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!
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!)
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:
Here’s my inspiration page:
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:
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:
Then I made some machine wrapped cord. I love this technique for turning various wools and yarns into cohesive cords.
A bit of careful hand stitching attached the cord, and here it is all tied up, ready to be discovered:
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: