Saturday, July 16, 2011
a sea of purple...
when i posted these flickr faves a few weeks ago, it seemed some people are not necessarily as enamoured with the colour as i am. but i'm quite happy to say that i love purple; it's one of the colours i wear regularly. which is funny, as my favourite colour is red, but i wear it a lot less often, although there are many red accents about my house. okay, back from that tangent...
this week i was definitely in a purple frame of mind with my stitching, as you can see from the collection above. a new sea urchin in natural dyed linen, a dark purple sea star in repurposed wool, a lighter purple sea star in natural dyed wool, and a varnish clam in bits of natural dyed cotton and silk.
the ochre stars and sea urchin are similar to items i have made before, but the clam shell is something new. after i made a half mussel shell, i knew i wanted to try a complete shell that could open and close. erin had mentioned on flickr, upon seeing some of my natural dyed fabrics, that the purple cabbage dyed silk reminded her of the inside of these specific clams. when you walk the beaches around here, there are many of these shells washed up on the shore, and their vibrant purple insides are a beautiful spot of colour. so her comment spurred me on a mission to make one. varnish clams (also called dark mahogany clams) have a curious brown outer layer (the periostracum) that peels off, giving them their name. it was fun to stitch on the brown layer, and the nature of my stitching helped give it that fragile, curling appearance that you see on the real clams. all the fabrics on this clam shell are natural dyed except for a bit of white repurposed cotton.
i heard someone on cbc yesterday refer to this as our "bummer summer". while i know most of the rest of north america is experiencing a heat wave, we are not seeing that here. it has been raining off and on for several days now, and temps are well below normal. it's a bit gloomy to be sure - no wonder i've been picking up my knitting more frequently, which is exactly what i think i'm going to do for the rest of the afternoon. if you are where it's sunny and warm, have a nice cold bevy for me, okay?
what i'm like today:
• maggie's pinky summertime evening photos
• and i'm thinking about making these whole what raspberry ricotta scones later this weekend