16.10.09

Old October




































Some development on this "playing around with a
traditional pattern"- piece...
There are dark grey blots on the linen patch with the
October embroidery (hardly visible here, though), produced
with tea and iron dye, a method I stumpled upon last month.
Here`s some more of it, on cotton:

























It´s done with a small amount of big leafed black
tea and an iron-pill, just putting boiling water
over it all and letting it sit for two hours or so.
The iron seems to have the effect of encouraging rather
distinct blots just around the tea leaves.


"All things on earth point home in old October;
sailors to sea, travellers to walls and fences,
hunters to field and hollow and the long voice of
hounds, the lover to the love he has forsaken."

(Thomas Wolfe)

Kommentare:

Leslie Avon Miller hat gesagt…

Old October does pull one home. Do you follow India's blog - not all who wander are lost? She dyes fabrics with natural things like leaves all the time.
I love the effects you are getting here with the tea leaves and iron.

suschna hat gesagt…

Alte Eisenpillen habe ich auch noch, gut, daß ich sie nicht weggeworfen habe. Wer weiß, vielleicht gingen auch andere "Medikamente". Dieses Färbeergebnis ist jedenfalls toll, und als zusammengesetzten Streifen wirkt es noch besser.

jenclair hat gesagt…

The colors are wonderful--so soft and comfortable. Love the excerpt from Thomas Wolfe.

ArtSparker hat gesagt…

Old silver in a box.

Threadspider hat gesagt…

Sighingly beautiful piece and poem.

Quilt Architect hat gesagt…

Very romantic. I really like it!!!

I have not heard of this tea dying with iron before. I really need to try something that feels loose and uncontrolled. Good thing to do in October.

ger hat gesagt…

Thanks for liking it... I don´t know about sailors and hunters + such - but October sure is a month for memories (+ for quilting, of course...)

Chrisy hat gesagt…

Just exquisite effects here...a beautiful feast for the eyes...

Deb G hat gesagt…

The tea and iron for dye is great. Such mysterious little images.

ger hat gesagt…

A result already from my playing with traditional patterns is: they´re pleasant - but irregular + mysterious patterns, they´re the better food for eyes + soul...