Uff, finally caught up with the making of these fabric temperature weavings and totes. Including the minimum (night) temperatures made the story complete, in my opinion.
I have 2 running projects for my #TemperatureProject2017: fabric weaving and beads.
Beads, because I have a box full of beads from the past taunting me, and my goal is to de-clutter, working with what I have. The fun bit was sorting out the beads and assigning the temperature gradient.
12 necklaces for 12 bags. How matchy-matchy.
Late last year, Friend Sue planted this crafty seed in my head: create something according to the daily temperature, inspired by the ‘Temperature Blanket’ crochet or knitted projects that have made their presence on the interweb.
The inner geek and stash-busting crafter in me accepted the challenge. Boom! Done. We have our daily maximum recorded temperature data* for all 31 days of January 2017 presented on this wabisabi weaving.
I have decided to make this project more bite-sized and relevant to my style and work since large projects such as blankets, quilts and scarves aren’t my cup of tea…
Behold Miss January 2017. 1st Jan begins at the top.
Onward to 11 more bags!
*Based on my home location 500m above sea level.
Giving this gardening thing another go, we relocated our vegetable beds and fruit trees to the other face of the house. This is a sunnier position and looks promising. One major lesson from the past year was irrigation. Having a timer to do the watering eliminated the task of remembering to keep the little roots happy.
The positives thus far:
- A storm on Boxing Day last year broke our lemon tree at the base. We are happy to see it recovering and regenerating profusely, a few weeks later.
- We have our first fig.
- The tomatoes are clearly enjoying the new location.
- Pests and diseases! Always a challenge when living with bugs.
What may have instigated this was the request for:
something small to put a gift voucher in; or
something flat and light and/or Australian-inspired* to mail overseas; or
something handmade and unique as a Kris Kringle / Secret Santa present for this gift-giving season!
*Chicken and cats do not count :D
To pick a favourite from the multi-step process is not possible. They were all enjoyable — from sketching the birds, cutting the stencil, pressing the ink through the silk screen and finally piecing the little bird fabrics on to cardboard.
OK, so my least favourite would be cutting the stencil part :D
The end result of superimposing prints surprises me!
Little postcard-sized pieces of art, I’d proclaim.
Created a handful of bird illustrations in keeping with the ‘Put a bird on it’ theme… The first stencil I made was of the Crimson Rosella. It is a very colourful bird which I thought would best fit the rainbow patchwork tote.
For now, the other feather friends — the Laughing Kookaburra, Galah, Magpie and Chook — are safely stored in my sketchbook for amusement’s sake. They have been fun to draw!