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!

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Acorn Dye Part 2

I bundled my acorn dyed silk with maple and nails. I steamed it for about a half hour and let it set for several days.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Acorn Dye

I fermented the acorns I had for about three weeks. I scraped off the mold and threw the liquid and the acorns in a stainless steel pot then boiled it for about 20 minutes. Now I am going to let it set overnight. This is silk with no pre-mordant. I want to use this as a basis for an eco print, I hope the pink lasts through the whole process.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Spring Cleaning

With half a foot of snow and ice outside I guess calling it spring cleaning is a bit too optimistic. I decided to warm up my studio with color by painting three walls orange. It worked! In order to do this I had to do a bit of cleaning, sorting out and tossing. I came across a lot of good intentions that I decided to pass on to others but I also found ideas and projects that I need to get on with.
I also dusted out the cobwebs and quite a few of the critters that made them, at one point there was a very exciting hobo spider round up behind the laundry hamper. Thankfully, for the sake of my dignity,  there are no pictures of that.
It may be winter outside, but spring is in the studio!

Monday, January 5, 2015

Bean Stew

I tried using black beans following a procedure I found on knibyahenshop. It worked! Not even sure it was using the "right" type of beans-but hey-it turned blue! Anyway, now to see how it washes etc.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Surprise Mordant!

I guess my acorns will have a bit of metal influence, like it or not! How did that get in there? Anyway, these are just soaking so they are easier to crush. Pictures of my recent experiments coming soon.

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Snow Day!

I had all kinds of plans today, the rummage sale at Spokane Art Supply, getting some work done at the Potters Guild, maybe visiting with friends. Oh well, a bit of snow is as good an excuse to putter around the house and studio as any. Miss Not-a-Bird and I will be doing just that. She apparently has no interest in post holiday dieting, so I guess the first thing to do is fill up the feeder.