them up. The leaves on the sample above are printed right side down on the left, underside down on the right with a mild iron blanket. I have stitched them with a thin layer of pellon underneath and added clusters of small beads at the base. The negative space will be machine quilted when the sections are joined together so that the leaves will stand out in more prominence then

13. May, 2019

This was an exercise that was quite time consuming but very worthwhile. I was surprised how easily the white was overwhelmed by colour and how little black needed to be added for the shades. We started our with 6 squares of colour on water colour paper. The top squares were painted black or white. colour was then added to the monochromatic to achieve a mid shade. From that the darker and lighter colours were made be adding more colour or adding the mid colour to white. Even though I knew you started with the lightest colour and added the darker colour to it, it was easy to forget and need to start over. Creating the two colour palettes for each of the 12 colours on the colour wheel took quite a while but it was worth it and these will be useful in identifying what colours make up a colour in a fabric. I mixed my colours on a sheet of laminated white paper and this provided an excellent palette - an idea from Laura Kempthorne. And I kept the white and black in a well palette as these were a constant.

12. May, 2019

It was a grey and dreary Saturday and I wasn't working and everyone was out so I thought it a good opportunity to work on the colour theory exercises Jane Dunnewold had set us. Here is my hue identifier colour wheel. The monochromatic hues go from white at one end to black at the other and as you can see have gradations in between. The holes in the colour swatches are to help identify relevant hues of the fabric underneath. While I am not a painter per se it is always an advantage to better understand colour and its effects and how different colours are made up as it then helps with fabric/textile selection. I am really enjoying this course and creating tools that can be used going forward.