Sunday, March 4, 2012

Working Weekend

Yesterday I low water dyed two of the pieces I recently stitched for shibori.  I had stitched two large old linen napkins with the same pattern so that I'd have a lovely pair of napkins in the end.  To use or giveaway?  Who knows.

The design is handstitched mokume, but instead of the basic rows of uneven stitching, I tried something different.  Back when I was doing woven shibori, I wove gathering threads into the fabric in a Monk's Belt pattern.  Weavers will know what I'm talking about here.  The gist of it is that the gathering threads are not random but follow a pattern, which produces more of a structured design on the fabric after gathering and dyeing.  So I thought, why not do this by hand?!

I drew inch-wide columns on the fabric with disappearing ink, then handstitched several rows of over-under stitches between the lines before alternating which threads were over or under, creating short columns of rows of straight stitches. Sure enough, the resulting fabric looks quite a bit like it would had the linen napkins been handwoven with gathering threads woven in.

Also yesterday, I nearly completed my second Fiberactions' challenge quilt with the "monotone" theme.  The group's reveal will be March 15.  And besides that, I'm nearly finished with my oak leaf eco dyed hand quilted piece.

It's being a wonderful working weekend indeed!

10 comments:

Deb Levy said...

This is a gorgeous piece Connie!

Jeannie said...

Gorgeous! As much as I get tired of stitching the resist, it is so worth the effort. I hope the rest of your weekend is as colorful.

Maggi said...

Absolutely stunning.

Sandra Rude said...

Those will be gorgeous napkins, whoever gets to enjoy them in the long run. Thanks for showing them to us, so we could all lust after them!

tiedyejudy said...

Beautiful pattern, gorgeous colors, and the end result is well-worth all the effort! Wish I had time to get back into mokume, but my slate is full right now... guess I'll put it on my project board to remind me!

jenclair said...

They look like they are lit from within! Beautiful gifts for any table...why not yours? It would be such a treat to set a table including these napkins.

Lorraine@creativedaily said...

Stunning results.

frazzledsugarplummum said...

WOW

The Idaho Beauty said...

Definitely worth the effort. Just beautiful and so complex.

Stratoz said...

fabulous color and pattern