Take a long sigh, steam and boil.

This week in Studio Melly, processing has been happening, it is time to steam and boil fabrics! I kind of think about these things as, designing, printing, processing. And right now, I am at the processing stage. The studio needed some clean up and neatening too. So I went through my backlog of printed fabrics, and liberally placed as many pieces in the steam pile as possible. I got through most of it. I have one more soak and boil, and I will be done for a while. Phew.

I boil fabrics, I prefer it. I am an apartment dweller and we do not have a washer and drier. It is just easier to soak and boil fabric, if you ask me. 

While sorting through my back log, I came across this gem, it is a ‘rag’ or trial piece. A piece of fabric where I try out dye viscosity, stamp ideas, ghost printing, whatever crosses my mind. I curate these pieces and tuck them away from myself judiciously. 🙂

I think it will lend itself nicely to embroidery! …Do I feel an embroidery fit coming on?

I came across this print, featuring a Loggerhead Shrike. I drew this bird, originally, from the pages of Birder’s World magazine. I have used this image in so many different and varying pieces, I love working with the same image over time and in series. This Shrike print was featured in a quilt seen in the link above.

And I have a Speed Print session drip drying in the shower. The tiles make that snapshot a bit yellow, but I assure you, the colors are much more bright and snappy than what you can see here.

You know, this is part of processing!


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  1. Jeannie says:

    I love this post. I have been studying my birds all winter. Watching their interactions. Are the house finches bullies? Not really, they take their turn. The yellow rumped warblers are the most polite. You wanted that grape? Oh, excuse me, go ahead. LOL! The songs are beginning to change, a hint of brighter yellow is appearing on the goldfinch and the house finch is getting more scarlet. I love watching your process and how you work. I get energy, even this far away from you. The good kind of energy. The energy to create. (I’m embroidering in the evening. I took a page out of a coloring book I received and transferred it to cloth.) Have a beautiful weekend. xoxo