spring has definitely sprung here on the west coast of Canada and I find myself looking for mushrooms already. The Rufus hummers have returned and seedlings are coming up naturally in the garden...what a wonderful if not worrisome mild winter.
Sunday, March 8, 2015
Well I am back into the dyeing pots am trying to work through a lot of dried shrooms and lichens ..the two below are omphalotus olivascens which I tried to get a purple but ended up with lovely silvers, and the paxillus atromentosus which gave me lovely greenish brassy colour. all the colours I loved butnot necessarily what I was expecting.. Will try the omphalotus again with ph lower and simmering and see if purple will show itself....I love the mystery of the shroom dyeing and very seldom am disappointed with whatever I get, and the lovely thing about natural dyeing is they all go so beautifully with each other
Tuesday, January 27, 2015
This is the "Forest Floor" rock I am working on these days, trying to capture the look of a branch with moss almost covering it, in this case an arbutus branch embedded in french knots appearing like moss....well the closest I can get to moss
And this time, left some rock exposed and did an edge of turkey tails, trametes versicolor, which was a challenge and fun, although too large perhaps....and a small western amythest purple lacaria....this rock is not completed but it's the largest one yet...I keep adding more to the collection asI study more mosses etc...
Need more rocks with more texture and leave more exposed...that is my next one...
the top and bottom picture , because I can't figure out how to place them properly on this blog, are of my new blanket I just took off the loom. Not complete or fulled yet, but will post when done....this is of mushroom dyed warp, dyed with hydnellum arantiacum with many different modifiers to give a variation of shades...love all of them and pleased how it turned out with just a white warp, because I have a 48 inch loom and this is a queen size blanket, it is a double weave....made for a queen!
And I still have more room on my dummy warp for another blanket......guess i will be dyeing more warp this week..I collected these hydnellum a few years ago and have lots dried and frozen to play with, they give me subtle colours because I think my ratio of wool to mushrooms was too low, will up that and see if I can get some stronger colours for the next one, although I do love the lightnss of this one...
Wednesday, January 7, 2015
These are my latest obsession.....wet felted natural dyed fleece on a rock with my feeble attempt at imiitating the forest floor with embroidery stitching...so much pleasure!!!!! I was feeling under the weather and this was a warm and fuzzy haven of colour, texture and learning new stitches thatI thought might look like moss, lichen and sporophyyles...loved making the little cladonia and playing with new ideas....learned so many new stitches and felt is so wonderful and forgiving to stitch into....see more of these in my future...weather has been mild and January short days are here...always thinking I will get so many projects done in the spring...
Thursday, December 4, 2014
Busy busy, xmas markets and just plain fun...cat cave, too small but a treat to see finished, now either get a kitten or make a pod from it...ten layers of half breed, lvely firm tons of arm work....but love the texture...small hedgehogs, there I was finding myself making a hedgehog, I was surprised, but then made twelve more, too delightful...and finally teaching myself to needlefelt....mushrooms gnomes and mice...thanks to tutorial from sarafina....could become addictive...now on to the scond fir of the season...
Monday, September 22, 2014
A continuation of sandstone felts...this piece , except for the last photo, was a scarflette i finished today....loved the tones and the touch of blue was good....so much to learn and such fun learning ..especially with a new obsession..you can take all your past and apply to a new surface...the trick for me, is remembering it all, more notes , more detail designs and this blog helps as it is like a memory journal of what I have done, what has gone before;). When you do a lot of things that all entail a lot of processing the details get pretty thick and notes help keep things straight...so tomorrow I tryanother technique, and feel a wall piece coming on which would almost be full circle from 25 years ago when i started felting, then I did a lot of wall pieces, quite large ones....it is always a shock to see them from time to time at friends places...i would like to take them and felt them all anew...lol not that they weren't solid but what I thought was well felted then is not how I see well felted now...;)
Friday, September 19, 2014
Tuesday, September 9, 2014
Days have been sunny and unusually warm....I have been building stock, well actually having a lot of fun, but building stock sounds so much more work oriented, and what i have been doing definitely feels like fun....here are some of my moments in the recent past, between harvesting and drying food.