Sunday, September 11, 2011

More, more, MORE!

Saffron to Red!  Yep, got it.  Mala project, next version.  After the yellow got overrun by everything else with the first run, I decided to do another set.   (I need a direct pipeline to fabric from Dharma -- I'll be ordering more soon!)

This time, I decreased the concentration of the red and added 2 cc increments (yes, using a syringe) to each bag.   As you can see the first and last colors are very different, but the in-betweens are a gentle gradation.  Exactly what I wanted.

Last weekend, I had an A-HA moment.  Most weekends, I have dinner with my best friend, and we watch Netflix.   But I had become intrigued with a story I read on line about the Nangchen Nuns of Tibet.  These Buddhist women have an incredible story, now a feature-length documentary entitled Blessings.  As I watched this incredibly beautiful story, I realized that the colors I was seeking are the colors of their robes, which made the project all the more special.  And the next day, I dyed them.

Now to complete the saffron to blue run.  The first one was a bit too yellow, so back to the dye pots today.  Stay tuned!


stnora said...

Saw your St Omer's labyrinth quilt and was amazed at how like the one I did for my daughter's wedding last year it is. I used McKenna Ryans varigated fabric and also went from dark on the outside to light in the center. I love how just like in life the path takes one through dark and light places before ending up in the light we always seek. My daughter is a graphic designer so I knew I couldn't make a regular quilt for her with stars or such. I was looking for hand held labyrinths for my bereavement patients and saw the St. Omer's pattern in just a line drawing and loved how the cross emerges through the piecing. I started with graph paper and figured out how big my strips needed to be to get the finished size, then started in the middle and worked out doing all four sides at once until I got to the outside, changing my color where I thought it would allow me to not run out of fabric. Of course I was wrong but was able to get more on line. My next labyrinth will be for the Ovarian Cancer quilt I do each year in memory of our daughter who passed away when she was 26. This year we raised $10,000 with the matching funds provided by OutRun Ovarian Cancer.... so taking perfectly good cloth, cutting it up into little pieces and sewing it back together isn't crazy, is it? LOL

Deborah Pace said...

Wendy, I saw your beautiful fabrics with the gradation of colors. What did you use for your dyes. I'm curious to find out.
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