Tuesday, May 29, 2018
Two new rounds of Dirty Threads were hatched out despite the weather, but it's gonna be a while before I do this again. You can grab some up here:
Everything step took twice as long as usual. Tedium is not a good creative partner. Come some real summer weather and I'll think about doing it all again. Maybe.
I had some sleepover company Sunday night! We watched junk TV, made art, ate junk food and generally got up to no good, but a good time was had by all.
at May 29, 2018
Sunday, May 27, 2018
The machine was a gift from my folks when we first moved here. Twenty-four hard, abusive years. Mom & Dad, I sure got your money's worth out of this one! Time to drag it and its mismatched partner, the Dryer from Hell, to the metal scrappers. Time to start a new tip jar.
There was some innovation too!
at May 27, 2018
Friday, May 25, 2018
Tuesday, May 22, 2018
I put took them out of the sauce in small groups, six or eight at a time, ensuring they were pretty wet when the dye struck.
The salt/sugar mix was very humid - clumpy. I chose some pretty antagonistic colors, including things that I had been avoiding, like Avocado, hot pink and Hard Red.
The neighbors magnolia trees are blooming and it was threatening to rain. Atmosphere + chemistry.
At first, I was worried that I had knuckled them too much. (just what it sounds like) and then the skies opened up after they had only been batching a few hours. I left them in the rain all night long. The first rinses were very murky, then this happened.
it's a magical batch!
More hot, wet days ahead so I'm going to take another run at getting those golds, aubergines, and limes before this batch is available.
at May 22, 2018
Monday, May 21, 2018
This years table-mopper (so far). It's a big piece of what I call "spanking" cotton. The kind that snaps when you shake it right. Sturdy, not vintage. I'm going to use it all season to see what it can become.
It's going to be hot and humid today and I'm all prepped for a new batch of Dirty Threads. They will probably get the last rinse in a thunderstorm.
What colors do you crave?
Comment and let me know.
at May 21, 2018
Saturday, May 19, 2018
And don't ever make one cup of iced coffee with two spoonfuls of Cafe Bustelo unless you plan on running a marathon.
at May 19, 2018
Monday, May 14, 2018
As late as this is, we were still way ahead of the Annual Frog Fornication Fest. There were no tadpoles for me to round up and relocate this year. They've been noisy at night but slow to get busy. Maybe because the water level was too low?
Tomorrow, Colin will crawl under the deck and replace one of the large delivery hoses. The entire water-carrying infrastructure has been in place since 98. That's the original liner! The deck needs some work but there WILL be swimming this season. Splashing, paddling, drifting and dreaming. The bones of my next book will be born in these waters.
Jimmy was so smart to make this investment.
at May 14, 2018
Sunday, May 13, 2018
I sat with the morning light and tried for a little stitch but it didn't hold me for long - I had scenes to revise. And the studio is heaped with a lot of raw material right now, all of it nagging at me quietly. I'm thinking I'll shove it all into the closet and close the doors until the next rainy day.
Or have a big damn yard sale.
I've been working on the high gardens - redoing and replacing the dirt in the long boxes and clay pots.
This diffenbachia was a wedding gift from our friend Donald. We named it Louie years ago. With almost no care, Louie persists, but a repotting was long overdue.
I've given it a fresh start. We'll see what comes of this.
The peonies continue their fabulous, stinking riot!!
at May 13, 2018
Tuesday, May 08, 2018
The current run is sold out!
For everyone who placed an order as of yesterday, today is shipping day. International friends, I'm getting quotes from the Man Behind the Counter and will email you the bitter results.
It may be a couple of weeks before I can commit to another run, but it will come. In the meantime, there are still plenty of hand-dyed scraps.
He's a little young for explanations, so it was business as usual for us. Not so much for me, but we cracked each other up so often that I didn't have time to get broody. At Publix, he asked the deli man if they sold Monkey Butt Hair Pancakes. The gentleman was sad to report that those were only available on Sunday. Charlie's life is going to be filled with people that he has charmed just by smiling and saying hello.
I fully credit this little being (and the trust of his parents) for throwing me a lifeline after Jimmy left us. We will continue...
at May 08, 2018
Saturday, May 05, 2018
Meanwhile, I got to watch another artist's process. He's very interested in the names of things, like marigolds and bluebirds - the one who pooped on my car!
We had a fun few hours.
Later, a friend with a chainsaw came by and those massive hedges in front of the house have been pared back drastically. Long overdue!
at May 05, 2018
Friday, May 04, 2018
I feel like an old spider, spinning. There's a whole new batch of Dirty Threads ready to ship. I'll hit the PO shortly and again come tuesday.
I'm experimenting with some 'close cousins' colors. Just the warms this time. Lots of blue or green based heathery ones. Mostly mid-tones.
If you are interested in more, email me and we can discuss custom orders. It's an unpredictable process results-wise but that's not to say I can't make a whole set of the same results.
I've had to bump the price a tiny bit. Postage has just gotten ghastly!
at May 04, 2018
Wednesday, May 02, 2018
It was HOT today! The first time (that I've been home) that it was hot enough to break out the dyes. I had a lot of thread prepped and ready to go.
There was every intention of some restraint, colorwise. Hah! I made the twin mistakes of taking down the umbrella and forgetting my hat. My brain fried and I went wild, color-wise.
After pictures tomorrow.
There was also a trio of vintage huck tea towels in the mix. Wonderful hand!
at May 02, 2018
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