Slow Processes

solar dyeing

Recently, I’ve been doing a lot of solar dyeing.  If you want to see the results, take a look at this post over on my other blog.

It’s a slow process but I’m enjoying it.

Another slow process is this:

applique

It’s a slow story but in short, I used an old,worn out but gorgeous skirt as a pattern and made a very boring denim skirt. After a few wears I added the appliques above to all eight panels.

Since then I’ve used variegated silk thread to highlight and stiffen the hem.  I’m not sure I’ve finished yet.  A few more wears and I might know.

The appliques made me think of Japanese Boro quilts and I’ve now cut up a pile of worn out jeans to make my own version.

Do you keep on “improving” your projects?  I’d love to know.

Thanks for dropping by.

 

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Patchwork stripes

Patchwork SkirtMy beach skirt!  We’re not going to the beach until September but I’m ready for it.

Patchwork skirt - backThe back

I made up the patchwork as a piece of fabric and then cut the pieces out of it.  The pieces are all cut on the bias and unfortunately I cut some the wrong way and had to make extra fabric. I used a Burda pattern; there’s a back zip and a slightly elasticated waist.

Sideways onSide view

Now all I need is some good weather…..

Tumbling Blocks Quilt in Progress

I have been working on this tumbling blocks quilt for about two years.  It’s a labour of love.  My aim is to use only the type of prints and colours available in the 19th century. Some of these are my favourite William Morris prints.

In England, tumbling blocks was a favourite Victorian pattern for baby quilts.

The smallest pieces are 1&1/2 inch diamonds tacked (basted) on to stiff paper – glossy magazine covers are very good for this.  You can see the tacking stitches in the photo.

The diamonds are oversewn into a hexagon shape. The aim is to stitch through the fabric only, missing the paper. The paper comes out when all sides of the diamond are completely enclosed.

Each hexagon contains a dark, a medium and a light shade to make the staircase pattern. I’ve made a few mistakes on the way but I’m hoping that this just adds character,

It will probably take me another two years to reach king size, but it is very relaxing to do and after all why hurry?

I’ve linked this post to WIP Wednesday.  Why not take a look at other works in progress?