This blog is no longer active but all our content is still here and accessible.

A TECHNIQUE DRIVEN Blog dedicated to mastery of surface design techniques. First we dye, overdye, paint, stitch, resist, tie, fold, silk screen, stamp, thermofax, batik, bejewel, stretch, shrink, sprinkle, Smooch, fuse, slice, dice, AND then we set it on fire using a variety of heat tools.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Good night and good luck

With the closing bell of our blog, I was thinking of some of the internationally recognized artists that have shared over the years. Here is a short list:

Jane Dunnewold –Comlpex cloth
Rayna Goodman – improvisational quilting
Lisa Kerpoe - resists
Nienke Smit – dyeing and shibori
Kathy Loomis – tiny line quilting
Beata Kerchner – color theory and stitch
Mags Ramsey – painted quilt
Ann Johnston – Low water immersion dyeing

Now these are the “famous people” but our day to day, month to month blog posts were done by quilt artists and surface designers from all over the world. Maybe not so famous or with name recognition but they were the stalwarts who kept this blog going for seven years. There have been many contributors who wrote on the topics you can access on the right of the blog under the heading “Labels”. These were the women who volunteered as resident and visiting artists and who kept this blog fresh, relevant, readable and internationally recognized. I want to thank each and every person who contributed to making the FIRE blog what is has become – an amazing resource for surface design. The blog will stay up indefinitely as a “go to” resource for surface design and art quilting. Thank you again to all of our contributors. It has been wonderful being associated with you and this blog. 

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

'Ta Luego from Diane Ferguson

Until I see you again . . . I'm sure we will bump into each other again somewhere on the net. The Fire blog has a wonderfully wide readership and I've enjoyed being a part of the fun. Beth found me because I love to comment! That was the cherry on top - starting conversations in the comments. Keep on commenting whenever you find blogs you like. There's no predicting where it will lead.

You can follow me on my blog at
I'm still writing about the textile tour I took to Guatemala last February.
Life intervened and there was the regional Contemporary Handweavers of Texas conference - I was the official photographer and managed to take a great workshop with Anastasia Azure
Yes, there are gigantic safety pins woven into this copper bracelet. I can't wait to finish it! If some of the beads weren't rolled paper, I might have tried dipping this into liver of sulphur or singeing it with a blowtorch ... next time!

Monday, June 19, 2017

Nienke Smit

A few years ago, Beth asked me to join the Fireblog and for two years I contributed with much pleasure to this valuable resource.
I started blogging in 2010 mainly on dyeing with procion mx dyes. The name Verfvirus, means Dye Viral. And that’s really what is is, I just can’t stop dyeing, experimenting with dyes. The colours, the special effects, it is a never ending story.
Unfortunately, this blog, with the epic name ‘And then we set it on fire’ will be ending this month. So many people shared this adventure with us and I am glad that the content remains online.
I will definitely keep blogging at as it keeps me healthy, sharing experiments and playing with colour.
A last big big thank you to Beth and Judith for uniting so many people around the world to share their wisdom, making it ‘wisdom of the crowd’ even before it became popular.
I feel honored to have been a part of the team and wish everyone lots of happiness, fun and artful hours inspired by what’s left: a great resource of the most exciting tutorials.
All the best to the Fire-followers!


Friday, June 16, 2017

Goodbye from Wil Opio Oguta

My days will not start anymore with checking what is posted on the FIRE blog. A habit of years has to change :-(. I am honored that I have been a member of this creative group. And yes, sometimes it was difficult to find another idea to write about, as a lot has been handled during the years. Although I have to admit I knew what I wanted to talk about next year (grin).
I wish you all the best - fellow FIRE members and readers - and no doubt we will meet again, either in cyber space or in real life.
During January and February of this year Kelly and I talked about our e-book: Playing with Fire. We are working on our next book, which hopefully will be completed by the end of the year. If you want to be kept informed about our plans, please send an email to:

Wil Opio Oguta

Clara Narty here!

Hi there,

Clara Narrtey here.  It was a wonderful time here on the Fire Blog with you all. I thank Beth Berman for inviting me.

What I enjoyed most was the interaction with you all.
Your questions and enthusiasm to learn and practice the techniques I taught you, inspired me to do more.

Nobody grows creatively without a community.  Yes, there are times when you need solitude to do focused work. But feedback, inspiration, encouragement and learning from one another is what really makes us blossom as creative people. Over the years, I have grown tremendously because of my interactions with other creative people.

I enjoyed our time together so much that I’ll like to invite you to join my community of art quilters, makers, and textile artists. So we can continue the conversations and inspire each other to become our creative best in what we love to do.

To join click here and instantly receive some free sign-up bonuses.

See you inside the community.


Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Goodbye from Kelly L. Hendrickson

While I was very sad that FIRE is ending, I understand. I will miss FIRE very much. It was such an honor to be a part of this group of talented, daring and creative people. Some of you I got to know a bit over the years and hope to have some contact in the future.
This was an amazing adventure. Thanks to those who started and maintained it. FIRE represents an incredible amount of dedication and perseverance. Thank you for including me in this journey.
I wish you all the best in all your future endeavors!! I'm sure I'll see your names around!!

Kelly L. Hendrickson

Monday, June 12, 2017

Thanks for Firing me up!

I don’t remember exactly when I found the “Fire” blog, but it was several years ago.  I was immediately inspired and excited by all the fabulous posts about various surface design techniques from the folks who shared their projects and experiments!  I had not been using many of the techniques for long, and really wanted to learn and try them for myself, so I eagerly devoured each post, and tried many over the years.  Then I was blessed to be asked to share some of my experiments here, which was a distinct honor! 
From time to time, I have gone back into the archives to re-visit various posts, and love that the wealth of wonderful information is right at my fingertips, as if I had a whole library in my home to cull through.
While I am sorry to see that the “Fire” blog is no longer going to be adding posts, I know that I will be able to continue referring back to it, and that is a comfort.
Thanks to Judith and Beth, the founders of this great, fun place, for keeping the blog going for so long!  You have done a great service to your fellow fiber artists!  I hope you will continue experimenting and pushing the envelope in your artwork, and I will try to do the same, armed with such a wonderful array of tools found right here on the “Fire” blog!