Friday, June 15, 2012

mostly mending





Since I'm taking a boro class at Spirit Cloth, I've been on the lookout for items around here that could use some hand mending or recycling, mostly clothing. I just remembered this scatter rug that I bought at a thrift store a long time ago for five dollars, handmade out of colorful polyester squares and backed with light gray corduroy. (I flattened some of the squares up there to show how it's put together.) I've washed it hundreds of times by now so it's not surprising the back doesn't have a trace of corduroy left and it's beyond threadbare in several places. Still functional and a pleasure for bare feet and napping dogs, this can definitely use mending -- I'm thinking about patches or maybe even a whole new back. It could be reversible?

The beehive sprang a leak on the second floor -- there was a line of honey streaming down the front of the bee house. My husband collected some in a glass, I still need to strain it because there are unidentified floating objects in there. This was our first taste of wonderful honey and we were not disappointed. And the honeybees had mended the leak by the next morning.

Headed for the dye-pot, some old cotton napkins in rinse water after soaking overnight in soy milk. One is being over-dyed for lack of color transfer at the first go-round -- although when it's wet, it looks just fine. Now, if we eco-dyers could just keep the wet look!

Thanks for visiting here and happy weekending! xo


15 comments:

liniecat said...

An interesting method for making a rug that, and it looks really pretty.
What clever girls you have in that hive lol

deanna7trees said...

how exciting to get to taste the honey. and yes...the wet look...always seems to show the prints better. you reminded me that i need to soak some cotton in soy milk.

Starr I am said...

Its just full of beauty around here...

handstories said...

this is the first time i've ever heard of springing a leak being good news!

Trish said...

Wonderful little bees... and wonderful you! xxx

Chloe Grice said...

It must be great to collect your own honey, how wonderful!

Nancy said...

What an interesting rug! And I agree...all my stuff looks great wet!

woman with wings said...

Lyn, this rug could easily be duplicated if I just had a couple hundred little pieces of polyester!

woman with wings said...

Deanna, the honey is very mild and I'm tasting just a little at a time to make it last. My husband doesn't really go for honey that much so I'll probably end up having the rest to myself.

woman with wings said...

Thank you, Starr I Am -- I think the same over at your place.

woman with wings said...

Cindy -- ha, good one! And you're right.

woman with wings said...

Thank you, wonderful Trish!

woman with wings said...

Chloe Grice, it gives me a taste of our future, hopefully.

woman with wings said...

Nancy, good thing we can take photos. When I feel bad about my outcomes, I can just look at those!

Jo said...

Gift from the bees!