Dye and paper Piecing

I finished dyeing all the papers. I love how the dye mixes and transforms quite simple prints into something beautiful:  

It has also transformed the fabric:  

I started by cutting felt and marking three more 8×10 inch rectangles, which I ironed bondaweb onto.

I sketched out a rough plan for alternating squares of stripes (rail fence quilt inspired) and lemon focal points.  

I divided my papers into backgrounds, middle grounds, and focal points:   

 

I then cut strips off my background pieces to use as rail fence strips – such yummy colours!

 

And tonight I paper pieces the background strips, just not in a traditional way:

I’m pleased with the background. Next step is to pick the focal points, get them bonded on, then stitching!
  

Day 105

Just a brief bit of machine stitching today. I laid out my printing from the weekend on some black felt, trimmed it to size and machined it down. I also stitched a couple of a rows of stitching across the middle to secure it, and added a couple of box and crosses as decorative features, on squares in the print:

  

I then pinned part of it to a new frame I got at Guild:

   

(Forgive the terrible curtains, please!)

 

Day 67

Today I got up quite early and finished the pages for the next travelling book I’m working in, which you’ll recognise from yesterday. I stuck them into the book, and added some simple printing to tie them together:

IMG_2216

Here’s my inspiration page:

IMG_2220

I also finished my scroll, just in time to hand it in for exhibiting at the Embroiderers’ Guild AGM next month.

First I picked a nice fabric for the backing, masked off a strip down the middle, and stencilled on some pink paint, to coordinate with the inside:

IMG_2224

IMG_2230

IMG_2234

IMG_2235

Then I stitched this wrong sides facing to the front of my piece, and turned it, so the long edges were already stitched down. After some ironing, I stitched the short edges down:

IMG_2236

Then I made some machine wrapped cord. I love this technique for turning various wools and yarns into cohesive cords.

From this…

IMG_2237

To this…

IMG_2238

A bit of careful hand stitching attached the cord, and here it is all tied up, ready to be discovered:

IMG_2239

IMG_2240

I might give it a tassel at some point, but for now I’m very happy with it as it is.

A couple of close up pics of the finished embroidery:

Continue reading