Friday, March 9, 2012

Enduring Traces

I finished this eco dyed, hand quilted piece yesterday, calling it October Oak.  It's 26x15 inches of recycled linen.

I especially love the prints I've gotten with these oak leaves.  I don't know a lot about oak trees except that there are quite a few in the genus.  The "tree" I get these leaves from is more of a shrub that started as a volunteer right on the edge of the bluff where I live.  Its 3/4 inch branches have repeatedly been cut back so they don't block the view.  It's a small bush I could virtually put my arms around if it were standing on solid ground and not entwined with various other plant life.  But, small is beautiful, I love its leaves.


I'll be having a show of eco dyed hand quilted pieces at Yarn in April.  Yarn is a tiny, very wonderful yarn shop on 2nd Street in Old Town Eureka.  I'm calling the show Enduring Traces ~ recycled, eco dyed, hand quilted fabric.  So for most of the rest of March I'll be working on new pieces for the show.  Deadlines are good, they definitely inspire one to be more productive than usual.

14 comments:

Gerrie said...

I am LOVING those oak leaves.

deanna7trees said...

beautiful oak leaf prints.

Sandra Rude said...

Beautiful piece, Connie! Our local oaks seem to be all the type(s) with tiny leaves, nothing one could make an eco print with :>(

Jeannie said...

Gorgeous! I love oak trees and will do some sleuthing about your little oak. Our yard is too small for one of the big guys. The oak I know I don't want is a pin oak. Our neighbors have one and it looses its leave when the new ones come out in the spring. Wishing you a beautiful weekend. (Are you having warm temps? It may be 70 here today. Snow on Monday and a heat wave today!)

Els said...

Good luck with your eco dyed pieces Connie, they're good!
And sure deadlines áre good to keep on the working pace! (but not tóó often ;-) ......!)

Judy said...

Beautiful Connie! I hope you will show loads of pics of your show.

xo

Jan said...

This is so lovely. I am partial to oak trees, having grown up with Valley Oaks (Central CA).

xo,
Jan

Betty Eilat said...

Beautiful prints and quilt...

tiedyejudy said...

I love your oak fabric! The bush you describe sounds like our Gambel Oaks here... small shrub-like clumps with gorgeous leaves! I'm with the others... California Oak trees are messy, and the leaves aren't at all shaped like oak leaves. And congratulations on your upcoming show! I hope you have lots of viewers! I look forward to pictures and reports on the show!

Terry Jarrard-Dimond said...

This is a beauty. I love the smokey quality of the surface and know that the hand quilting was a pleasure.

jenclair said...

The oak leaves are wonderful! And I, too, like the "smokey quality" -- what great way to express it.

frazzledsugarplummum said...

Beautiful piece. Love the choice of oak leaves and the colour.

Lynda Howells said...

The oak leaf wa one of the first leaves l ever tried to dye with Connie..they are great.xxyours are beautiful. xlyndax

MulticoloredPieces said...

Hi, Connie. Thanks for the closeups. Love the combination of eco-dyeing and stitching. Very elegant and distinctive. Wish I could come to your show.
best, nadia