Tuesday, October 4, 2016

- What if ...

Retrospective (10/14)

Patch #278 Shibori butterfly wing


Original Post 

What if I tried doing shibori with Inktense pencils? Couldn't find anything when I searched Google and Pinterest.

So I tried wrapping a small bit of blue linen on a tiny Cracker Barrel maple syrup jar. Scrunched it down, spritzed it with water, then layered on some blue, green, and gray ...


Then I stitched up another bit ...


gathered it ...


spritzed it with water and hit the edges with black. Here's how it looked after being rinsed and pressed ...


I think it has potential. Now if I can just figure out how best to imitate these beauties on the mistflower ...


which Don just identified as queen butterflies by checking the Wildflower Center website ...


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4 comments:

Susan McQuade said...

Ironically, I was thinking about how to use butterflies in my patches as I was wearing a top yesterday that has them beautifully embellished. The shibori is fascinating. The color is very autumnal. Love that word "autumnal." Are you using mostly floss for stitching?

Liz Ackert said...

Butterflies are everywhere right now ... if only more of them would stay still long enough to be photographed! And yes to autumn, even though it's not quite here yet.

As to floss ... I use it for embroidering and for sewing patches together. Hard experience has made me cautious, as not all flosses are created equal. DMC is my main go to, but if money were no object I'd buy more of the subtly variegated threads made by The Gentle Art (www.gentleart.com). In addition to being beautifully colored, I think they're also a shade finer than DMC.

jude said...

ha! love your results, i have the pencils out too for a different reason, but yes, they are dye.

Liz Ackert said...

Looking forward to seeing what you're doing with yours ...