I went for a hike in Cooper’s Rock in West Virginia. The woods were eerie, with the wind and creaking trees often sounding like children crying out, trying to lead me deeper into the woods. I occasionally glimpsed a hiker just where the trail curved out of sight, but nobody appeared when the trail straightened out. It was a one way trail, so if there was a hiker, he or she walked in less than half a mile and turned around.
It was pretty, despite the oddness. But I think it would be prettier when the rhododendron are in bloom.
I wanted to try my hand at katazome, I made some stencils using plastic stencil paper. It took two tries to get the rice paste right, and then it took a bit of time to get the hang of applying the paste, leading to some rather messy sections. My attempts at shibori on the sleeves didn’t work out very well, but the end result is a unique blue shirt based on designs I drew and cut myself (one stencil was based on an antique cloth I saw at http://dailyjapanesetextile.wordpress.com).
I have a summer weight indigo cardigan, and I decided to dye a winter weight one. I’m pleased with the color, and now seemed an appropriate time to replace the buttons with squid buttons I had bought last year. I guess it can be a kraken cardigan now.
Most chambray shirts are a bit bland in terms of color, they mix white and one color threads, usually blue. I want to see more variety, like red and black, or blue and green. Without weaving my own fabric, my options are limited to taking white and black chambray and dyeing it. I dyed two red, and then overdyed one in indigo. This produced a red and black chambray, and a purple and black chambray. I like both colors quite a bit.
This henley started white, I dyed it yellow with turmeric, and then dyed it indigo, hoping for a green color. It didn’t come out green, but the blue has a bit of a green tint, it reminds me of some of the Maine ocean. Maybe that us better than a standard green.