Love these, Sarah! That first one makes me smile.
Thanks Bonnie! What could be better than to kick off a smile?
What a lovely way to journal!
It is fun, Angie, if not exactly the speediest journaling method ever. I was experimenting with different stitches: running, double running, back, stem, chain etc. Each one changes waht I wanted to write. Who knew?
These are so lovely. I look forward to your posts each week.
Gosh Valerie, that is delightful to hear esp. you never know (and I rarely know) what the posts are going to be about. But I guess that is the fun of it, at least from this end. Thank you for reading.
You are now the mistress/master/something of french knots. I'm getting the needle and hoop out right now.
What is it about French Knots? I make one and long to make another, and yet another after that. Addictive little beasts. Must practice restraint....
Hi Sarah! Tell me please, on your blue background that you are doing your wonderful embroidery on, is it a felt backing? Did you hand make it yourself and dye it? If not, where do you get this material? Thank you, Janie
You are right, it is wool felt. I got it at The Yarn Underground (yarnunderground.com), my local yarn store. She has it in white and colors and I think you can buy by the yard. I started with white/ natural, used a rice paste resist to save the white shapes, and dyed it in indigo. thanks for your kind words about my embroidery experiments.
Sarah, I have never dyed felt but I have silk in a plastic bag in the microwave. How did you dye the felt? Steam, immersion, then heat setting in the oven??? You have me fascinated with this subject. I found the virgin 100% wool at our local store before you mentioned what it was and after you told me what you used I went back and bought some. I would like to try a test sample.....I have indigo but when I dyed with it last summer it was very fugitive, so I think I would try something more predictable in my color choices....I really appreciate your help.
Oh, I didn't mention it is 100% virgin wool felt in a natural color. From the Nonwoven felting company.... and Thank you again. Janie
I've used natural dyes for the last 20+ years so dyed the felt with indigo. So sorry to hear you had trouble with it being fugitive! Indigo requires a very specific procedure (multiple dips in a reduced vat followed by oxidation in the air). If the indigo does not bond with the fiber in the reduced state in the vat, all the steaming, heat setting etc in the world will not make it stick. There are many wonderful books and internet resources on dyeing with Indigo, which explain this more clearly.
Not having used a microwave for dyeing and having forgotten all I ever know about using synthetic dyes, I don't know the procedure there but imagine it would be great with the felt you describe, just not with indigo.
Thank you so much again for your help Sarah!
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