Monday, December 5, 2011

Stitchin' Fool

I finally decided to wash and use/wear the big shirt recently eco dyed, instead of overdyeing it.  There are too many projects in front of me to be bothering to try to redo something that's already cool the way it is.  The t-shirt in the photo was also eco dyed a couple months ago and I had ideas of doing it again, as well.  Both got washed today.  Hopefully this week I'll get to putting new buttons on the big shirt.  As for stitching on it, time will tell.

I'm still stitching away on the piece below.  You last saw the center section, here.  The discharged squares got stitched and beaded over the weekend.  Now I'm on the outside area, the green/brown shiboried linen.  Hand stitching the shibori.  With 30 wt. silk thread.  Tiny modified back stitches.  I keep asking myself why the heck I'm doing this.  I don't have an answer, I just keep stitching.

Still planning to attack my large stack of eco dyed fabric to design several new pieces, yes, hand quilted.  Meanwhile, I tinkered around with fabrics yesterday for the Fiberactions challenge and have two quilts in mind for that, one machine quilted cotton, one hand quilted silk.

All this hand stitching has given me a new appreciation for sewing thread.  The best stuff I can get locally is Gutermann, and I'm in love with their cotton, rayon and silk threads.  I still have a lifetime supply of DMC embroidery floss but it just isn't working for me these days.  Since I'm mostly hand stitching, and not embroidering, I suppose that's apropos.

Dinner awaits, and then likely more stitching!

11 comments:

Valerie Kamikubo said...

These are a feast for the eyes, Connie!

Nora said...

They are both very lovely, Connie. I really like the effect on the T-shirt. That's a great dyeing job on there. I don't think you can improve much on it. You're right to leave it just the way it is. XOX

Jeannie said...

As Valerie said, a feast for the eyes. I love the eco printed tee and the hanging is spectacular. I go hot and cold with threads also. Right now I like using tatting thread that I dyed this summer. Who knows what I will like next week. :)

stitchinglife.com said...

Marvellous work. Gutermann is my thread of choice for (constructional) sewing too. I find stranded threads difficult to work with, personally.

jenclair said...

Both are beautiful! Love the variety of color and shape in the second piece and can completely understand the need to stitch (and stitch, and stitch).

susan christensen said...

Hey, Stitchin' Fool - that piece is coming along great! your tenacity inspires. -sus

Lynda Howells said...

Love your work here. I love working with DMC embroidery threads and use them in EVERYTHING! Haxx You can never have enough Conniexxlynda

Alice Fox said...

Hi Connie, your quilt looks great! I'd be interested to know what kind of wadding you use? x

frazzledsugarplummum said...

Cool... you get to wear new tops. Liking your stitching.

yvette said...

great!

MulticoloredPieces said...

Hi, Connie. Your quilt is really neat. Hope you'll show some closeups of the stitching. Thanks for stopping by my place and commenting. Always enjoy hearing from you!
best, nadia