Sunday, November 14, 2010

Some Fall Inspiration

A couple of weeks ago I read a blog post on the Quilt or Dye blog about dyeing with natural materials. I thought the work was interesting, thought it sounded fairly easy, and thought that I'd give it a try. Check out Judith's post here Judith mentioned that she thought her piece with the leaves was "a lot of work for little color and pattern." She liked her piece using mums better. I didn't have any mums to use but thought I'd give the rose leaves a try. For good measure, I threw in some Black-Eyed Susans I was getting ready to cut down for the winter (just to see what they might do). My attempt at this process gave me a light "soft" colored piece of fabric. It isn't finished by any means, but I will definitely be putting some more layers on it and using it later on. Thanks, Judith, for the inspiration.
You can click on this picture to get a closer look at the piece. You can see the details a lot better. It isn't a great piece by any means, but I think it will be useable--and it was fun! The dark places on it come from the centers of the Black-Eyed Susans. I threw in a few purple flowers from my yard. (I don't know what they were.) I think that is what shows up as dark purple. The Black-Eyed Susans also caused some areas of yellow to show up.

I just love the fall. This year it has been so dry around here that we didn't get the usual beautiful fall colors. However, I did get some really pretty leaves on a bush in my backyard. I'm thinking I might do a fabric piece with some paint and threadwork from these pictures. Aren't the colors and textures wonderful!

1 comment:

Laura said...

How did you do this, Beth, by rolling up the leaves & flowers in the cloth?