Carol R. Eaton Designs

Carol R. Eaton Designs

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Friday, June 24, 2016

A Chance to Win One of a Kind Fabric!

I am the guest blogger for The Printed Fabric Bee during the month of June. Each week I had an opportunity to interview a guest and introduce a unique surface design technique with a focus on working in Plein Air! 

Week 1: Creating an Outdoor Work Space + Ice Cube Fabric Painting
Week 2: Cyanotype & Heligraphic Printing with Sue Reno
Week 3: Rusting Fabric with Maggie Vanderweit
Week 4: Fabric Painting, Dyeing & Discharging Fabrics from a clothesline ~ Finding Creative Inspiration with Lorie Hancock McCown

Hop over to The Printed Fabric Bee blog and leave a comment for a chance to win a pack of fat quarters for each technique discussed in June. The winner will be announced June 30th! 

Only one more post before the Working in Plein Air Series is over and The Printed Fabric Bee moves onto our next member's inspirations and techniques for the month of July!

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Summer Studio Workshops~ Registration is Open!

     Have Fun * Get Messy * Take Home Fabulous Fabric!

I will be hosting a fabric PAINTING workshop August 27th and a fabric DYEING workshop September 10th in my Shelton, CT studio. I'll share my experience from over a decade of experimenting and fine tuning my approach to surface design.

Registration is open - only 10 students per class - so let me know quickly if you'd like to come play! Click on the workshop title to register.

August 27th / 10:00 - 2:00

Learn a number of unique ways to paint the surface of your fabric. We’ll use the sun to print images, we'll create a textured appearance on fabric and you can try my new painting with ice cubes technique... and more! 
Each student will create and take home 4 yards of fabric.

September  10th / 10:00 - 2:00

Learn the secrets of three different surface design techniques; ice dyeing, confetti dyeing and free-motion dyeing. Each method yields very diverse results – all fun and distinctive! We'll be using ice cubes, shakers, spray bottles, silk screens... and more! 
Each student will create and take home 4 ½ yards of fabric.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016


Windham Textile and History Museum
411 Main St. and at 159 Union St
Willimantic, Ct. 06226

June 11th / 10:00 - 4:00

Carol Eaton – Hand Dyed & Painted Fabrics - STOP BY AND SAY HELLO!  
MJ Fiber Art – Unique Hand-Dyed & Painted Fabric 
Michele Palmer – Vintage fabrics including Toile,  Barkcloth & Americana. Her books on textiles, which include some of the fabrics she has for sale. Michele will be on hand to sign books and answer your vintage fabric questions. 
Schiller’s Sewing Circle – Sewing & Embroidery Machine Demo’s 
Catherine Whall Smith - Quilt Art
Stitch Chicks - Quilting Fabric and Notions 
Allison Wilbur – Vintage Quilting & Fiber Art Embellishments

DISPLAY HANGINGS (Dugan, Rear - Union St.) 
Catherine Whall Smith – Fiber Art 
CT Studio Art Quilt Association (SAQA)
Spool Quilt Barbara Barber – Hand painted “Mill Girls”

Heartstrings – Melanie & Mack Johnston, mountain dulcimer, mandolin & guitar 1-2 pm 
Sally Rogers – Folk & Mill Music

DEMONSTRATIONS (Dugan, Rear - Union St.) 
Schiller’s Sewing Circle – Sewing & Embroidery Machines 
Carol R. Eaton Designs – Designing Fabric for a Quilt 

12 pm Hand Quilting – Catherine Whall Smith 
1 pm Folk & Mill Music Sally Rogers 
2 pm Printing Images on Fabric – Catherine Smith and Joan Johnson 
3 pm Working with Pre-Cut Fabric Stitch Chicks Quilt Shop

LECTURES in Main Building (second floor) 
11 am - SAQA Trunk Show - Hope Barton 
11:45 am – Modern Quilting - Rita Hannafin 
1:15 pm - Quilt for Change - Allison Wilbur 
2:00 pm - Mill Girls – Barbara Barber 
2:45 pm – Anatomy of Appraisal Lois Palmer, Certified Quilt Appraiser 

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Magnolia Workshop ~ Kate Themel Teacher!

Look what the First Duchess Quilters created! The fabulous Kate Themel taught another group of students her unique layering technique and as you can see they had fun and created beautiful fabric art. 
Kate and I often collaborate and I dye all of the fabric kits used in her workshops. Please check out Kate's gallery of her personal work ~ you will be blown away! 

Fun with Fabric Folding!

I was playing with folded fabrics this week and then dipped them into the dye here and there. It was unplanned and evolved as the dyes were mixed. Next I mixed up some bleach and water for a little more fabric dipping. It was a fun and playful session! 

Black and Bronze!

Yellow over dyed with red! 

Yellow over dyed with blue!

Black & bleached!
Red & bleached... where did the red go - a bit too long in the bleach! 
It's very freeing to have an unplanned color-a-thon in the studio! There can be lots to learn when experimenting that can be applied towards a more planned project later. 


Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Layering Fabrics for Dyeing!

I was showing my son the layers of painted fabric I recently created and he suggested the same technique using dye... mmm... would it work? 

I settled on the 3 primary colors just to see how they would interact. Using Procion MX dyes I put a yard each into red, blue and yellow. Wringing the fabric out slightly I laid the red down on a covered surface. Next came the blue and then the yellow. 
The yellow background is super pale but the soft blue/purple colors seeping through are interesting. I plan to over dye with the same yellow to get those blue/purple colors to pop a bit more. 

Snooze alert... boring... same-o... same-o!

The blue bleeding into the red was kind of fun. It created a soft purple hue meandering around the fabric!
I would try this technique again but perhaps with just 2 layers. If you try it yourself let me know what you learn and how your project came out! 

Happy Experimenting!