Sunday, October 11, 2009

strange days

It's Sunday and Jim had to work today leaving me to my own devices for the first time in ages. I almost forgot what those days were like but when you start the day with a hearty belt of Robitussin the rest of the day will get weird.

I spent two hours vacuuming & marveling at the cool tracks the old Hoover made in the carpets before I figured out that I was too stoned for housework. So I switched over to art and kept to the practical side of the street.

There was a great score at Goodwill yesterday - I had a need for retail therapy and almost always come away with great finds from there. It pays to live near the affluent.

The gray fellow inviting me to a dance was a large 100% wool J.Crew sweater that accidentally got felted. Now what?
This is a cotton & ramie sweater that I pitched whole into the dyepot. I love dyeing over embroideries. This one will be hacked up and repurposed in dozens of ways.

There is also a leaf green dashiki that was big enough to drive a MiniCooper into. I just haven't had the energy to iron that acreage today or photograph it.
Probably the best find (for 2$) was a pair of Queen sized flat cotton sateen bed sheets. You can never be sure that "100%" cotton does not include a healthy dose of whatever will impede the dye but I cut off a strip for a test and after a nominal soak in the soda ash and just a few hours in the dye, these impromptu shiboris came out just great.

5 comments:

Morna said...

Your "impromptu shiboris" are amaing!

jude said...

look at those colors.

It pays to live near the affluent....ha, ha, ha. have fun hacking and re purposing.

tiedyejudy said...

I snorted when I read the part about the cool tracks the Hoover made.... girl! You are too funny!

a.n.t. said...

lovely "impromtu shibori" - you must share that technique with me, I hate all that tedious stitching and wrapping - arrrrrgh. I UNDERSTAND totally about the groovy marks on carpet - been there, DONE that - lololol
a.n.t.

Leslie said...

Tristan Blakeman is looking for a Mini Cooper sized dashiki, believe it or not. He posted about it on FB yesterday or the day before.