Monday, January 31, 2011
I was challenged to batik with dyes by my friend Marcella who owns Mace's store in Rockland, Maine where I buy all my hippie clothes. She came over one day with a yellow and a blue gauze shirt, handed them to me and said, "Dye these." Here is the result. With the dyes, the outcome of overdyeing will be unknown until the fabric is finished, wax removed and washed in hot water. On the blue shirt, I started with the potato masher (oval with lines) which appear blue - the color of the shirt at the beginning. I dyed the entire shirt Khaki (Dharma) and everyone said, "Why did you dye it brown?" OK, so it was a bit dull but I like blue and brown. I hung the shirt and let it drip dry. When it was completely dry I used my oval car sponge with the center removed and dyed the shirt purple. I just let them soak in the dye a few hours then let drip dry. I did wring them by hand which gave me some lovely cracking of the wax. When I had ironed out the wax and washed in hot water and syntrapol, the brown looked olive. The purple/olive combo is my favorite combination of colors. Needless to say, I LOVE this shirt.
Why not get a "Goodwill" shirt or an old one from your closet and give batiking with dye a whirl. I am already planning a trip to Goodwill for my challenge piece this month. Pre-made silk scarves are wonderful and pretty cheap for a painted batik project. I will probably batik a silk scarf too. That same friend, Marcella, gifted me with an AMAZING antique potato masher and I want to do another scarf using it. so stay tuned....
Friday, January 28, 2011
I learned a lot this month, and am happy with the results. I learned that I really had to scrunch the fabric down hard on the pole, and keep it tight to get the results I wanted.
I went to Staples at lunchtime today to get some large copies made (a pattern), and I plan to make something with this fabric this weekend. I know, we all have plans that end up taking more time than what we have available, but I'm giving it a shot.
Thursday, January 27, 2011
This was such a clear case of synchronicity that I had to post about it. I knew synchronicity meant that disparate people separated by long distances had the same thoughts/realizations at the same point in time. Maybe I am the only one fascinated by this phenomenon but I thought I'd share this with you.
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Sunday, January 23, 2011
Thursday, January 20, 2011
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Here's a link I've found to a beautiful piece done with some fantastic shibori fabric:
Why can't my shibori look like that??
Monday, January 17, 2011
- Fabric – cotton, silk, rayon, whatever
- Fabric paint – dyna-flow, setacolor, ProFab (Pro Chemical) which has a huge array of pearlescent colors.
- MX dyes if you prefer – different process
- Wax (I prefer soy wax because of it’s biodegradability.)
- Electric frying pan or other SAFE method of heating your wax.
- Foam sponge or sponge brush
- TOYS like potato masher, egg beater, metal trivet, or anything that can be dipped in hot wax and will leave a mark.
Sunday, January 16, 2011
The Professional Art Quilters Alliance-South (PAQA-South) announces its ninth Annual Juried Exhibition of Innovative Quilts: Movement evokes moods as varied as the individuals contemplating it. Rhythmic strains of music, the flow of language, lithe dancers, or public change and social advocacy; all are examples that encompass the meaning of movement. Are you startled by a sudden movement, drawn in to the quickly moving plot of a good book, or feel the pulse of your heart as bloods flows through your veins? Military maneuvers, the inner workings of a watch, and a well-oiled machine all portray this basic necessity of life: movement. We invite you to share your interpretation of Movement in quiltart form.
Exhibit Opens: May 20, 2011
Deadline for entry receipt: March 19, 2011
Show dates: May 20 – July 24, 2011:
Durham Arts Council, Durham, NC http://www.durhamarts.org/facility.html
Entry Fee: $15 for PAQA-South members, $25 for non-members for up to three works submitted.
Size Limitations: No larger than 40 inches wide and 60 inches high.
Contact: AQmovements@gmail.com with questions.
Note: ARTQUILTSmovement will be judged via unenhanced digital jpg image, only.
The PAQA-South International Juried Exhibition: ARTQUILTSmovement will open in the Allenton and Siemens galleries of the Durham Arts Council of Durham, NC. The opening reception will be Friday, May 20, 2011, 5-7:00 p.m.
*It is possible that the show will travel, so please be sure to check the entry form as to whether or not you give permission for your piece to travel with the show, should it be chosen.
Saturday, January 15, 2011
Thursday, January 13, 2011
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
I did want to point out that cutting those little threads can be problematic, especially if you're in a hurry or not paying attention.
I taped this up to my window so the sunlight would shine through it and you could see the tiny hole I cut into the circle on the far right. If I knew how to put an arrow on the picture pointing this out, I would, but sorry, don't know how to. I found I did the same thing to the 2nd piece I did, no pictures of that, though.
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
First, I twisted PFD fabric very tightly until it twisted back upon itself. I dyed it with an orangy-yellow color.
For our November technique, we're going to be working with transfer paints (aka disperse dyes).
good quality paper
disperse dye (powder form) and/or transfer paints (liquid form)
brushes and sponges for application
fabric that is at least 60% polyester
a variety of resists (whatever floats your boat)
This is a method in which you paint paper with either disperse power dyes, or liquid transfer paint, and then iron your design onto fabric. A variety of techniques will produce varying results - and we'll go through some of them.
Here are some examples:
Gurli Gregersen made this whole cloth quilt using a transfer print, which she then embellished with paint sticks and other media.
Marie-Therese Wisniowski used the technique with resists to produce this lovely example.
I'll give you a couple of days to gather supplies and we'll talk soon!