Friday, July 25, 2014

What can I do with this?

When I was going through my fabric stash looking for likely victims candidates for the self round robin, I came along this old piece which was a "failed" deconstructed silk screen on linen. The fabric was so scrumptious and the pale colors so appealing That I had hung on to it thinking there might be a place for it in my life one day. 

I badly needed a new purse and if I folded this is half it was just about the perfect size. Hum...let me see. There were bits of these colors.  

So I decided to thermofax screen some ginkgo leaves in all three colors.

This is an old thermofax screen I had made by Lyric Kinard 

Now I need a lining fabric. I think mint green is one of the ugliest colors ever created!! BUT, I needed a light colored fabric so my old eyes could actually see inside the purse, plus I had it in my stash so....

Fabric trimmed square, horrible green about to be trimmed to size and a binding color needed to be chosen. Second from top I think!


Heavy quilting done. This is just so relaxing to do.

Quilting on lining side.

I stitched it up with my new Baby Lock Eclipse which I bought myself for living through chemo and radiation. It threads itself by vacuuming the thread through the lower loopers. Be still my heart!!

I made the box seam on the bottom then...

Cut, ironed, folded, and ironed in half both the binding and the handle fabric

I cut a half inch wide strip of warm and nature cotton batting for inside the handle for heft, strength, and a dense surface for stitching.

 Binding was attached with the cut edge (top) of the purse like binding on a quilt. I started the binding with about 4" unattached so that at the end I could get a perfect fit. You can see the seam in the center top edge of the picture.

After ironing the seam open, I stitched it down with a double row of stitching.

Now the handles could be attached.

I also tacked the "corners" of the box shape to keep the purse square and not so floppy.


 I was out of magnetic snaps so I just ordered them from ebay. I usually use the poke through kind. I have various ways of hiding the metal plate on the outside but

This time I also ordered some sew in kind. First I will use some E6000 fabric adhesive then stitch them down as well.

Snaps in with stitch and E6000

Thursday, July 24, 2014

What do you make with your fabric?

Earlier this month I showed you a piece that I had batiked and dyed with some pretty strong stripes.

This is what I ended up using it for--a stuffed fish:

I have no idea where this inspiration came from, but it was fun to make.  Now that I see pictures of it, I'd probably do a few things differently, but I was just winging it as I made it.  I have lots more fabric to use up!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Round Robin #5 - Laura

This fat-quarter sized piece of fabric was a commercial turquoise, like a Kona cotton, and I used it as a rag underneath my previous piece, so it got some of the green thickened dye paste on it--

Then I took the Color Magnet, dipped a pool noodle piece in it, and applied a bunch of circles to it, and let it dry.
Followed by scraping some thickened dye mixed with a dark colored dye powder (I seriously can't remember what color I used)--
After it dried for a day or two, I washed it out.  I think this might be the back of the fabric, since the circles are lighter.
I then got out my Jacquard discharge paste, and this rubbermaid sink thing, and painted on some discharge paste.
It bleached out to a light purple color:
Next, got out the only thermofax screen I have.  It looks like a fine mesh screen--I used some Lumiere paint in silver for this step.
It was around 96 degrees when I was working on this part, and the paint dried after only 2-3 swipes across the screen and clogged up the screen because the lines were so fine.  I had to stop twice and wash the screen in order to keep going.
Here are a couple pictures of the finished piece, I really like how it turned out.

It's been fun sharing my experiments and making all this great fabric!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Round Robin #4 - Can This Fabric Be Saved?

When I was quite a bit younger, there was a magazine feature called "Can This Marriage Be Saved?"  Maybe some of you also remember?  Well, recently I felt like I was playing the game "Can This Fabric Be Saved"...

This piece of fabric was one that I did a folding and clamping technique to a while ago. I have some plexiglass circles and circle cutouts and here are some pictures just to show you how I did it.
After clamping tightly, it was immersed in some Procion MX dyes, looks like maybe Mixing Blue.
This is what the piece came out like, not too wonderful, so I left it for a while, thinking about what to do with it.  I thought it would make a great piece for this round robin.
 I stenciled some paint onto it, using some fuchsia colored paint.  The paint I used was Golden High Flow Acrylic from Dick Blick, by the way.  These paints are very bright, don't need watering down, and don't change the hand of the fabric.
 Still not looking too wonderful...
At this point, I thought about different things I could try -- maybe pulling out one of my stamps that I've carved through the years?  Or something else?

Dyeing seems like it's always the first technique I choose.  So, I folded it up again, accordion style this time, and dyed it a darker solution of the same mixing blue color.  (The yellow piece is another piece I just stuck in there with it).
Hmm, it still seems to need a little more, doesn't it?
Now what? I got out some Color Magnet, and painted strips on this fabric.  I've only used this product a couple of times, still not sure about it.  It attracts the color (like a magnet), but in my limited experience, it isn't always the same color that you apply.
So, next, I mixed up some thickened Kiwi Green dye and scraped it on with a credit card, let it dry overnight.
Here it is after washing it all out:

And the back looks different -- more of the "color magnet" effect shows up there.
If anyone has used Color Magnet, I'd love to know about it.  It seems like a very fun product to use!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Round Robin #3 - Laura

After screenprinting my fabric from yesterday, I ran it through a wash cycle to get rid of the excess dyes.  

Then I used my Shiva paintsticks and the rubbing plates that came with them.  You put the plates under the fabric, then rub the paintsticks over them and get lots of great texture designs.

The sticks are kind of messy to use--you have to peel back the paper each time, and a skin forms on the top of the stick that has to be peeled off.  It gets under your fingernails very easily.

They give the fabric a whole different look--and they're very simple to use.  The paintsticks smell like oil-based paint (which they are) until they dry, which normally takes about 24 hours. 
After these pieces dry for 24 hours, they're ready to use.