Monday, October 19, 2009

Tea-Dyeing, Berry Time and a Little Stash

I got up the nerve to Tea-Dye "With My Needle" yesterday.

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I actually mixed in a little coffee with the tea and baked in the oven for about 20 minutes at 250. I think it turned out O.K. It wasn't difficult after I got over my initial nervousness.

After dyeing WMN I decided to try to finish up another UFO, "It's Berry Time." I haven't worked on it since July!

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40 ct. Vintage Maritime White, Belle Soie silk (1 over 2).

I'm really hoping to finish it up in the next couple of days. I also got a couple more threads I was needing for Shakespeare's Peddler "Sarah Woodham 1770." I just love this design!

Shakespeare's Peddler "Sarah Woodham 1770"

The fabric I'm thinking of using for it is 40 ct. Vintage Homespun. I could just stare the silks all day long. They are so pretty! I'm so glad Theresa has started doing reproductions - she has such a good eye for color! Write soon!

34 comments:

  1. Beautiful dyeing job, Nicole! I love your WMN! And yes, I'm glad Theresa has started doing repros too. I just love Sarah Woodham and lots of others as well!

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  2. The dye job looks great! I love Theresa's things as well. Can't wait to see your progress as Sarah is on my wish list!

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  3. I think that your tea dyeing came out perfectly Nicole! Just the right amount! I'd be scared to death to try it out, but perhaps one day I will. Those silks are to die for for Sarah. I ordered that too and so I'm looking forward to seeing your start on it!

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  4. You did a great job with the tea/coffee dye. Those silks for Sarah look great too.... it would be hard for me not to start that sampler right away.

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  5. Your tea/coffee dyeing looks great!!! With your speedy needles you will be sharing your Berry Time finish very soon. You are almost finished. It looks fabulous. Those silks are very pretty. I can't wait to see your start on this one. So far, I have resisted ordering this one, but I haven't seen anyone stitching it yet. I am looking forward to seeing your start/progress.

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  6. Love the tea dyed WMN and the BBD piece is just gorgeous.

    Can't wait to see your start on Sarah Woodham. The colors are so pretty.

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  7. Wonderful dye job! I'm drooling over the SW sampler as well - just the perfect colour mix...

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  8. Nicole, you did a fantatic dye job. I like that reproduction sampler as well.

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  9. The staining turned out so well! Very nice.

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  10. Love the tea stained results, so antique looking now. The Berry Time is pretty the red came out great in your picture too. CJ ok;-)

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  11. LOVE LOVE LOVE the tea and coffee dye!

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  12. Oh boy, I really do wish you'd stop showing that project - every time I see it my resolve weakens and I start salivating! :P Seriously, though, your tea and coffee dyeing exercise went really well - and even more seriously that final showing of this project has now officially moved it to my wishlist. It is so "not" my normal stitching style, so I was surprised when I started drooling watching it as a work in progress - but the novelty hasn't worn off, and I love it even more and more every time I see her - yep, I'm hooked! :D

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  13. Hi, Nicole. Your WMN is a masterpiece! It would have scared the living daylight out of me to stain and then bake such a work of art. The result, though, is just perfect!

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  14. Everything you stitch always looks so fantastic! I love Berry Time and look forward to seeing your finished product.

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  15. Oh and my that looks lovely Nicole :) GOOD JOB!
    I have Berry Time languishing in a bag with some silk and the fabric....I would love to start it soon too, but I don't think I'm going to get a chance anytime soon....

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  16. Great job with the tea dyeing, it looks really good.
    Looking forward to watching your progress with Sarah

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  17. They look great! We are going to miss you in MB! I've been SUPER busy the past few days, but I think we're "almost" ready to go! Have fun in FL, talk to you when we both get home!
    Hugs,
    Amy

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  18. Nicole it looks wonderful! I have not been brave enough to try it yet - but I may now!

    Berrytime is such a pretty piece - as much as I love the pattern, stitching with one color just bores me to tears.

    Oh, I just love Sarah - I am just waiting on my fabric to arrive. All of Theresa's designs are just wonderful!

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  19. I love how your dying came out! You're a brave soul!! Those silks are beautiful -- where's that link...

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  20. I think I asked you this before, but how do you get such great pics of your stitching? Do you take the pictures in actual daylight versus under a daylight lamp, for instance?

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  21. Oey, you're KILLIN' me with all of these lovely finishes! I just don't know where to look next!

    As for the tea/coffee dyeing....you are a brave brave soul. The only time I manage to tea/coffee dye is when I spill my morning cup all over the Happy Chair!

    Love love love everything you do!

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  22. Lovely work! The dye job is great.

    Those silks are nummy, too!

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  23. You are a brave woman and a clever one. The fabric looks gorgeous! Well, the entire sampler looks stunning, really. Very well done. And yes, those silks are quite droolworthy

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  24. I just love how WMN turned out, tea-dyeing and all. What a gorgeous piece.

    The silks for Sarah Woodham are incredible. That'll be a really fun stitch.

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  25. That turned out great! Brave of you to dye *after* the stitching... not sure I'd be up for that LOL

    That pile of thread for Sarah is lovely!

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  26. Isn't Sarah Woodham wonderful - I am dying to start that one and I have a lovely piece of stashed LL Homespun - just need to see how many of those silks I have one hand. The dyeing of the WMN piece turned out GREAT ! I love that one and Berry Time is very pretty also. Can't wait to see another update on PL - that is on my "I can NOT start this now list" so I'll just admire your progress - Cheers! Melody

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  27. Love the dye job Nicole, it really looks good.
    I am sure that BT will be finished in no time. Those silks are so pretty, no wonder you like to look at them :-)

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  28. Your tea dying has come up so well, Nicole! Bet you'll use this method more often now you've got some confidence with it?

    I love looking at the gorgeous threads they have these days. We're very spoilt needleworkers in this modern age. :)

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  29. WMN looks gorgeous with the dye job, Berry time is looking lovely.

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  30. Your tea and coffee dye job turned out beautifully. I like the aged look!

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  31. The tea dyeing turned out perfectly! Congrats!

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  32. Oh my God,
    what wonderful blog and wonderful job!!
    I love your XXXXX, I'll go to discover other pages....
    Hugs
    Nadia

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