Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Getting Inventory Ready for Fiberlandia Sales - April 30th!

Slow and steady wins the race... it's my April mantra! I WILL have enough inventory for sale... I WILL have enough inventory by the April 30th SAQA conference! It's time to crush distractions and focus on creating piles and piles of one-of-a-kind fabrics for sale! When every piece is unique it can be pretty slow going but with my new mantra I will be fine (I think!).

Over the weekend I created a small but decent pile of "design starters". Each piece was screened onto my fabric and can be used to spark the beginnings of a new fiber art piece. 
This design was created by Hannah my talented daughter-in-law. I printed about a dozen in a variety of colors. They would be beautiful incorporated into a wall hanging or perhaps on a handbag!

This sweet teacup was designed by Lynn Krawczyk of Smudged Textiles Studio!
Drop by her website to see her latest projects... QA's TV... DVD's and more! 

I can't remember the next 2 artists who created these lovely designs but I will defiantly dig into my files to figure it out! My wish is for artists to sign the screens before they ship them out. I feel sad when I forget who the original screen designer was! 

Monday, March 30, 2015

COMING SOON - Guest Blogger Judy Sall Fiber Artist!

Women's 3/4 Sleeve V-neck T-shirt, Item 1765, Size MJudy Sall is an incredibly talented and creative artist. She's been working with soy wax for many years and I've asked Judy to share her tips and talents with us. In my last post I mentioned how I found it challenging to remove the soy wax from my fabric. Judy is going to debunk the mystery. 

Stay tuned for Judy's guest blog spot later this week!

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Snow Shoeing + Lichen = Inspiration!

When I go snow shoeing I tend to get caught up in looking at the trees and rocks due to the stark contrast between the snow and everything else. I noticed this tree with beautiful lichen growing in circles along the bark. For the rest of the adventure I kept thinking about how to create that very cool lichen-look. 

I started by dyeing a half yard of cotton in the color Jade. Once the fabric was rinsed and washed I used a large round sponge to stamp melted soy wax in a random pattern... trying to channel my inner lichen! Lastly, I immersed the fabric in a dye bath of Havana Brown. It's a bear to cure the waxy cloth but it was the only way I could think of to achieve that lacy lichen look! 

I'm defiantly going to continue creating a lichen-look design only next time I'll tone down the jade to create a softer color. Maybe I'll try thickened dye rather than soy wax... to be continued!   

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Look What Misty Cole Did!

Celestial Spheres, 50"x 50"
I met Misty last spring when we both attended the national SAQA conference in VA. We've stayed connected cyberly (is that a word?!) and I've been able to see some of the cool pieces she's created over the past year! Misty shared Celestial Spheres from a recent exhibition called, The Best Little Quilt Show in Maryland. She combined some of my fabrics with commercial fabrics for this very unique design. The more you look at it the more sub designs you see! 

 Thanks for sharing Misty! 

Over the past year I've stayed connected with a number of artist that I met at the SAQA conference = awesome! SAQA has a west coast conference coming up May 1 - 4 in Portland, OR and I can't wait for the chance to met more fabulous artists! 

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Snow + Folds + Clamps = Cool Designs!

Just for fun I folded and clamped the fabric before topping with snow! I shook dye powder over the surface of the snow and walked away. Once the snow melted I washed the fabric and voila - kinda fun! 

I'm teaching a workshop on dyeing at the New Britain Museum of American Art on March 29th! Sadly I realized too late that the 29th is also Palm Sunday... not the best choice for students! We may have a challenge filling the class - if you're interested please be sure to register now!
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