Stitch, Stitching Away

More stitched color studies, are you getting tired of these yet? I’m still having fun with them and the results are often different then I expect.

These are the two hand stitched ones completed this week. The one on the left needs to be stretched over a board as the fabric is buckling. The one on the right, I made a frame as it had too much blue surrounding it otherwise.

And here are the machine stitched ones. The woven one on the right has too many colors of the same value and the proportions of colors are not working for me.

This cropped version looks better to me, what do you think?

And I had promised to show you some of the fabric I am dyeing. This is last week’s set of blue-green and red-orange. I always have trouble with blue-green. It usually turns out too green even though I add extra blue dye. These fabrics are definitely more blue-green than the green fabric I dyed but still don’t read blue-green on their own. Some of the paler ones have a more blue-green look though. The darker fabrics are neutralized by mixing the two colors together. Always fascinating to see how the fabric turns out though! 😉

Hand Stitched Color

I promised that I would show you some of the hand stitched color collages I have been working on.

I am trying to do different stitched and techniques with each collage.

Some are more textured than others.

And I am using a variety of hand dyed fabric and threads. I did more dyeing today, one of these days I will show you the dyed fabric.

More Color Collages

I have been working through a variety of color schemes as well as dyeing more fabric in colors that I don’t have as many choices. I did get some different fabric from Dharma Trading that I hadn’t used before. I dyed some of that this morning and I will show you that next week. Here are a few collages that I have finished.

This one is primary colors, red, yellow and blue. It’s free motion machine stitched over tulle on white fabric background.

This one is green and red. You can’t see much of the red in this photo but it’s there. Love the textures on this one. The pieces are machine stitched to the background.

This is a more complex color scheme of red violet, blue violet, yellow orange and yellow green. The more colors that you add, the tougher these are. This one is also machine stitched. I am doing some hand stitched ones too, so stay tuned.

Thanks for stopping by and have a good weekend.

Smelling the Roses

Last quarter, Karen had challenged us at the Felting and Fiber Studio to make a mixed media piece. I showed you my first piece a while back but I just finished the second piece today.

MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAI started this piece with a hand dyed piece of fabric that I stapled to a canvas frame. I had planned on using it for encaustic painting but then realized that the wax would crack on the canvas. Instead, I added some Wensleydale locks to the fabric with gel medium.

MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAI then took painted fabric and made a few rolled roses. These are simple to make, just wind up the fabric and then stitch through the back to hold them together.

MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAI stitched the leaves, turned them right side out and stitched a vein down the center of the leaf.

MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAI painted the leaves with gel medium to stiffen them. The stem is a machined stitched cord.

MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAAll of the parts were glued down with gel medium. It was a fun piece and I think I’m going to try a few more on a bit larger scale.

MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERACan you smell the roses?