Monday, January 28, 2013

Dye Added

 This is the latest thickened dye experiment that I have done.  It was inspired by a watercolor or birch trees in blue and white.
We will have two more classes of dye work.  Instead of starting sewing on Feb 6 we will keep on dyeing fabric.  Many of the students needed more time to finish their fabrics.  I may also move the field trip to FIDM from Feb 20 to the 27.  I will let you know.
See you in class on Wednesday.  Be ready to try some stamping and/or stenciling.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013


This is my poinsettia wall hanging finished.  I started it before I had knee surgery so it sat unfinished for quite some time.  I had planned on finishing it to hang for Christmas.  It is ready for 2013, but we missed 2012.
It is several silk paintings with raw edge applique of hand dyed silks.  Then all put together.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Ready for the next layer?

 Here we are admiring the first layer of dye that we did last week.   Karen had a great time trying everything.    Betsy (below) showed off her fabrics.

 This was a piece of scrunch and run, then wrapped on a PVC pole and compressed and painted with thickened black dye.  Today I again wrapped and comprerssed and painted it with "Soft Scrub with Bleach" that gave me the light chevrons in the dark background.  Honestly this piece of fabric is really nice with both the dark and light slashing through it.  I need to do more of this technique.

Next week we will be adding another layer of embellishing.  I'm excited to see what came out for the students they were all very busy putting on resist and painting with thickened dyes.  See you next week.

Friday, January 11, 2013

We have Begun

 Class started at Claremont yesterday.  I am so glad to be back with my creative friends and the new people that joined us are in for a treat as well.  Yesterday we put the first layer of color onto our fabrics.
Most of us used the low water immersion method and everyone should be washing out the fabrics by now and seeing what they will have to work with next week.
The shirt pictured here is made from a group of low water immersion dyed fabrics that were then folded and rolled onto PVC pipes tied, compressed and painted over with thickened black dye for the lovely strip effect.  I was working with smaller pieces of fabric, because the thickened dye will not penetrate through too many layers of cloth to give the pattern effect.  I like the color blocked look of the shirt.  I will bring PVC pipes next week so others may try this technique if they wish.

I have fabric in the washing machine now that I will work on when I return from babysitting over the week-end.  Can't wait until next Wednesday to see how your fabric turned out.

Monday, January 7, 2013

Class start Wednesday

 Bring your supplies.   If you have pre-dyed cotton that you want to re-work bring that too.
We will get started on the first layer of either color or resist.   I've missed being with all my creative friends and am so looking forward to getting back into the swing of things.  Let's have a great time!