Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Wintry WIPs

It's the second day of high wind chills here in my wee hamlet; today, snow's been added for good measure.  I'm glad to be indoors working away, and thankfully, doing so with greater focus than yesterday!

First thing this morning, I finished the finger-less mittens for B:

And here's a bit of detail:

There's a bit of a halo on this yarn, even just after working with it -- so it's fairly delicate.  These will be for dressier occasions, methinks.

I warmed up by assembling yet another row on Easy Street, and attaching it to the corner I put together yesterday:

It's so darned big that I'd have to climb on a higher ladder to get it all in the photo!

From there, I went to my dye pot, where the cotton I'd put in there had been steeping for over 12 hours (no heat).  I rinsed the fabric in cool water and then let it soak in warm water with a bit of vinegar for about 1/2 hour.  After that I washed it in mild detergent, rinsed it and threw it in the dryer.  Once dry, I ironed it out:

Even though I took this photo with no flash, under my daylight lamp, it doesn't do the colour justice; it's really a lovely rich caramel brown, and is going to feature in at least one of my miniatures.  There are 3 fabrics -- the large piece of muslin in the background, and the two pieces of neutral print over-dyed in the front.  The print on those fabrics gives it a textured look as you can see in this close-up of the piece on the left:

After lunch I tackled a couple of landscapes.  One is ready to quilt.  This one is "Chinook", referring to the warm winds that blow into Alberta over the Canadian Rockies.  A Chinook can be identified from a distance by the arch formed between the horizon and the clouds above.  I took this photo of the fabric layers framed by my working 'L' shapes, and trimmed it so you'd get an idea what it'll look like in a 5" x 7" space.  Oh...and after the quilting there may be a bit of thread painting to add either trees or a fence or something...

Chinook - commercial cotton, my hand-dyed cotton, arlee's hand-dyed silk

The second piece is being pondered.  I'm calling it "Winter Sunrise" and am wondering about something:

Should the snowy area below the hills echo the red of the sunrise?  (This would be done with red tulle.)


Winter Sunrise - commercial cotton and batik, my snow-dyed muslin,  more of arlee's hand-dyed silk

Note that again, I've trimmed the photo to show you what you'd see in a 5" x 7" space, surrounded by a matt.  Quilting to follow once I've made up my mind about the tulle.  Any thoughts?

Linking up with WIP Wednesday on The Needle and Thread Network, so go on over there and check out what Canadian stitchers are up to!


elle said...

Easy Street looks lovely. The dye is suitably mellow. Sunrise on snow? I don't know. I do like the reddish 'shadow'. I also don't know that chinooks make an arch but then I am from the centre of Canada and that isn't in any weather we get.

M-R Charbonneau said...

Great projects. I like the red tulle personally -- great pop.

Mary Ann Tate said...

I like view one with the tulle...more interesting.

Sam said...

Hahaha, I'm going with no tulle, I like a more obvious contrast. One way or another I like both pieces, and a big thumbs up for chinooks, my favorite winter weather.

Regina said...

Another vote for the no-tulle side, also it will be awesome no matter what you do.