Monday, June 8, 2015

- What a character: Pirate assemblage

Our minds are much on the Outer Banks (OBX) as we get ready for our annual migration to Avon. Don channeled his inner sea captain/pirate ...

Assemblage components: cork fishing bobber from Urbanna Creek (head), wood scrap (nose),
rusted sheet metal (hat), bent nail (pipe), milk paint stained chamois cloth (head scarf),
twisted metal wire (hair), rusted doorknob plate (neck) and milk painted wood baluster scrap

while I tried to narrow down a selection of cloth to bring to the beach ...


As if I'm actually going to have time to stitch while surrounded by grandchildren ... but hey, you never know.

I also did some selective laundering of my dye trials, ultimately discovering that I was primarily sensitive to the blue dye from the Mexican hat petals. Fortunately, after washing the cloths in hot water and detergent the allergic reaction receded while the color (mostly) remained. So I'm now moving on from a quick stitch sample (below right) to the main event: a piece of repurposed linen tablecloth backed with harem cloth to which I've pinned the first building of my take on the Austin skyline ...


Last, but not least, at Grace's request I turned a recent piece of dyed cloth upside down to consider the possibility of using it as a base for a landscape ...

99% sure this was dyed with Mountain Pinks

And just as she suggested, it definitely has potential ...

6 comments:

Marti said...

Sea Captains and sea cloths, what a way to travel...

Ahoy Captain Don O' Pirate, I hope you are going along on this trip to the outer banks, maybe as a passenger above the back seat, staring out the back window aka your "crows nest", talisman of a good sea faring aka driving voyage (that is if you are driving to the outer banks.)

Liz, the colors of your cloths, echoing Texas and equally lovely as cloths for a beach landscape, color of water, sky, sand and that sometimes coral pinky color inside sea shells. Until inspiration or time allows for some stitching, if you have a railing around the front of your sea cabin, I would tie the cloths and let the sea air welcome them and as for the embroidery threads, I just saw them tumbling out of a big sea shell on a table filled with the treasures that your delightful grandsons will proudly collect and show each day...

Liz Ackert said...

Marti - I feel like you've been to the beach with us from your description ... if not in person, certainly in spirit

grace Forrest~Maestas said...

going to where Everyone IS...how so BeautyFULL is that!

and i love that you turned it upside down because that is how it seems to me, so much above
and here, we stand on the rim of the below

Liz Ackert said...

I am looking forward to unplugging for a while ... just being

susan said...

I always love seeing what you're creating - always something beautiful and interesting, to be sure! Heading for the beach sounds wonderful - so does unplugging. Have yourself a grand time!

Liz Ackert said...

It was a grand-parent time indeed!