1. To work with the marks that stitches leave behind. 2. To make those marks on re-purposed cloth, and/or record them in photographs. 3. To limit my colour palette to hues that can be coaxed from dye plants gathered locally, or from kitchen waste, and to white. 4. To use only water, simple mordants and modifiers, and heat to do the coaxing. And to make this a one-pot per month affair ... one dye bath and one batch of cloth and thread dyed, two batches if I throw more fabric into the exhaust dye. 5. To maybe piece my scraps of dyed cloth together, and perhaps embellish them with further stitches (I may even have the makings of a quilt top in twelve months time).Of course, dyeing anything with botanicals in an eco friendly way is generally slow going, so preparation for each month's 'page' must like as not begin the month before, hence a post titled February in March. I'll try to ensure that March's turns up before April! Here I've torn strips from an ancient cotton sheet, hand stitched and gathered them to create areas that would 'resist' the dye, simmered them in acorn dye liquor - the acorns had been soaking in it since November - and then dipped them into iron water before rinsing and drying. Just as expected the tannins from the acorns have combined with the iron to give wintry shades of grey and duller, darker browns**. And the stitches, now removed, are still visible in the surface patterns they created. Hopefully I'll be able to show you what I do with them next at the end of the month! If you'd like to join in with Alex's challenge just follow the links above.
Don't forget to visit the other Colour Collaborative blogs for more of this month's posts, including two from February's guest bloggers, just click on the links below Sandra at Cherry Heart       Gillian at Tales from a Happy House CJ at Above the River       Jennifer at Thistlebear What is The Colour Collaborative?All creative bloggers make stuff, gather stuff, shape stuff, and share stuff. Mostly they work on their own, but what happens when a group of them work together? Is a creative collaboration greater than the sum of its parts? We think so and we hope you will too. We'll each be offering our own monthly take on a colour related theme, and hoping that in combination our ideas will encourage us, and perhaps you, to think about colour in new ways.