First, our hand-dyed embroidery threads are totally luscious! Here they are drying in our classroom. We had to rinse them out and then set the color in hot water with Synthropol today.
We then started dyeing wool-rayon felt, which we'd cut into pieces prior to class, and will be making into hand-stitched books.
|Felt with dye poured on (wet)|
|Rinsing out the felt|
|Rinsed felt for hand-made stitch books, laid out to dry|
We also worked with painting dyes on sketchbook pages. We do these in 2-page "spreads" so that they will go together when the book is opened. We then fuse pages together, to make the pages stiff and able to be stitched on. We started working on a few pages by drawing a design on them, then punching holes through the paper with a darning needle. We then can easily put our stitches through the holes.
|Some sketchbook pages painted with dye|
|A two-page spread for a sketchbook, painted with Procion MX dye|
|New 5 x 7
|Complex Threads 2||Developing the
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