Hello! I present you with The Free Dictionary's definition of "cocoon":
a. A protective case of silk or similar fibrous material spun by the larvae of moths and other insects that serves as a covering for their pupal stage.
b. A similar natural protective covering or structure, such as the egg case of a spider.
2. A protective plastic coating that is placed over stored military or naval equipment.
3. Something suggestive of a cocoon in appearance or purpose: "a congressionally mandated process that will gradually strip these institutions of a cocoon of regulations" (Edward Meadows).
v. co·cooned, co·coon·ing, co·coons
v.tr. To envelop in or as if in a cocoon, as for protection from a harsh or unfriendly environment.
v.intr. To retreat as if into a cocoon, as for security from a harsh or unfriendly environment.
You get the idea I'm sure. Yep, I have spent the last few months in my in-home studio, enveloped in piles of projects of various sorts. (And, I love the fact that the definition of cocoon involves silk or similar fibrous material... think I need to spin myself one of these!)
Since I don't have the time or $ to hit up the mall, I have been hitting up the neighborhood rummage sales and thrift shops and jazzing up some items myself. Textile block printing is great way to do this. Here are two of my favorite revamped (and polka-dotted) items.
Silk Scarf Painting
Participation in a recent craft fair for Bay View Gallery Night last month motivated me to do lots of silk scarf painting (which I LOVE to do!). I made a big batch of scarves and utilized some new techniques (like drawing and putting dye into the resist solution) and some tried-and-true methods (block printing with ink and resists, free painting, tie-dye, etc.). I sold most of what I made, so I'll be making up a new batch for Christmas gifts soon. (Spoiler...)
|Mini Vibrant 6"x 6" Wycinanki|
|Wycinanki Coaster Set|
|New Polish Cards|
Living the Life
Fall is so much fun, and I've been enjoying the pleasantries (baked apples, leaf piles and the like), celebrating Halloween and another birthday with the family, etc. We also had a chance to visit some of my hubs' relatives in Eau Claire a few weeks ago, which was lovely. I leave you with a picture of this gorgeous mosaic my 7 year old niece, Addy, created for me (so sweet!).
Happy Fall, Everyone.