Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Saturday, February 25, 2012
The presentation I gave to the local quilt guild on Thursday evening was a roaring success. Plus, I sold quite a bit of handmade fabric to these traditional quilters. All the remaining fabric was just posted at my Textile Shop, so check it out.
Hope you have a glorious late winter/early spring weekend. An online friend in Switzerland reported that the temperature there this morning was 100 degrees, believe it or not. I think we're in for another wacky weather year.
Thursday, February 23, 2012
But I do love this mokume. The results are SO worth the effort to stitch the fabric by hand.
Tonight I'm speaking to the local Eel Valley Quilt Guild, doing a presentation on using hand surface designed fabrics for art quilting to a group of mostly traditional quilters. Should be a blast. I'll have many fabric bundles available for sale there, and what doesn't sell I'll list in the shop over the weekend.
Saturday, February 18, 2012
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
The light khaki colored piece in the middle is another handwoven fabric that already had shibori threads woven into it. It's been on my shelf since it was woven, maybe four years ago.
I took a break yesterday, to prepare for quilting a second challenge piece for Fiberactions' March 15 reveal. But it's back to shibori prep for a while. It's quite a meditative process, and I'm enjoying building an inventory of fabrics to be shiboried in the near future. It's called delaying gratification.
Friday, February 10, 2012
I'm wrapping poles and doing a lot of hand stitching in preparation for dyeing later. My current focus is on manipulating fabric. That's it. Back to basics.
Have a great weekend!
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
I think as the years go by and I continue on with the work, some of those rules are becoming obvious through experience. And I need to qualify that as MY experience. Because everybody seems to have different results often with the exact same fabric and dye. So I can't say that what I'm finding would necessarily be so for someone else.
I suppose this whole train of thought is just more of my seeming to like others' work more than my own, dyeing included. Sometimes that fact immobilizes me. Lately, I'm glad to say, it's making me want to carry on, to do more, to keep working it.
You win some, you lose some. Some finished fabrics are spectacular; some aren't so hot. Just like life itself.
Monday, February 6, 2012
I want to push the envelope with this dyeing method for shibori, and have my next few batches planned for this week and beyond. I also have some discharge shibori coming up.
I'm finding myself gravitating more toward shibori ~ even more experimentation than I've already done in the past few years with numerous methods of dyeing. And more shibori quilting. It's such a natural, organic process for me to quilt shibori fabric, it feels totally right.
I'm not much of a football fan anymore although I was for a while, a few years back. Anyway, I just had to watch yesterday's Superbowl to see if the Patriots could pull it out of the bag on the rematch against New York. Oh well, I still love Tom Brady.
Have a great week. I'll be back tomorrow with a new collage.
Friday, February 3, 2012
Thursday, February 2, 2012
Anyhow, the first two images are the silk/wool fabric with the same leaves. The top piece was wrapped around a rusty tin can, and one below around an aluminum pipe. I do love what the aluminum did and yes, there's a bit of orange on the fabric, from tiny euc berries.