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July 9, 2021

orange – my colour study for July

I’ve always found it difficult to work with – a little goes a long way

back in 2011 I was commissioned to weave skirt fabric

for Veselka, the local Ukrainian dance team

they compete internationally so this had to be good

27 meters – and they wanted orange – 17 pairs

each skirt was made like two extra wide aprons, worn overlapping back and front

as time was running out I ended up sewing them as well – orange is still not my favorite colour

there isn’t much orange in my stash

this had to be small pieces cut from several different fabric samples

hand stitched leaving the edges raw

what to do for the second side?handspun, natural dyed wool left from last years dyeing challenge

woven on the 4 inch pin loom

handstitched together and then the two sides firmly machine stitched together

cutting loosely woven wool can be a challenge – it can un-ravel without even moving

but it worked!

and the binding prevents any further problems

the evening sun lights up the sun flower

and the day lilies are glowing orange



4 Comments leave one →
  1. Going Batty in Wales permalink
    July 10, 2021 3:56 am

    I was a young newly-wed in the 70’s when we painted whole rooms bright orange! Not now! I love a small amount giving a ‘pop’ of brightness to something more muted but actually you have made me realise that peach is about as bright as it gets in my stash. The gentle, subtle colours you have used are gorgeous.


    • July 10, 2021 10:08 am

      Sue – times and tastes have changed! I too have learned to appreciate a small pop of bright colour – without it a design looks ordinary and boring.

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  2. Kathy permalink
    July 9, 2021 7:44 pm

    I love orange. 🙂 I think your orange study for July is lovely.


    • July 9, 2021 10:07 pm

      Kathy – thank you, I think orange is good in small doses and I like it with pink and also with some purples.


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