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.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Charlene's piece for the Surface Design Round Robin

Remember Charlene's piece that I had showed you and asked for help?  So far it has been parfait dyed by Charlene and then Beth had given it squiggles/sun rays from a thermofax screen using gold paint.  I got to the do the next layer and was a bit concerned. The piece was pretty and I really didn't want to screw up. 

After a month of hanging on my design wall I decided to use charcoal to highlight the shifts in colors.  I made the charcoal permanent by coating the fabric with a textile medium.  Here is the result.  What I was already seeing as a fiery sun has become more distinct and dramatic.  I think my addition was successful.


How are you doing with your Surface Design Round Robin pieces?  I would love to see pictures!


  1. Wow, Judith. This piece looks GREAT! I LOVE the depth the charcoal added to the piece. I do have a couple of questions. Does the textile medium change the hand of the fabric? What textile medium do you use?

  2. Quilter Beth said it WOW!!!! I absolutely LOVE effect you achieved with charcoal.....okay so I MUST know more

  3. I am still very much in the experimentation phase. I really hope to get much better using what Kerr Grabowski calls "fugitive media." By that she means that it is a medium that orginated with paper and is now being used in fabric. I prefer to think of them as immigrants--charcoal, chalk, pencil, etc.

    Beth, yes, the textile medium does change the hand of the fabric. I used acrylic textile medium for Charlene's piece. The fabric is quite stiff although I hope after washing it will soften. For my Fugitive Jungle I used Fabric magic, a print paste, and it left the fabric much softer.

    I hope to get more proficient with the immigrants/fugitives so that I can choose it as a technique in September and have more experience to share.

  4. Here is a link to a handout from Kerr that explains a bit more about the process: www.quiltingdaily.com/cfs-filesystemfile.ashx/__.../705_2D00_1.pdf

  5. I have never heard of "Fabric Magic." I'm excited about experimenting with this technique in September. ...and by the way, I like "immigrants" better than "fugitives" too!

  6. Hmmmm... it is a PDF called "Making Fugitive Media Permanent on Fabric." When I google "Kerr" and Fugitive Media" this is the second result that shows for me. I am so gonna buy her DVD on surface design. I bet it goes into much more detail.


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