Dyeing paper

I thought I’d write a short post on paper dyeing. Haha ๐Ÿ˜„ most of my posts are short!

I use these papers in my journals because I like the antiquey look and it makes for a interesting journal. It’s particularly useful when using lots of different papers as it unifies while each piece retains its intrinsic qualities.

Here is an image of the onion skins simmering away…

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In the image below from left to right is coffee dyed, onion skin dyed and tea dyed paper.

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I onion dyed a batch of paper this morning. I love the golden colour it produces, it’s a very rich colour. I used an aluminium dyepot that I knew would dull the colour. As the Rayburn was lit and the oven not too hot I dried the paper in there on old cake racks.

It’s important to use separate pots and utensils for dyeing and to store them away from those used for food.

I placed coins on the following sheet before it went in the oven. I like the results…

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I will try this technique again.

As the dye bath is not depleted of onion skin dye I’ve put a hank of my handspun yarn in it. I’ll leave it to soak for a day or so.

Thanks for dropping by

Tracey xx ๐ŸŒผ๐Ÿ’๐ŸŒธ

Sunday update

The sun is shining here in the land of The Sumner People. Makes a nice change.

Here’s a blanket update. There’s an addition of eight rows to each blanket since I last posted. This is part of the CAL hosted byย Eleonora over at Coastal Crochet blog.

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I hooked up this mandala yesterday. It needs a light steam but at least the ends are all tucked away…

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And the biggest socks I’ve made thus far ~ UK size 12.

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And this…

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Another stashbusting blanket! A long wave stitched pattern using more typical Tracey colours.

I’m wondering what to do with this. Measures about 8″ ร— 18″ I made it years ago with no particular thing in mind. I’ve just washed it. It’s using handspun and commercial yarn.

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It followed on from creating this which is also a mix of handspun and commercial yarn. I haven’t worn it for ages as the bat wing sleeves are annoying…

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I guess I made it about 16 years ago.

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I trapped the cuff in the door so that you can see the amount of fabric that hangs below the arm. The jumper contains a lot of handspun that is also hand dyed. I need to do something with but haven’t figured what yet.

So much to consider while I keep on stitching.

Thank you so much for all your comments on my last craft update post. Your love and kindness greatly encouraged me. I’ve re started my faith journaling and finding that really helpful.

I certainly have lots to do to keep me busy ๐Ÿ˜†

Thanks for visiting me here in my little craft sanctuaryย ย ๐Ÿ˜ƒย TTFN โค

 

 

 

 

Monday update of crafty meanderings

This is some of what I’ve been creating this week…

I found a mandala that had been started quite sometime ago and was about a quarter towards completion, so I finished it. I made the pattern up as I went along…

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As I enjoyed it so much I thought I needed to expand my skills so I purchased this…

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It’s published by Interweave Press so I knew it would be good.ย  As soon as it arrived I hooked up this one…

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I started and finished a pair of socks. Go me!…

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Eleonora continues to beaver away over atย Coastal Crochet blogย designing new rows for us each week. Here’s my blankets with their latest rows added…

There’s a couple of other items that I haven’t managed to work on this week. I have been spinning and I’m about halfway through a 350 gram bag mix of merino and silk from John Arbon Textiles. I can’t get the colour right but here it is thus far…

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I’m struggling at the moment and I’m not sure how to put it into words. It’s a lot of things and most of it underpinned by lack of self worth. I’m also affected by a lack of understanding by a person this week of the limitations of my sensory processing disorder. The person does not read my blog.

I’m letting you know as I sense myself withdrawing into myself even more than usual. I think it might help me to acknowledge this.

So that’s it for now. Thanks so much for dropping by โค

Crafty update

It’s been lovely to be cosy inside our cottage crafting while it’s been like this outside…

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Latest pair of socks hot off the needles…

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Our grandchildren are delighted with their jumpers…

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How many masks can you wear all at the same time? Young Master counted seven!

The current progress of the Coastal stashbusting blanket CAL…

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All thanks toย  Eleonoraย . If you love daffodils go check out Eleonora’sย here , aren’t they beautiful?ย  I love the way she has photographed them ๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’›

There’s other crafty happenings on the bobbins, hooks and needles but they can wait for another time ๐Ÿ™‚

Bye for now ๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒป๐ŸŒผโค๐Ÿค๐Ÿ’

 

 

Two finished items ๐Ÿ˜† yippee !

I set myself the task of finishing two things over the weekend – my grandson’s jumper and the throw on the loom. It was a tall order and I didn’t manage to finish til just now but they are complete, yay ๐Ÿ™Œ

So, without further ado, here they are…

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I’m ace at this stashbusting ๐Ÿ˜†

The jumper is inspired byย Eleonora’s crochet along .

 

 

 

 

 

Another finished item :)

I started this jumper last Tuesday evening and would have finished it by Friday but we had the most wonderful of interruptions – grandchildren, daughter and son in law ๐Ÿ™‚ – for three days.

This jumper is for my granddaughter who turned seven last year. The sleeve colours are her choice. I made the pattern (as in the shape) up as I went along. Do you recognise the colourful pattern? Yes, it’s fromย Eleonora’s crochet-along Coastal blanket stash busterย  After I had finished last week’s rows I got to thinking about how it might look as the back and front of a jumper.

I mostly used Stylecraft Special dk which isn’t a yarn I would usually use for a garment, but I am stashbusting. I left the neck plain as I thought a picot edge could be annoying. I adding a bit of picot to the sleeve edges and a crocheted pompom edge to the bottom of the garment.

I had hoped to finish it while they were here but I was too tired in the evenings. I think Lovely Miss will be pleased.

I now need to crochet the latest rows on my blankets. Bye ๐Ÿ‘‹ for now ๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒป๐ŸŒผโค๐Ÿค๐Ÿ•๐Ÿถ