Since my first attempt at a shibori scarf was successful, I decided to stitch another one that was an eco-dyed failure. This scarf was hand-made felt so it was significantly thicker than the last scarf I dyed with this method.
Here’s the scarf after all the stitching was complete and pulling the threads to tie off had started. The bright blue-green color came from commercially dyed eucalyptus leaves.
I really worked at getting this one tied tighter than the last one. I think I was more successful but the felt was much thicker so it was easier to get it tight.
I put the tied scarf into a pot of acid dye that was a combination of black and red. I think it improves the scarf, don’t you?
There are still spots of the blue-green but now they are just accents as opposed to big blobs of ugliness.
I also dyed a bunch of cotton and wool threads the same day I dyed the scarf. I ‘needed’ more blue violets and red violets in my stash of threads. I used #5, #8 and #12 perle cottons, regular embroidery floss and wool lace weight thread. The wool is all on the right side of the photo. It got thrown in the pot with the scarf and is a really dark, deep red.
I really love how hand dyed threads are variable. I was working on getting a range of values in the same colors. I added a few green threads in too to make a nice color combination.
Here’s a closer view of the wool thread. It has sections of brighter red in between the really dark portions. I’m not sure how I’m going to use these threads. I have tons of threads that I dyed for my stitch class but it always seems like I just don’t have the ‘right’ color when I need it. Does that happen to you?
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In between projects and during waiting times, I work on hand stitch projects. I have been working on both of these for several months but I’m not progressing very quickly. I think one of the problems is that neither project is really my style. The reason I started both of these is that my local group is learning hand stitches and I needed a “sampler”. So both of these projects are samplers but I just haven’t gotten very excited about them.
The first project is a little felt book. I had already made the book actually just to do the binding. It would have been simpler if I started with the pages and then bound the book together afterwards but I’m working backward. The flower design is done in all stem stitch. I used blanket stitch around the edges and then further embellished the edge of the blanket stitch with more detached blanket stitch.
The binding is done with raised chain band. I really like this binding and although it looks complex, it really isn’t that hard.
Here’s the second page. I used brass washers and covered them with blanket stitch. I then stitched them down to the page and started adding detached chain stitch to make little flowers. I haven’t gotten very far on this page.
One of the members of our group made us all a crazy patch so we could embellish it with stitches. I have never done one of these before and somehow it just isn’t doing much for me. But I will fill it all up eventually.
This is the first part that I did. Just a combination of blanket stitch, detached chain and French knots.
Here is more stem stitch (light blue line). We are supposed to be using the stitches we learn each month on these. I have a few I haven’t added yet including a spider web stitch and fly stitch.
Actually to me, the most interesting part about this is that the wool threads that I dyed naturally recently are an exact match for the crazy patch. I hadn’t seen the fabrics before I dyed the threads so I had no idea they would match so perfectly. Do you like to hand stitch? I’d love to see what you’ve stitched. Feel free to add photos to Flickr or on the forum.