Notions-Drye Goods Studio Diary

Hello! I post pictures of my work, my work in progress, my travels, interesting stuff I see in my yard or elsewhere and the very rare rant-always fun! Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Jar Dyes

I decided  to put up some "witch jars" today. I call them that as sometimes the results  are magical - sometimes kind of scary! Anyway, these will set on the sunny side of the greenhouse  until I need something  to  steam print then I will take them out and work with them. About the only experiment  in these are privet  berries, they got really dried out, not sure what will happen!

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Sea Glass

When I decided months ago to tumble my own glass shards I had no idea it would  turn into  such a project. First the saved bottles  need to be stored. This morning  I realized  just exactly  how many there were so I had better get at it before I end up on Hoarders.  Or an AA meeting. Of course  the  first one I smashed had all the really good chunks stuck to the label. Since I didn't  really want to slice up my fingers trying  to  get those pieces off, I have resorted  to soaking the labels off the bottles  first. Now to begin the peeling process. I feel the same way I do when faced with making potato  salad. I want the salad, but wish the elves were here to make it!

Monday, April 6, 2015

Green Again!

Yesterday I discovered the balsam  root is up and some far enough  along to pick. It is so nice to have a green plant to work with. I also found  the beginnings  of  knapweed and artemisia  so I am tossing that in with dried leaves, privet  berries  and the red blossoms  from cottonwood.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Fern with Copper

I went to the Washington  coast last week. I think this is the first time I ever tried fern with copper pipe as the mordant. I had wrapped  the silk around  a pipe with some vinegar  water for a few weeks  before, so it was good and green. I was surprised  it printed so well and that it was, well, copper colored!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Tube Beads

I had TV to catch up on last night so I caught  up  on  some ceramics  ideas too. These tubes will end up on skinny scarves.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Rainy Sunday

Today was a good day. I got a lot done on the domestic front and managed  to accomplish  a few things  in  the  studio. The bust forms are done, did some dyeing  with red cabbage  and I got to open this up and see what happened. This is privet berries  with miscellaneous  dried leaves and rusty objects. Apparently  from what  I  have  read you can get blue or green  depending  on  the  mordant. Now I am watching  the  quail  clean up under the bird feeder, goodnight  all!

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Booth for this year

I really  like my set up for this year. It is easy to set up while still having enough  for the client to choose from!