Made on Monday 41 – Autumnal Equinox

What’s Cooking In the Night Kitchen?

I don’t know about you all, but I am wakeful at the wrongest times, and quite often. I think the cat gets up for a snack around 3 a.m. and she wakes me up when she walks across me on her way to the kitchen. This is the cat in question. img_2246-version-2When I wake up at that hour, it is often hard to return to sleep. I’ve had enough sleep to feel fairly rested, but noting the time, I begin to worry about not going back to sleep, and then other thoughts begin to creep in.While this is somewhat annoying, I find I have some of my best creative inspirations during the wee hours. I have become obsessed with an idea of making a quilt that reflects the way these ideas come to me when I would rather be sleeping. I had a vision of all the workers in my head marching around and creating these images that would appear out of the darkness. So this week, I started doing some experiments with bleach pens and discharge paste on commercially dyed dark fabrics I had lying around. Ultimately I will want to dye my own fabric and discharge and embellish it afterward, but right now I don’t have the space available to make that big of a mess, so I’m starting small. I came up with some interesting scraps of this and that, and decided to use them for my next batch of Made on Monday pieces. Here is the first one. This was made with Jacquard Discharge Paste, stenciled on a commercial print (black printed with a dark gray design), origin unknown. I liked the way the background discharged to a lighter color than the printed design, creating an interesting texture.I added color back into the leaf image with pastel dye sticks, and I added some machine stitching. Happy Autumn!


For Kate Bridger‘s  Made on Monday.

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3 thoughts on “Made on Monday 41 – Autumnal Equinox

  1. No cat but I still wake up in the middle of the night. I hadn’t heard of discharge pens before. You’ve had fun with it!


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