Sunday, July 10, 2011
grizzly of the sea...
just before i head out this morning...i wanted to share my new steller sea lion. he is completely hand stitched (hmm, and i have a bit of a sunburn to show for my time stitching on the lawn yesterday). i layered hand dyed (and natural dyed) silk and wool and linen on top of his linen body to create the ruff around his neck, and i think he's got great texture. so many little stitches covering his body. quite different than the last sea lion, as mentioned, but i think it shows how my work is evolving. he has a great character, i find, stoic like so many mature bulls, and he comes without the fishy smell of a real one!
if you're wondering, the head and some of the mane around his neck were dyed with red onion skins - i love the warm bronze-y tone that i got from them. the other fabric around his neck was dyed by margie, but it has a great mottled tone too. the incredible depth of natural dyed fabrics never ceases to amaze me.
anyway, i seem to be rambling. i think it's too early, even though it's not really. you can find this little sea lion here. wishing you all a wonderful sunday.
and if you need some sunday reading, i recommend you check out the new issue of b.a.h. magazine. a great read - and after margie's article on solar dyeing i tried her technique yesterday. we'll see what develops this week!