Monday, March 28, 2011
Not my comfort zone!!!!!!!!!
Okay, everyone, doing this was way out of my comfort zone I can tell you. Just recently I felt like dyeing some thread, and thought perhaps I should do it with a purpose in mind. The above hardanger bookmark is the result of my play. I secretly have an aversion to coloured hardanger, and I really don't know why, as I like it when it's done.........go figure!!
I also wanted to know how much thread this might use. I measured four lots of 10 metres in perlé #8 and #12. I thought it prudent to make something small, so it could be finished, and I could return to the big blue project. I dyed a little Lugana as well, simply rolling it into a ball and squirting the two colours into it, then wrapped it in cling wrap for a few hours. The Lugana I used is the piece behind the bookmark in the top photograph [I think it's a 25-ct, and yes it's cream]. Well, I can tell you I only used one length of #8, and one, plus a little of the #12, so I have some of this 'batch' left over. More about that later.
I'd love to be able to tell you my inspiration was some exotic flower from a far away land, but alas, I can't. I've taken this photograph, showing you the variety of colours I'm seeing in a paddock close to the houseyard. This is a pasture grass called 'buffel grass', which makes great cattle fodder, not so with horses though. As the seedheads mature, they take on a lovely maroon to purple colour. The two colours I used were a purchased purple Procion dye, and my own mixture of Procion yellow and blue. In real life the green leans very much to the yellow, and I also achieved a lovely warm brown where the two colours blended.
Again, I have to stress that this is a first for me. I quite like it now that it's finished, and I have to say the overdyed threads look really lovely.
I am making two more little things shortly to try something new, and with this bookmark/thread, these will form a give-away that I must do. Some time ago I participated in a 'pay it forward' on Jennie's blog - [http://jennie61.blogspot.com/2011/01/pay-it-forward.html]. It will take a little longer yet, but I will pass on the favour. I will try not to be so tardy in future!!!
Thanks again for the response to the wedding dress. I love simplicity in most things. Life gets complicated enough!!