Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Dyeing Workshop!

I'm delighted to be teaching a workshop on dyeing at the New Britain Museum of American Art on March 29th! 
Learn 3 fun ways to dye fabric!
The class will explore dyeing with ice, the low immersion process and confetti dyeing in a bag. Students will learn how the dye reacts differently to the 3 techniques. Students will gain an understanding of the dye process and tips on how to dye fabric successfully at home. The class will create 3 yards of one-of-a-kind fabric to take home!

Fabric and dyes included; students bring small containers, gloves, dust mask and a few other incidentals. Supply list available with registration.

12:30-4:30 p.m.
Sunday March 29th
Registration required
$70 members/$95 non members

Monday, February 23, 2015

Oh Glorious Snow... You Are Still Here!

The Northeast had a slight reprieve from the bitter cold jet stream this weekend. With 4" of fresh snow and the temperature creeping up into the 30's playing in the snow was a pleasure! 

I didn't take any process photos this session but here is the clean up... phew! 

The clean up photo actually allows you to see what I pull from the recycle bin to create the "snow burst" design. In general any item you place underneath the fabric to elevate it will give you a lovely design. In this session I used the same size containers (on the left) but if you vary the sizes the design is even more interesting... give it a try and remember it's impossible to make a mistake! 

This weekend's finished pieces! 
This is a detail from one of the snow burst centers

This is the full piece at 2 yards
Here is another detail of the snow bursts

These tea towels are much less dramatic but I made them for my 25 year old son who is in need of kitchen supplies (according to his mother!)
This is a second 2 yard piece

Although more mellow the snow bursts are still kinda cool 
Here is the final snow burst to share! Let me know if you try the technique

Saturday, February 21, 2015

SAQA's Fiberlandia Conference Will Be Here Before You Know It!

I'm looking forward to another great SAQA conference May 1 - 3. This year the gathering takes place in Portland, OR so the conference is appropriately titled "Fiberlandia"! As attendees arrive on April 30th I'll be vending fabrics so please stop by to say "hi" and fondling fabric is highly encouraged! The vendors will be there only between 12 - 5 so make sure you allow time to shop.

Doubletree Hotel, 1000 NE Multnomah Street, Portland, OR 

Friday, February 20, 2015

Snow + Clamps + CD's = More Cool Designs!

OK - I'm totally hooked on experimenting with snow and manipulating the fabric for unexpected results! Although using CD's as a resist when dyeing fabric is not new it was a little unusual when dyeing with snow.

The challenge with snow is to ensure enough moisture and dye reach into the center of the clamped fabric. I've resorted to stuffing it into nooks and crannies as it melts!  

 I'll keep experimenting until I get this technique down... I love how the colors migrate across the fabric but I need to get a more consistent pull throughout the piece. I believe I also need to change up the tub I'm dyeing in. Something with less depth might help with the coverage... to be continued! 
Have you tried this yet? What were your results?!

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Look What Linda Cooper Did!

Linda Cooper has been busy creating another beautiful piece titled "Ice Flowers". This is a second in her series... fabulous work Linda!

What a treat to see how Linda used the ice dyed fabrics to create 
these beautiful flowers. 

Snow + Clamps + Dye = Awesome Designs!

I waited for it to warm up from -10 to about 5 degrees before venturing out to collect snow for dyeing! Baby it's cold in Connecticut right now... but I digress! With this challenging weather comes an abundance of snow to dye with and for that I am grateful! 

I'm still experimenting with clamps. I wasn't sure how the snow dyeing technique would work with clamps but they are too fun not to give them a try! 

 I still have some fiddling to do when it comes to how to position the snow on top of a clamped piece for optimum dye coverage. 
 Here is a detail of the multicolored piece. The yellow and orange was a nice pop next to the violet.
In this piece I used only black for color. I wanted to be sure the dye had decent coverage so after the snow melted I scooped some of the dye at the bottom of the tub and poured it over the fabric.

Next I'll try clamps and CD's to see what kind of design I can come up with! Do you have any tips to share?! I'd love to learn more...