Sunday, April 4, 2010

If it is Sunny, With No Wind, Then.........

it must be time for sunprints!! Besides sun, no wind, (not quite so much heat) another necessary element is something to shield the dyed cloth with as the dye dries in the sun. I like to use natrual elements, preferably from my garden. You know how much I love my garden!!! Several of my climbing roses are sprouting lovely loads of new green leaves so I combines a smattering of rose leaves with some honeysuckle vine and some Japanese Iris and Daylilly pods. At the bootom you can see that I added several of my plastic doily's for a lacy texture. The whole reason for this piece is to round out a collection of hand dyed fabrics that I showed you and talked about in this post.
So I suppose that you would like to see the result???

Here it is!


And here is a close up!




I love the way that you can achieve nice hard crisp edges with the leaves that really stick down to the fabric while the things that cast shadows but don't adhere tightly to the fabric, give nice soft lines- texture, texture, texture!!!


So my new yellow fabric has now joined the other pieces that will become a shirt in the very near future. I have also added several pieces of hand painted lace that I will collage onto the shirt in as yet to be determines spots, probably shoulder and back yoke areas. Iam really excited about this project and I plan to have it ready to wear to the Art And Soul Retreat in Hampton, VA in May. Will any of you be attending Hampton Art and Soul this year?????If so, send me a line and we can make plans to hook up!!!
Now , as it is getting late and I have ahd a busy day I will leave you with a picture of my Rat Terrier Buddy, otherwise known as King Of the Couch! He gets himself under the covers.

13 comments:

Vicki W said...

These are great! I am hoping to do some sun prints soon myself.

Gerrie said...

I love the sunprints. Maybe in a few weeks I will have sun for more than two minutes!!

Elizabeth Seaver said...

I do love your sun prints. I look forward to seeing the shirt you are planning.

Meg Fowler said...

Elizabeth, lovely prints. I plan to do some next week. Weatherwoman predicts sunny days. And wear that shirt to Diana's journaling party so that I will recognize you at our first meeting!!!

Natalya Aikens said...

lovely lovely sunprints!
and thanks for your kind words about my work once again!!

Natalya Aikens said...

PS we have the Rashenka's eggs book, my girls love it! thanks for the mention...

Jackie said...

I am replying here as I can't find an e mail . Prefelts: Just make a whole pile of them to have at heand by making a two layer piece of felt and only rolling it for about 40 rolls in each direction. You can use these pieces to cut up and apply to each other and then felt further. Or you can just felt them together to each other. You can stitch them then roll some more, or just use them to add to other items. If you can't get them to attach you can start with the embellisher then wet felt them.Hope thats helpful

Marilyn Rock said...

Man; I wish I could sleep like Buddy does :) Toooooooooooooo cute! Love that photo! Your sun prints are stunning! xxoo

Ro Bruhn said...

We live in one of the sunniest countries in the world yet I've never tried sun printing, I must give this a go yours look wonderful Elizabeth.

Leslie Brier, Brier Design Studio said...

I love that bright yellow. Those sunprints are gorgeous. I have to try that with you one of these days. Love the new blog header, too!
L

martha brown said...

I LOVE the doily sunprint -- I really must try it :)

Dot said...

Your sun prints are stunning! You must have the best fabric stash (am drooling here).
Dot xx

Mary Sheehan Winn said...

Oh your work is to DYE for. I couldn't resist ;) My heart went pitter patter just looking at those beautiful colors. And Buddy is a sweet couch spud!!

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