I've given up on New Years Resolutions - new diets - new exercise programs, it's just not gonna happen. But I'm always striving for more studio time and that is the 1 resolution I'm going to focus on. I also like to choose a book and work through it during the year - trying new techniques. The last several years it's been on image transfers - something I'm passionate about and will probably explore further this year. I've also loved working with sheers and layering - another technique I'll explore. I buy sheers wherever I see them, often in a Home Decor department of a fabric store. Printed sheers can be painted over with Set a Silk or Dye na Flow paint. The paint has the consistency of water and is fairly transparent so the original design will show through. The sheer below would be a good candidate for painting on top of.
Saturday, December 31, 2011
Thursday, December 29, 2011
Back in October, I had the great fun of being an assistant to my good friend Sandy Bonsib - she was teaching her week long course on piecing. One of the students - Dina was a repeat student and always takes Sandy's class. Her husband Joe comes along and takes something he likes. He's real good with wood and so this year it was woodcarving. The woodcarving class was amazing; the things we saw these guys do were so clever and creative. To my great surprise the other day, I got an interesting package in the mail - a gift from Joe and Dina. Joe used an old spool, remember the wooden spools that thread used to come on?
To carve this - How wonderful is this, carved and hand painted. I think this will have to stay in my studio all year, where I keep my favorite things - usually hand made by friends I love. This will be among my treasures!
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Uuh ohh - Caught playing with the tree ornaments...was hoping I would not be seen.
Friday, December 16, 2011
A couple of weeks ago while getting ready for the holiday fair, I found myself up to my elbows in dye pots. I was dyeing silk scarves using an acid dye. I like to have a large variety of colors so I'll do 2 at a time and try to use as many colors as possible. There is some waste of dye, even though I do small batches, there should be more silk present to absorb all the dye. I had an idea to use my silk scraps and do some Shibori in the dye pot at the same time. It was very serendipitous, but thought I have nothing to lose so go for it!
Nope not this, these are switch plates - makes for great designs when used in Shibori.
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
I'm sure you've heard stories like this - you're in a store and pass by some beautiful throw pillows, love them, can't live without them so you buy them and bring them home but now the couch conflicts with them so you need a new couch. The new couch doesn't go with the rug and now the new rug doesn't go with the drapes and so on and so on.
On a much smaller scale this is my version and of course it involves fabric. I bought this wonderful fabric which I thought would be perfect for Christmas napkins. Can you see the sparkly background? I love sparkly things at Christmas.
Friday, December 2, 2011
The Holiday Sale at the Folk Art Center takes place this Saturday, December 3 from 10 - 4. Members of the Southern Highland Craft Guild will have wonderful items at great prices for holiday shoppers. Most items are overstocks, seconds and discounted items, wonderful bargains to be had. The sale is in the auditorium of the Folk Art Center. I've been getting ready - dyeing lots of silk scarves in chiffon, China and crepe de Chine silk. My helper - Molly is supervising by sitting in my box of silk scraps from other projects.
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
The weekend after Thanksgiving is usually the time we make our annual trip to the Christmas tree farm in Pineola, NC around and hour and a half north of us. It's a beautiful ride and lots of farms to choose from. The prices are great and you know the tree is fresh. We always hope for a wintery looking day that's not too cold but gives you the Christmas spirit. This past Sunday was just that kind of day, gray skies but fairly mild and great to be outside. The Twin Pines is our favorite place, guess because we started here and have had good luck finding the "perfect" tree. They all look perfect in my estimation and it's hard to choose.
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Monday, November 21, 2011
My friend Sandy has a darling grandson who is in love with airplanes, so her being a quilter - guess what he's getting for Christmas? You guessed it - an airplane quilt. He can't get enough of them and only 2 years old. I personally see airplanes in his future. Sandy showed me this really cute fabric with airplanes on it
Saturday, November 19, 2011
I've been working on some small pieces. I truly love doing them as they go fast and I get the chance to try out new techniques and USE UP FABRIC. Okay, I admit not a whole lot of fabric but a small step in the right direction. This is the finished piece.
I used some hand dyed fabric for the sides.Added some deconstructive screenprinted fabric on the top
and bottom. I love using couching thread such as Candlelight by YLI to sew on top between the 2 fabrics. You can see the thin black line which is the couching thread. It gives it a little definition as well as a tiny bit of sparkle. Candlelight is metallic, very soft and easy to use. By soft, I mean it lays well on the surface and doesn't interfere with the way a fabric handles.
I used 2 layers of fabric here - the background fabric which was dyed and screened with an image of trees. Next I placed an overlay of silk organza with trees screened in black on top to give the feeling of distance in the piece.
And here's the finished piece once again.
It will be for sale in my online gallery. Click on the link on the right to take you to the gallery.