Mandala

I want to focus more on the folds. So this is my first attempt at a mandala.

I figured it would be awful cause I couldn’t get the tying right and I didn’t plan any of the colors. It soaked for a couple days cause I didn’t feel like untying a muddy mess. And it looks a lot better than I expected.

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I definitely want to practice this more. Play around with more shapes and maybe plan the colors better.

But I’ve discovered, I think, that if the folds are precise you can really get some nice results.

Stitching Shibori

I have great admiration for traditional shibori. The skill and precision that goes into each piece is inspiring. That said, I am not sure I have it. Maybe it’s my lack of patience or my short attention span but so far my attempts have been paltry. For the most part I am able to make it work (go Tim Gunn)  into something that works for me.

But I will continue to practice and play. Why not when it’s so fun to play with dye and see what sticks around?

Tonight I’m trying my hand at ori nui, or stitch resist shibori. I used cotton thread because I read somewhere that cotton can tighten when wet and may act as a better resist. Simple straight running stitches across the length of a fat quarter. I had some difficulty pulling and keeping the thread tight as it is knotted. It’s something that probably comes easier with practice.

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Tonight it goes into the dye and tomorrow—the big reveal.

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Melancholy were the sounds on a winter’s night

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Winter is difficult for me. I don’t mind the cold but I just can’t stand the almost constant bleakness and dark. The only exception is for those few hours when the sun is low and right in your eyes. Also I dread when the weather is bad and I’m stuck in the house or have to work super hard to get out. I’m trying to deal with the winter as best as I can. I hope you can forgive my lack of posting often.

I will attempt to appreciate the parcels of winter that may be pleasant and continue to press on.

“I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields, that it kisses them so gently? And then it covers them up snug, you know, with a white quilt; and perhaps it says “Go to sleep, darlings, till the summer comes again.”
― Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass

“What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.”
― John Steinbeck

CMYK

It’s been so so much work hand dyeing a color wheel for a personal project. I need twelve steps on the wheel, along with a lighter value and a shaded/greyed tone for each hue. It’s slowly coming together. This is what I’ve accomplished so far:
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The yellow is the trickiest because the other dyes just want to take over. I definitely need to redo the grey-yellow one because it’s just too red. But I am pretty happy with what I’ve done.