Saturday, August 15, 2015

- Works in progress

So, Armadillo Road won out over Georgia's Window (see Thursday's post for more on that) ...



I'm backstitching the rusted bottle caps between layers of linen and muslin that I first prepped for a kitchen towel here.  The channels in the cloth turned out to be the perfect width for the bottle caps, which is more apparent on the b-side ...



I'm now contemplating several options for the bottom half of the cloth, which I want to echo the bands of triangular plates on the armadillo skin.

I also finished multiple passes with the windfall lichen dye, all the while thinking "I'm going in the polar opposite direction of Amy Meissner's Girl Story series"  ...


To no avail, as the color washed out significantly ...



Now I have some thinking to do about what comes next ...

B-side


But first things first ... there's a new home for Griffin to move in to this weekend!


Which means we get to return some boxes stored at our house for the past few months and finally deliver this housewarming present.

9 comments:

Dana said...

Congratulations to Griffin and his family on their new home. May it be a place of peace, happiness and growth for all of them.
Brilliant idea to use those bottle caps for the armadillo rounds. The washing out of the lichen dye is disappointing, although I really like the vestiges that remain.

Liz Ackert said...

Thank you for your new home good wishes ... I will pass them on.

As for the lichen dye, I really thought the edges would hold more color relative to the center. No matter, I'm thinking about touching up those edges with something else. You've been a great role model in that regard.

Amy Meissner said...

Liz--thanks for the link up to the Girl Story post! Sorry all that gorgeous lichen color washed away. DRAT. It's still lovely. I'm sure you're familiar with the work of Alice Fox ... your bottle caps reminded me of her work. Beautiful!
XO
Amy

Liz Ackert said...

Amy - Thanks for stopping by. I'm not too fussed about the lichen ... there's a plan b.

And yes, I'm impatiently awaiting my copy of Alice Fox's new book.

grace Forrest~Maestas said...

this is a color i LOVE, i once got from onion skins on previously tea dyed. Which of course
writing, made me think about combining dye stuff....
i wish it had stayed....

susan said...

I love the way you think, Liz. You always have the best, most creative ideas and you're not afraid to try to execute them. Bravo!

Liz Ackert said...

I knew the lichen would fade, which is why I dipped it so many times ... but I really hoped it would hang more on the edge. So, I'll just do some more wicking in another dye pot.

Liz Ackert said...

Great play on words ... and a game response to a road kill project (ha!)

Mo Crow said...

armadillos are such wonderfully bizarre creatures, here's some early illustrations
http://ximenez.unibe.ch/material/exotica/armadillo/
http://medievalpoc.tumblr.com/post/98329036173/stefano-della-bella-amerique-america-italy