Sunday, May 31, 2009
Saturday, May 30, 2009
My dye journal and jewelry journal are valuable references.
I used baseball trading card pocket for my jewelry journal. In each pocket I keep a photo of the assembled jewelry and samples of the fabrics I used for each piece. I refer to this journal all the time to make sure I am matching existing colorways.
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
More homework from Marjie's class. This lesson has us working with the "Nui" dyeing technique which uses string and thread to gather and bind fabric. Beans or small stones are bound in place to create flower like shapes when the dye is added.
I experimented with some hot pink dye applied on the "bean". I cut small slits in plastic wrap and poked the beans through the wrap so I could protect the fabric between the beans from accidental drips.
I let the hot pink dye dry and then overdyed the fabric with a deep saturated sky blue.
Here is the resulting fabric. I spent 4 hours of labor time to produce one fat quarter. Lots of work!
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
Friday, May 1, 2009
I received a blogging award from Kim's Crafty Apple. What a wonderful surprise. Kim, you do so many creative things yourself, have many great ideas and help to support so many others that create so I would like to pass this award back to you. Thank you!
Here are the RULES of this Award:
Thank the person who nominated you for this award.
Copy the logo and place it on your blog.
Link to the person who nominated you for this award.
Name 7 things about yourself that people might find interesting.
Nominate 7 Kreativ Bloggers.
Post links to the 7 blogs you nominate.
Leave a comment on each of the blogs, letting them know they have been nominated.
7 things you "might" find interesting about me:
1. When I get in a creative mode I find it very hard to sleep. I can only dye fabric on the weekends because of this. The lack of sleep gets in the way of my day job.
2. When boxes come in the mail I always want to open them right away. If you want to tease me leave an un opened box sitting in my view. It won't take long for me to ask what is in the box and would you please open it.
3. This is one of my favorite times of year. It is often foggy in the morning and the fireflies in the field at night make me feel as though I am in an enchanted land.
4. I was raised in a small town that became a big city. We have lived on our farm for 7 years and I now find it very hard to spend more than a few days in a city setting. I wish everyone had a chance to live like this at least once in their lifetime.
5. I keep a journal with me at all times to write or draw ideas as they come to me. Well almost all the time...
6. My best inspirations come to me in the shower.
7. I love bold, bright colors - I would wear tie dyes everyday If I could get away with it.
There are so many bloggers that inspire and teach me. I tried to choose some that I may not have mentioned in the past. Each one of these bloggers continues to teach me new things.
Kim of Kim's Crafty Apple - fellow dyer and jack of all trades
Robin of Simply Robin - thanks for finding me and introducing me to your blog and connecting me to your world.
Joyce of J's Quilting Blog - I love her art quilts and explorations in fabric dyeing
Candy of Candied Fabrics - Great products, fabrics and craft/art show advice
Textile Traveler - Great book reviews and art quilt advice
New to me is Vicki Welsh and Field Trips on Fiber - Vicki also sells fabrics on Etsy and has a great blog.