A while back I dyed some silk and wool experimenting with making browns with acid dyes.
I wasn’t sure what I’d use it for, but I fell in love with the coppery silk habatoi. I made batts with the wool.
I had purchased some alpaca yarn this summer and wasn’t sure what I would do with it. For some reason it called to me even though it’s not my typical color way. But putting it next to the cooper silk, I had to come up with something to do with it.
I made felt base and placed the silk over it to nuno felt. I still wasn’t sure how I would attach the yarn. But then Ruth posted a blog about couching. Bingo!
I decided to make gingko leaves using the couching method of attaching the yarn.
It was a long process. I first had to outline the shape with stitching ( I tried white pencil and other pens, but this worked best.)
Then I pinned the yarn to the shape and began the couching process. Because the yarn was variegated it created some interesting color contrasts along with the variegated nuno background.
Why gingko? I like the shape and also have a metal vase in my bedroom water closet that has the gingko leaves embossed on it. I thought this would tie the picture together with the vase.
What new fun projects are you working on?