April Holds So Much Promise
We are able to visit others, shop and eat outside in other venues. The pubs are opening , The chickens are free to roam as well as us. And of course it is spring. All good.
At Eau Brink Studio we are planting many plants including the dyers garden, vegetable patch, fruit trees, wild flower meadow and flowers. Although I am very sad we no longer have our sheep I am very happy we can have our garden back. though the chickens are very interested in all we are doing. We are looking at increasing hives this year too hopefully to four. Lots of fabulous honey.
What’s this got to do with stitching and creating I hear you ask? April is the time we can open our doors again with limited numbers. If the weather permits we can all stroll around the grounds and take a look at everything growing. And many of us will be thinking of the promise of dyes from everything. Any flower, leaf, fruit or vegetable will be viewed as potential dyers material as far as I am concerned. The dyers garden may take a year to fully mature but other items growing can produce great results too.
With this in mind we are experimenting with this on Experimental Wednesday on the third Wednesday of April. Using the heat press so we will have to take it in turns.
This picture is using Cherries. Sliced and placed under the heat press between two pieces of cotton fabric. No mordant. Also two pieces of parchment paper to protect the heat press. I have to say I love it. I will also try with different mordants and we will see what comes of it. I am excited to try the iron as that will bring black into it I hope.
The fabric was dry and unwashed. Egyptian cotton from Empress Mills. What can I make with it? Well it is asking to be quilted to me or beaded. Or maybe both. Will make nice cushions, book covers, needle cases or if your brave enough a larger quilt. Who knows.
This months challenge is called Reclaiming Memories. How you decide to do this is up to you but here are a few suggestions. Using a favourite piece of costume jewellery that is past its best revamp it into a brooch using Powertex, Use a piece of treasured old linen to make a new item, Use cards sent to you by others to make a collage picture, Repurpose a piece of clothing.
You can only use reclaimed items even threads if sewing and fabrics. Lace, buttons and other embellishments. Of course where you reclaim it from is up to you so go to your family and friends, even neighbours to raid their saved items. And of course on the 12th of April the charity shops will be opening again.
Please do remember to send me your pictures of what you make and if you want to what memory has been your inspiration.
Stay safe everyone