Thursday, October 27, 2016
Sunny Day in Paradise
I learn something new -- or test out new techniques -- with each piece I make. This piece and Hunter's Moon gave me the opportunity to try out running stitch, aka Kantha stitch, those areas where the stitches pucker the fabric to create interesting waves. This is the same stitch one uses to create mokume gane, the shibori technique. You essentially do the same thing as I've done in these pieces, only usually on a larger piece over a more extended area, then dye or discharge the stitched up fabric. That was one of my favorite shibori techniques when I was dyeing, so I'm glad to be doing it again now with stitching only.
Contrary to the name of the piece, it's raining heavily as I write this. It's such a treat to have real rain, especially this early in the season. I've been cooking and baking a lot lately, and my freezer is full of goodies for the coming months.
You'll likely not hear from me before Hallowe'en, so have a safe and fun one. I think Hallowe'en has eclipsed Christmas as the biggest decoration, and certainly dress-up, event of the year.