Sunday, February 26, 2012

Happy Dyeing

 This is the unique look we can get when we stitch and dye a T-shirt or other cotton fabric. I will try and get a diagram for stitching onto the blog later on.

 This is thickened dye painted on cotton.  Bring brushes and I will bring the rest of the materials we'll need.  I have prepared the cotton with a Soda Ash soak and it is ready to go.  I'll mix the dyes next week so they will be fresh.  I have two designs this bird and some flowers and butterflies if you want to do a guided painting or bring your own ideas if that is the direction you would rather go.  Either way is good.
Here is an example of very loose painting with a combination of liquid dye and thickened dye on silk.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Getting ready

 Here are my experiments with thickened dye on silk.  I used some discharge paste on a pre-dyed silk to get the white areas to paint the fish.  It worked well.  We will try it.
 This is very free form painting with thickened dye and using black dye in a gutta bottle for the lines.
I think we can have fun with this technique.  It will work on silk or cotton.
Same techniques, different flowers.
I will be posting more information over the week-end.  I am still painting on cotton and trying a few things.

Sunday, February 19, 2012


The Fashion Show was a great success.  Everyone's garments were sensational.  Thank you ladies for all your hard work and dedication to making the garments to show.  Thank you also for the lovely flowers.

We are going on a field trip Wednesday so I'll see you either at the parking lot or downtown.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Fashion Show

Thanks to all of you and your sewing skills we will have a fashion show this Saturday.  I was so pleased at what came in today.  The Wearable Art Connection is in for a treat.  I can't wait for them to see your wonderful creations.  Thank you everyone.  My blog will only post 4 photos at a time so I just chose at random, everyone had great garments.  Thank you for being so special to me.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Ready for the Fashion Show?

This Saturday is the WAC Fashion Show.  Be sure you let me know what you are planning to show so I can put you in the line up.

Monday, February 13, 2012

busy weekend

I went to a workshop on discharge using toilet bowl
cleaner with bleach on dark t-shirts.  I took old and
stained shirts to try it on.  The stains are gone.
There are possibilities for the technique.
We did watercolor portraits and  even though I did six different faces this is the only one I liked.
It didn't look like the photo, but I"ll keep practicing.  I doubt portraits will be my thing.

I tried the thickened dye on silk.  I will keep experimenting before we start that class in March. I am staying awake nights thinking of how to make it do what I want it to do.

Thursday, February 9, 2012


 Deborah shared her Zentangle with us, then after lunch gave us a mini demonstration of how to do it.
It looks like great fun,  but where will I add another thing to try right now?  Maybe while I am stuck on a plane for several hours on my way to Italy in March.
 I asked Myrna to bring in a few of the garments she has made from textiles gathered during her travels.
It was such a treat to see the wonderful things she has made from them.  Here are a few examples.

 A garment just waiting to happen.
 Now the question is what can Audrey do with this wonderful Obi she has in her collection?
There were lots of suggestions as we all took turns laying out the treasures we have accumulated and everyone had a chance to offer suggestions.  It is the class I should have started this session with.  I will do that in the future.  There were many great suggestions for making the classes better.  Thank you all for your input.  Next time we sew we will start with a design session and go from there.

Friday, February 3, 2012

2 colors

In my watercolor class we have progresses to 2 colors of paint.  I chose Paynes Grey and Yellow Ochre.
I like what happened in this cold winter scene.  If I keep working maybe I will be ready for my watercolor painting trip to Italy this Spring.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Wing Needle and Such

 Julia is ready for the fashion show.
 Rose Marie and her amazing dyeing work
 Myrna and Missoni go well together
 Audrey has perfected a Rauana of a different shape
The wing needle explorations were great fun..

a little more Paradise

 Is this paradise or what?
Don't Feed the Animals along the roadside or 20 more will show up.  PS they liked PBJ sandwiches.