animal motif

These short days

Days have been gray and short ... 

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... yet colors are beautifully subtle with no snow to cover them. There is not much that stirs on the shore of my little lake, but sometimes I'm surprised. Yesterday I heard crows calling and looked up to see this red tailed hawk. It seemed unperturbed.

 

I added two items (in the theme of rabbits - moons - greens) to my shop. 


Birch bark dye results, Rabbits revealed

My birch bark dye experiment didn't result in pink. I got a rather pale, warm, gold-ish parchment color. (Birchment?) I like it. I'm sure there are so many variables with plant dyeing, not the least of which is my inexperience dyeing with raw plants. The age of the tree (old in this case), soil, mordants, dirt, temperature of the water, time, etc. The silk organza at the top of the photo took on the most color. The linen on the right took on the least. These will ultimately be over-dyed.

top-silk organza, right-old linen damask, left-silk broadcloth

top-silk organza, right-old linen damask, left-silk broadcloth

I washed the paste out of my rabbit design yesterday . Here's a peek.

rabbits, moon, greens © Kit Eastman

rabbits, moon, greens © Kit Eastman

Pasting rabbits

I've postponed the indigo awhile again, as cooler weather has returned. Meanwhile, I got busy this week pasting my new rabbits-greens-moon stencil on 100% off-white linen from a local fabric outlet, S. R. Harris.  It's funny how every mammal I depict reminds me of my well-fed cat, Lester (in body if not in ears). I have a tendency to make my paste too thick/dry, and have been making an effort to overcome this. This batch felt just right.

paste over stencil

paste over stencil

after pasting the cloth is stretched

after pasting the cloth is stretched