When inspiration hits you just have to go with it. No matter what else seems to be on the agenda for the day ~save life or death. Such was the case these past couple of days as I experimented with my fresh cocoons and new (old) zakuri.
I learned a few things:
First- the zakuri works just fine- the operator needs some practice! Secondly, I may want to use more cocoons for reeling my silk. I used 6 and while beautiful, it was quite fine and I had trouble re-reeling. Michael from Wormspit and Karen from Entwinements both chimed in over on facebook to give a few tips. I’ll improve next time surely!
Also, never one to waste silk-especially that which I raised here, I ended up cutting the reeled silk off the zakuri and making use of it for some silk cocoon flowers. Now those who have known me for some time really do know that most anything you put into my hands has the possibility of turning onto flowers. Some kind of genetic thing is all I can figure. The cocoons didn’t stand a chance. Actually, I had done a few test flowers with the shibori ribbon using cut cocoons as centers a while back. Never did photograph them as they sold at some show before I got around to it.
Can’t wait to make more but other things need to get done first. Put these in the shop for now…
as micheal so aptly describes silkworms on his famous website Wormspit the silkworms have become my tiny masters. Susan from ito de is also working at raising some too, with varied success. so far i’m good but still i expect i may kill them off at any point in this adventure. here are a few pics at day 5. remember, they were much smaller when they first hatched (hard to believe)-
a few progress pics of the makiage piece you saw in the last post-the front side
and then the madness that is the drawing up of all these threads- a little more madness than i counted on so to remedy that i made adequate preparations…
it certainly did help-
then the indigo madness began-
culminating in this result-
now before you go all gaga and approve, i have some criticisms of the piece to list. first, while all the stitching lines held and the process in general went well, the overall design is not very desirable for makiage.
hard to tell really that it is a fish (if you didn’t know beforehand). so perhaps a bit too complicated for this size of a piece. i think it would have been much improved to my liking if some of the stitching had been eliminated altogether. while these stencils were fine for kanoko shibori, not all of them will translate well to this application. most though are not this complicated and now that i see this i know better which ones i might choose to use in this way. i will say though that using the powdered (cosmetic grade) ground indigo to brush over the stencil worked beautifully and transferred the design efficiently. i’m going to go through the stencils and pick out a few more that i want to try out. i wonder if any of you out there might be interested in purchasing some cotton marked with the design and stitch them up yourselves… think i will test out the thought at the upcoming Quilt Festival in Long Beach.
off to work…and yes, i do know it is a holiday!