I'm half way through the first month! If you've been following along you'll recognize the overdyed Laura Ashley scrap in the top left. Below that is a piece of percale that I folded, bound and dipped in the indigo vat, known as itajime. It looks dipdyed, but that's just because it's such a small piece of the whole fabric. I'm not sure where the stripe on the right came from. It appears to be a handloomed cotton, probably from India. I'm using a lighter colored thread here, again, leftover poly core cotton used to tie up the hiranui bundles.
Today I've added a piece of block printed cotton. If you've been following along you might have some sense of where this is, having seen the piece on the right and the piece on the bottom in prior pictures. I'm going to continue photographing close up pictures until I begin the decorative stitchin. Until then, it remains a mystery. To me most of all!
Today I added a little scrap of one of my favorite textiles, a serape. It's more serape-inspired, but it definitely makes you think it's a serape, just without the bulk and the propensity to fray faster than you can stitch. The weft yarns are an orangey-pinkie sort of color which relates to another little scrap that you can't see in this photo. At the bottom is another section of the block printed cotton I overdyed in the indigo vat. At the top is a scrap leftover after trimming a pillow cover that had been machine topstitched. I really never, ever throw away any scrap. I have one of these cheap plastic drawer bin things and have one drawer dedicated to bits and bobs. After I trim something I scoop all the scraps into the drawer. I use them almost as quickly as I stuff them in there.
I had a small scrap of upholstery fabric left from a client's project that worked perfectly with the thread I had leftover from my pole-wrapped shibori indigo dye vat. At this point I'm most stitching around the edges of the scraps, just to get them attached, then I'll come back through and add stitches to make sure there aren't any gaps and sags in the finished piece.