Sunday, July 29, 2012
Scrappies -- Tiny Rag Dolls
So I have begun making these tiny rag dolls as the perfect excuse to stitch meditatively without the machine, and use the samples of cloth as I experiment (er, putter). I find a running stitch actually is much more flexible getting around the curves.
Their faces began as a hand cut stamp that fades out according to what sort of dye is used, which is fine by me; the whole intent is that they should look old, cobbled by my inner little girl learning her needlecraft, and played with. Wrinkles and tatters are not just tolerated, but encouraged, including the old thread piled up inside the battered buttons, and the puckering from pulled tight stitches.
I especially enjoy the French knot hairdos, which remind me of the pin curls before bedtime, a very long time ago. How did I ever fall asleep with a headful of those?
A bit of research on line yields many exciting blogs on natural dyes, and for now, I recommend the most exciting and impressive Cornell Mycological blog that probes the use of mushrooms and lichen as color sources. And here in the Great Northwet, we are surrounded by fungus and lichen, and deep native textile traditions of pattern and color. More on all of these things as puttering advances. You may not realize it, but we are surrounded with dyestuffs, leaves, grasses, vegetable peelings, soil; it's almost limitless. Stay tuned for new links and the products of that back porch dye pot!