messing about with sticks and strings and pots and plants...
yesterday i tried my hand at eco-printing again as well as more stitching on previously done papers
if you remember my previous attempt at embroidering on the paper, i wasn't too happy with either the running stitch nor the number of strands of embroidery thread
today i tried a different tack... much longer stitches, going from joint to joint
with japanese leaf stitch at the ends, in lovely hand-dyed silk ribbon
"sea meadow" by judith montano
now we're talking...
yesterday after work i did the latest round of bundle-dyeing
various types of silkand plants form my yard, and in addition to the bundles, i tried the idea of doing silk in the same method as how you dye paper... stacked and layered with plant material and then compressed between two ceramic tiles, bound tightly with thick rubber bands
boiled for an hour and a half, left to rest in the dye pot overnight and set out on a tray this morning
by 5:00pm i couldn't stand it anymore so started taking apart the stacked bundle
it was so wet though that after lifting off one piece of silk, i quelled my enthusiasm, put the top tile back in place and set it all aside until tomorrow - opening them up will be my reward after a long day at work
the purple colour is coming from the centre of a large gloriosa daisy i pressed - can't wait to see how it came out... fingers crossed the beauty of the flower comes through, at least a little
so i busied myself instead with getting back to stitching on the paper
stitching tiny leaves within a larger leaf print
following the ridge on one side of the stem
slowly working my way to the top, thinking about each area, looking closely
not keen on the holes, i'm adding tiny french knots at the joints in the hope of concealing them a little - not sure if it really matters - i may try an even smaller needle tomorrow and see if that makes a difference
thinking that at the top i'd like to add a flower of sorts, something that is going to seed?
there aren't too many days left before the little wildflowers and plants have gone to seed for real and there will be no more opportunities to experiment with this so i'm hoping to try my hand at another stack or two of paper in the coming days - it would be a wonderful thing to have a ream or two of pretty printed papers on which to mess about on a cold winter's day when the things that are green seem far, far away