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Fun with Indigo

With another Indigo workshop happening this weekend, I made up a new brew, and tested it for colour, and tried out a few what-ifs.

Here are three scarves I chose to overdye, ones which for some reason didn’t quite make the grade for selling at markets.

 

Indigo overdyeing 2 - clamped and ready to go - L to R pink, orange, dk red

Ready to go – L to R – large pink, large orange/green and fuschia metallic.

And after dyeing –

Indigo overdye 2 - pink, before opening

Unclamped before opening

Indigo overdye 2 - bright pink silk scarf

After rinsing and ironing

Indigo overdye 2 - orange scarf in dye dregs

Orange scarf before opening

Indigo overdye 2 - orange scarf on opening

Opened and resting on gravel

Indigo overdye 2- Large orange silk shawl

Rinsed and ironed

Indigo overdye - Large silk shawl 2

Lovely fan design on end

Indigo overdye 2 - red silk & metal scarf

Fuschia metallic scarf has horizontal stripes

 

The what-if experiment –

Having carefully removed each bundle from the vat into a large bowl, I had carried them outside to unwrap and hang.  As the bowl had quite an amount of greenish liquid in it, I thought what if I put another bundle in the bowl to soak up the liquid, if it doesn’t work, no harm done and I’ll know that the liquid isn’t viable.

But wow – this is what happened to a small orangey silk scarf –

Indigo overdye - small scarlet silk scarf

Was plain orange/scarlet now beautiful mottled orange/green/yellow.

There might not have been much indigo left in the dregs, but the result really is something.

Now I’m off to try it again. 🙂

A bit of this and a bit of that

It is officially autumn (fall), we should be having nice warm days and cool nights, but the weather man has been sending us hot days and warm nights like we should have been having in January and February. Still, we can’t really complain, it has been known to be quite wintry at this time of the year.
The one thing that is normal is the sunrises we have seen lately. Here are a couple of them

Sunrise halo

Sunrise halo

Early sunrise

Early sunrise

In the garden, the raspberries are still fruiting, and the nectarines and plums are about ready.  Usually the tomatoes are nearly finished by now, but this picture shows the first red tomatoes this year, only a few days ago !

From the garden

Now that Woodbridge Market is only on the 4th Sunday of the month, I have gone back to Kingston Beach Market on the 2nd Sundays again. This will keep me busy with 2 different markets per month instead of the same market twice a month.

One of the popular scarves I have at the markets is the silk organza with cotton balls woven through the silk, known affectionately as “spotties”.  They are also very popular at Lime Design of Salamanca gallery and sell there for $59.00.

Delicate spotty organza scarf

Delicate spotty organza scarf

Some more spotty organza scarves

Some more spotty organza scarves

Some silk/satin devore and crepe de chine scarves

Some silk/satin devore and crepe de chine scarves

Monday was a public holiday to celebrate Labour Day or 8-hour day.  Being a day off for the builders, we decided to go for a drive and have lunch somewhere “up the road”.  There are 2 new cafes at Margate, 20 minutes north of here – we would try one of them.  Arrived at the first one – no sign out the front and the door was closed as was the carpark.  200m down the road to the next one – no flags flying outside – also closed.

Okay, over to Sandfly and the Huon Highway, there’ll be something open down that way.  The sign at the junction of the highway and Dip Road said open 7 days – that’s a good sign.  2km down the road, the flags were flying, and the carpark was 3/4 full, children playing on the lawns – good, we’ll try here.  A Slice of Pie café is fairly new, but we had heard good reviews.  Blackboard menu of a choice of homemade pies, quiche or soup, with a delicious side salad, and not expensive either, and very family friendly.

Although deep in the valley below the highway at Mountain River, the view was interesting – right next door was an apple orchard looking like it is ready for harvest, the back drop being the mountains behind Mt Wellington, in particular the one known as the Sleeping Beauty. This is the “head”, the length of her body can be seen from further south at Huonville.  It is very picturesque in winter when covered in snow.

Sleeping Beauty

Sleeping Beauty

I think I have rambled on for long enough, time now for my supper.  My next post will be an update on the building progress.

Keep smiling 🙂

Summer quilting

With the temperature expected to climb into the thirties this week, I decided to spend time in the sewing room, on the shady side of the house and definitely cooler after 11am.

The result of 2 days work – the purple quilt finished but for the binding and that will happen tomorrow. It is 13 x 13 blocks, about 6″ square each, fabrics are mostly batiks, one Jelly Roll plus extra fabric equivalent to about half a J.R. and the purple for the sashing and border.

Purple quilt

Purple quilt

and a close-up of the quilting –

Purple quilt close-up

Purple quilt close-up

I ditch stitched vertically beside the purple sashing, then free-motion quilted down the rows, with a flower in the horizontal blocks and gum leaves in the vertical blocks, which are of course alternate blocks, and this gives the quilt even more movement.  Also, the actual quilting never got boring with repetition as it sometimes can, because of the alternating blocks, and by the time I got to the last row, it took only 12 minutes to stitch the row.

After this quilt, I will be back to dyeing scarves, making book covers and small purses, and anything else I can think of ready for Middleton Country Fair, which is less than 3 weeks away. By now there are usually a number of scarecrows starting to appear along the highway ready for the competition, but so far I’ve seen two only.

At Woodbridge market on Sunday, one stallholder was selling lovely bunches of basil with roots, with the biggest leaves I’ve ever seen.  Of course I had to take home a couple of bunches.

Yesterday, I snipped the leaves from the stems, piled them on a couple of oven trays and left them in the back window of the car in the sun for a few hours.  By the time they had dried out, the volume had shrunk incredibly –

Dried basil leaves

Dried basil leaves

They’re now in a jar in the pantry ready for use. I do love the smell and taste of  basil in salads as well as meat dishes – mmmmm!

The roots have been planted in the hot house, so here’s hoping they grow again.

Keep smiling, Sue.  🙂

Deloraine Craft Fair

Today is day 3 of the Craft Fair at Deloraine.  This is half of my stall, with my new quilt on the far right. On the left is the table with hand-dyed fabrics and my diaries and notebooks.

I would love to show a few more pics of the other stalls here, but there is not much internet coverage here where I am to upload large files…. and an update of my tablet has changed so many things, so I have lost emails and photos,  and google has taken over just about everything, and I cannot do anything without asking it’s permission, or that’s what it seems like !!
Oh, to have my laptop here instead.
Keep smiling 🙂

Deloraine Craft Fair and Tasmanian Art Quilt Prize

Only eight more sleeps before I head off to Deloraine for the Tasmanian Craft Fair, four days for the visiting public to see hundreds of wonderful talented artisans and craftspeople who are there showing off their art.

The countdown has started.  All my scarves have been washed and ironed and are hanging on clothes airers until it is time to pack them in boxes early next week. Later I leave them, the less fold marks will show when they are hanging.

scarves all pressed and ready

scarves all pressed and ready

The box of journals and small handbags are packed, hand-dyed fat quarters are colour co-ordinated in their baskets.

Usually there are hessian walls separating the stalls, but this year the powers that be decided to do away with the hessian and let us make our own walls!  Yes, I have mine all made, with a little bit of help from DD who sat on the other side of the table to hold the fabric as it went through the sewing machine, all 6 metres of it in length, by 2metres in height, and that’s just the back wall, the side walls are each 2.5metres long.

That just leaves the quilt to finish …. I started it on Monday with a bit of painting, bright splashes on a black cotton sateen background (it has a lovely sheen to it) –

and today got to work on the sewing machine –

That’s just a taster, you’ll have to wait until I have it finished before anymore photos to show.

Meanwhile, last Thursday evening, the winners of the Tasmanian Art Quilt Prize 2013  ‘What a Site’, were announced – Winner is Sandra Champion of Hobart with her quilt ‘From the Cove’, and Kath Wilkinson of NSW with her quilt ‘Traces‘.  The exhibition of the quilts is in the Bond Store Basement Gallery of the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery in Hobart, and is open daily until Sunday 3 November.

Sandra Champion's 'From the Cove'

Sandra Champion’s ‘From the Cove’

Kath Wilkinson's 'Traces'

Kath Wilkinson’s ‘Traces’

I hope some of my readers are able to visit the gallery to see these wonderful art quilts.

Dyeing silk scarves for lime design of Salamanca and Tas Craft Fair Deloraine

I probably mentioned this a few months ago that I will be having a stall again this year at the Tas Craft Fair in Deloraine.

On the weekend I received the notice that I have the same space as last year, #775 Furmage Pavilion, at the Showgrounds, just inside the door as you get off the bus.  I found this to be a good spot for me, and I am working on a ‘stunning’ quilt to hang so it draws the visitors my way immediately!  My ‘Fireworks’ quilt last year did just that.  It’s been hard to come up with something new that will have the same impact.

Dates for this year’s show are Friday to Monday 1-4 November, open times 9am to 5pm, except Monday closes at 4pm.

The other piece of exciting news I have is that I have been invited to join lime design of Salamanca, one of the galleries in Salamanca Place in Hobart, to sell my silk scarves.  It is a collective and to be a member I will be working there for a day every couple of weeks or so. I’ll tell you more as it happens, soon.

Before this happened I was busy dyeing lots of scarves to take to Deloraine, and now a lot of those scarves have been set aside for lime design, and I need to start again for Deloraine.  It’s a little over 6 weeks to go, so I will be a bit busy – that should read very busy !

Here are a few pictures of what has been happening in my studio lately.

Washed and ready for dyeing

Washed and ready for dyeing

I wanted to use Procion dyes because I like the bright colours I get, but with such a lot of scarves to dye in a short time, I decided to try the method of using procion as acid dyes and the microwave.  Instead of pre-soaking in soda ash, they were soaked in vinegar for the same time – a half hour or so – until the fibres were well saturated. Then I mixed the dye powder into solution with salt water instead of plain water.

Each scarf was in its own small container, pour the dye solution over, squish the way I wanted, maybe add another colour, lid on, then into the microwave for a couple of minutes, until any liquid in the bowl was clear.

I had quite a production line going, I was faster at preparing each scarf than the microwave was in its cooking time.  So each scarf had unintentional extra time to take up the dye which was very good for the resulting colour – it did mean that I had to add some more water before putting in the microwave so the silk wouldn’t get too hot and scorch or dry out and become brittle – I know from some past experiences on that one. 😦   And this method also means less dye wastage in the rinsing out later, clear rinsing water in the second tub.

Anyway, here is what they looked like later –

Spotty scarves drying

Spotty scarves drying

A rainbow of spotty scarves

A rainbow of spotty scarves

Satin devore silk scarves drying

Satin devore silk scarves drying

Satin devore - purple

Satin devore – purple

Satin devore - red

Satin devore – red

Satin devore - green

Satin devore – green

All lovely bright fresh colours for spring.

And it is a lovely sunny day today, could be warm by lunch time.  🙂  🙂

Dyeing some more

This is how the day started

Sunrise over the Channel 21 August 2013

Sunrise over the Channel 21 August 2013

Locally the temperature dropped down to a minus figure overnight (first time this winter?) , but here we had a balmy plus 3 degrees with lovely sunshine all day – good enough to do some dyeing, albeit all in the microwave, nothing outside in that sunshine.

Ready for dyeing with Landscape

Ready for dyeing with Landscape

First lot hanging to dry

First lot hanging to dry

Reds, spotty and plain

Reds, spotty and plain

Blues and greens, spotty and plain

Blues and greens, spotty and plain

Then I tried a new dye which arrived in the mail this morning from Beautiful Silks in Melbourne, Victoria, along with a new supply of scarves.  This dye is very easy to use, 1ml liquid dye to 2g of fibre, it does mean that some small but very accurate scales are necessary.  Add dye and a splash of white vinegar to a litre of water, stir, then add fibre making sure that it is well covered by the dye.  Cook in microwave (not the kitchen one) for 7 or more minutes, depending on the amount of fibre and dye solution used.  The dyeing is finished when the water is clear and all colour has been absorbed into the fibre.

Heat-fix dyes resting overnight

Heat-fix dyes resting overnight

They will be rinsed out tomorrow and I’ll take some more photos.  I only bought one of each primary, and did a little mixing with them.  I’m keen to see what exciting things have happened.

This is how the day ended, a yellow full moon rising over the Channel, just a little south of where the sun rose this morning.

Golden full moon rising

Golden full moon rising

Keep smiling  🙂

Markets and Dyeing to Felt

It’s been quite a while since I last wrote here. I’ve been home from my travels for some weeks I know, but I have been busy, first getting results of our quilt exhibition (which was the weekend we returned home) on to the Tasmanian Quilting Guild’s website, and other committee things for the guild as well. I will be putting up on a separate page some of my 2000 photos I took while in Europe, and including quilts from the festival in Ireland, soon.

Markets are happening every couple of weeks for me again, even though it is still winter they are popping up everywhere. I have been to Kingston Beach Handmade Market twice, back to Snug market (which was not good at all for me), and of course to the Tas Quilting Guild’s Friendship Day in Launceston, which is always a wonderful day for everyone there – members, friends, and traders alike.

Fabrics, threads & books at Friendship Day

Fabrics, threads & books at Friendship Day

KBHM market table

KBHM market table

Selection of scarves at Kingston Beach market

Selection of scarves at Kingston Beach market

All these markets have meant getting back to work quickly as stock in some areas is dwindling.  My dyed and felted cotton journals (which sell for $18.50) have all gone and only a couple of small ones (selling at $15.00) are left. Here are a couple of pieces of cotton felt.  The one with squares was indigo dyed a long time ago, and as the dye didn’t take very well to the dry cotton, I overdyed it with colour and it looks so good now. The cotton felt just soaks up the procion dyes so easily, whereas the indigo … well, I’m not sure …

Dyed cotton felt

Dyed cotton felt

Over-dyed cotton felt

Over-dyed cotton felt

The Guild’s challenge for 2013 is “Birds”, and I have painted some fabric which looks like feathers.  I took some to the Friendship Day last Saturday  as a sample, and before I could make the announcement that I had the fabric, it all sold except one piece – so when the sun comes out again, I’ll be painting some more feathers.

Feather fabric before ironing

Feather fabric before ironing

Feather fabrics after ironing

Feather fabrics after ironing

In the meantime, here are a couple of photos from last week.

Snow on Mt Wellington

Snow on Mt Wellington

Spectacular sunrise over the Channel

Spectacular sunrise over the Channel

I made a cake for my youngest daughter’s birthday last week, and put 21 or 22 raspberries around the top – (I couldn’t count to 40 could I?)  Absolutely no calories worth speaking about, and it was demolished in seconds !  🙂

Jen's birthday cake

Jen’s birthday cake

Keep smiling

Kingston Beach Hand Made market

Another successful market on Sunday for Kingston Beach Hand Made market.

Market entrance

Market entrance

I was there again, and in the same spot as the previous market – the corner position near the entrance.  This allows me to hang my ladies behind the stall, and display how some of my special scarves look when worn.

My stall at KBHM, December 2012

My stall at KBHM, December 2012

The entertainment this time included the Sing Australia choir who sang lots of Christmas carols and christmassy songs.  Lovely music in the background.

Sing Australia choir entertain the marketgoers

Sing Australia choir entertain the marketgoers

It was a successful market for me also, as lots of people were looking for ‘small’ gifts that could be posted easily, and silk scarves certainly fit that category.

I’ll be back at Woodbridge Village Market on Sunday 23 December, which being right on Christmas will be a fun day, and successful for all the stallholders as well.  The market had a slow start this summer due in part to so many new markets starting up and also being on the same days as Woodbridge – 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month.  Looking for some relaxation time before the busy days? then come on down to Woodbridge for a visit.

Next market 23 December 2012

Next market 23 December 2012

My first market for 2013 will be back at Kingston Beach Hand Made on Sunday 13 January.

Kingston Beach Handmade Market and sun painting art cloth

Deloraine craft fair is over for another year.  It was very successful for me, talked myself hoarse, saw lots of old friends and met new ones, and sold heaps.

No time to slack off when I got home, it was back to the dyeing studio, to replace the scarves I had sold.

Sunday I was off to the new Kingston Beach Handmade Market at Kingston Beach, the beachside suburb of Hobart.  It was the first day of what looks like being a very good market to be held monthly on the second Sunday.  All stallholders have to apply, and are accepted for their individuality and there’s no duplicating of stalls, giving a greater variety for the visitors.  I’m in again for the next market on 9 December, should be good as it’s Christmas shopping time.

This was my stall, just inside the front door of the hall, my back to the wall so I could display my ladies to advantage.

Flowerpot Quilts at Kingston Beach Handmade Market 11 Nov 2012

There was live entertainment on the stage during the day, this is a choir whose wonderful voices could be heard over the crowds in the hall, and caused much chattering to be a lot quieter.

This photo was taken early in the day before the crowds filled up.

Today being nice and sunny, it was time to do some sun-dyeing.  I have a project on the go that requires some sepia coloured fabric similar to what I used i n my Flowerpot Quilt a couple of months ago.  Using some Dy na flow Ecru and Ochre with an odd drop or two of black I managed to produce these pieces.

The first one got rumpled when the wind flipped it before it was properly dry – a definite diagonal change in colour.

Sun painted 1

Then the next ones, better colour coverage.  The freckles are little bumps in the gravel road surface, and add texture which will do for my purpose perfectly.

sun painted 2

sun painted 3

I’ll have more for you in a couple of weeks when there is something to show.  I’ll keep you in suspense a little longer.

Till next time keep on smiling 🙂