Thursday, May 27, 2010


The funeral will be Tuesday June 1, 2010 at the LDS Chapel on Woodruff Pl
one block East of Milliken and the 210 Freeway.
From the 210 exit Milliken go South 1 block to Kenyon turn left 1 block to Woodruff Pl turn left the chapel in on the corner of Woodruff and Highland.
The service is at 11:00 am.

Bob passed away

After a long and hard battle with Parkinson's Disease my dear husband passed away on Wednesday morning. I was holding his hand as he slipped away after 5 days of holding on to that last vestage of his life. Over the weekend all the children got to say their "good byes". Spent everynight on a cot beside him until the end. I have feelings of sadness, but also such relief that he is in a better place and can talk and be understood. I think that was the part he hated the most.
Since our class was supposed to start the day after the funeral I have asked to delay 1 week and extend it 1 week into July.
I will be ready to go on June 9.
Thank you all for the love and support you have shown to me over these years of Bob's illness. It has kept me sane, or at least somewhat.

In Loving Memory

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Fashion Show and on to the next

We had our fashion show and it couldn't have been better. Every garment was great.
Thank you all so much for your support and participation. I don't have photos yet, but Judith Baer took them and will have a CD ready when we go back to class.

Speaking of "back to class" we start again on June 2 so I will now go off and baby sit and post more information later.
See you!


I didn't think I would like this technique all that much, but it was awesome and everyone had a ball.
Breakdown Printing

Blank silk screen
Thickened dye
Made with Sodium Alginate and dye powder
Fabric Silk for Acid Dye Cotton for Procion Dye

Mix Sodium Alginate
Into a quart of warm water stir 1 to 2 Tablespoons of Sodium Alginate powder.
Stir until dissolved or use a dedicated blender to mix (It will still have a few lumps)
Let it sit for at least 1 to 2 hours or overnight. If it is too thick stir in warm water to thin the solution. If not using right away refrigerate until ready to use.

Soak Cotton, Linen, or Rayon
Make a Soda Ash solution of 1/2 cup Soda Ash with 1 gallon water and soak the fabric at least 15 to 30 minutes. Hang to dry, press lightly with warm iron.

Silk Printing:
Mix Acid dye powder with thickened Sodium Alginate (1 or 2 teaspoons dye powder per 1 Cup thickener). Mix well the day before using. Refrigerate until ready to use.

Prepare the Screen:
Lightly coat inside of the screen with a couple of colors of thickened dye, leaving some open spaces. Let it dry upside down. This needs to be done far enough in advance to be completely dry before printing.

Iron the silk fabric smooth and place on a padded surface. Lay the prepared screen down and use another color thickened dye or clear thickener or more than one color thickened dye and squeegee it across the dry dye. As you print the dried dye will breakdown and each print will be different. This is the magic of this technique.

Setting the Dye: The silk will need to be steam set. Then rinsed to remove the thickener and any excess dye. Damp dry and iron until dry.

Cotton, Linen, or Rayon Printing:
Mix Procion Dye powder with thickened Sodium Alginate ( 1 or 2 teaspoons dye powder per 1 Cup thickener). Mix well the day before using. Refrigerate until ready to use.

Prepare the Screen as above and let it dry upside down.

Printing: Lay out the smoothed Soda Ash treated fabric on a padded surface and print as above; however while the print is still wet cover with plastic and roll the fabric and plastic up and place in a plastic bag for 24 hours to “batch” and set the dye. After 24 hours rinse and rinse again then dry until just damp and iron dry.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Try again

Last week when I tried to put in a blog it said I had to update. So I tried what it said and it didn't look like it worked. This time it looked like it always had. Oh well, what do I know about a computer? Not much that is for sure.
We only have two more classes in this session. One more of discharge and then one using the break-down printing. I you have not prepared your silk screen bring it next class and put the thickened dye on it so it will be dry for the next week.
Also on the 12th bring the things you are planning to show in the fashion show so I can get the commentary and show order put together.