Monday, November 20, 2006

Happy birthday dear me...


Lookie what I got for my birthday! This is a kit to make the wallhanging in the picture - it's called Jacobean Pomegranate Quilt - and I adore the fabrics with it, especially the red pomegranate print (at the bottom of the stack). It's a bit different from many of the things I make but I'm looking forward to starting it in a few weeks time, when I've cleared the current and required projects. I also got some other presents, most of them not quilting related, though I did get a magnetic pincushion, which is something I've wanted for a while. Perfect presents - you'd think I'd picked them myself - oh wait, hang on, I picked them myself - that must be it! :)


Didn't do any sewing yesterday, but did get to the promised dyeing session - I did three colour wheels, each with a different additive (one black, one grey, one brown) - this is for a project with my dyeing group to look at shades and tones and how additives affect colour - we did the colour wheels just plain, and then did them with a tsp of whatever added colour added in each step. The colours are really lovely - very rich and deep; I'll be adding a little grey or black to many of my colours from now on. The photo is a little lighter than the fabrics are in reality, but I think you can still see how rich and deep the colours are. I wish I could keep them, but I have to cut them up into swatches to share with the group - each member of the group has done a different colour wheel, with different reds, yellows & blues and in many cases added different blacks or greys to one another, so we will have lots of different variations on this theme - these swaps are really useful for exploring colours and how they work together (or don't work, in some cases). I also dyed some other pieces - a large twisted piece, a shirt, some knickers, and Olivia and Alex each did a shirt - these are still drying, so I'll photograph them later - they've all come out well - it was a fun day, even with Alex "helping".

5 comments:

Cathi said...

Happy Birthday! Real paper card is actually on its way to your house (in true Cathi style, bought it in October and forgot about it till Friday!)

joyce said...

The colors you have dyed are gorgeous. The hardest part of hand dyeing is cutting the fabric when it's done, especially if there is a nice swirly pattern that will disappear with cutting. I have a drawer full of beautiful pieces that I just can't cut but are too small for backing a quilt.

jean-sophie said...

Happy Happy Birthday!

Your color wheel fabrics are fantastic. Love the Promegranite quilt kit, too ;-)

Hedgehog said...

Lovely fabrics - happy birthday!

Angie said...

Those fabrics are GORGEOUS!! Happy birthday! :)