Friday, February 25, 2011

Start Again

The Fashion Show was AMAZING! Thank you everyone who particiapted.

Then last Wednesdy we had a field trip to F.I.D.M. where we saw the Academy Award nomonated costumes plus many more. I had not seen very many of the movies, but there were lots of great details to be considered for later use.

Now it is time for class to start again. We will be dyeing cotton with Procion Dye. See below for what to bring.

A new session begins on Wednesday March 2, 2011

March 2 , 9 and 30 we will dye cotton, rayon and/or linen.

You may use the Low Water immersion method or Microwave dye your cotton, rayon or linen.

Prepare your fabric by soaking it in a salt water solution BEFORE bringing it to class. The instructions are the same for both methods.

Dissolve 1 cup of salt per 1 gallon of water and soak your fabric for at least 1 hour or overnight. Wring it out, but keep it damp to bring it to class. (Note* spin it in the washing machine to remove excess water.)


Low water immersion Note* you can do larger than ½ to 1 yard pieces by this method also pre-printed fabric looks good with this method; especially decorator fabrics. Just be sure they are not treated with ScothGaurd or other stain repellent products. It is a good idea to wash them in HOT water and synthrapol before dyeing to remove any sizing or finish so the dye will penetrate.

Pre-soaked fabric
Plastic bins or buckets with lids
You will take wet fabric home

Microwave dyeing
Pre-soaked fabric cut into ½ yard pieces
Freezer style zip lock bags at least 1 gallon size
String for tying designs if desired

I will bring the dye and soda ash

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

I'm so Excited!

Clothes came into class today.
Okay, a few were not quite finished, but they will be ready for the Fashion Show on Saturday.

They look so good. What a show it will be.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

This is it!

Do we have garments or just fabric?
I really hope we have garments ready as the WAC Fashion Show is this Saturday.
Bring what you have to class tomorrow and let's pull it all together. You have never let me down so let's DO IT!

Friday, February 4, 2011

Felted scarves a BIG HIT

Felting was loads of fun and some beautiful scarves were made. Betsy did a very creative scarf with roving roses and yarns from her stash. Shirley lookss great in her scarf in tones of blue, and Leslie accented her red scarf with a silk ribbon poppy she had made in an earlier class. Way to go girls!

The new stencils arrived from Crafter's Workshop, but again the order was a bit random, but what they sent are going to be very fun to use. I have sorted them and they will be ready for picking up and paying on Wednesday.

Next week is the last class before the Fashion Show and I'm hoping there will be garments coming in. PLEASE! I want to write the commentery before I see them on the runway.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

What are we doing in class?

I have spent more time on the freeway this week than at the sewing machine.

I hope you were able to get some sewing done as the fashion show is just three weeks away.
In class you may continue felting, finish (or start) a garment. Re-visit some of the previous techniques.