Sunday, April 23, 2017

Transparency Transfer

It's that time again, our monthly gathering of Fiber Junkies where we love to play, share and drink champagne. We do our Show and Tell in the beginning, giving us a longer span of time to play with techniques. 
Kate has been trying to use up her scraps and made this very happy quilt with lots of colorful scraps.
She quilted it with her long arm using a floral pattern, adding even more charm to the piece.
Denny showed us a piece which was her last piece for her 10 year Masters Class with Hollis Chatelaine. I love this piece; it depicts the International Womens March back in January. I know Denny was a part of it and also remember it being a very rainy day which did not stop anyone from coming. It was a sea of umbrellas under which stood some incredible and determined women.
The background is interesting with silk screening used as an overlay on top of foliage type fabric. Fabric trees were also appliqued on.
If you remember my blog from retreat, Mary was working on a large quilt for her 4 year old grandson...and she finished it and brought it to share - lucky little guy!
Val brought another one of her beautiful handmade books...
The handmade paper features rusting and eco-dyeing....
each page a work of art...
Gen has been downsizing and in anticipation of that is finding creative projects that take up less space. She admits to loving collage and in particular, this book which has served as a wonderful source of exercises and inspiration.
These are some of the little pieces she has done using all kinds of techniques. What a great way to try out new things.
Onto the technique for the day - transferring with transparencies. You will need transparencies. I got these online and liked the fact that they have a paper edge at the bottom making it easy for the printer to grab and start printing. Use an inkjet printer as the inks have to be water soluble. You will also need an image to transfer. You can get the image onto your computer by scanning or from your camera. Any kind of image will work - line drawings or more solid imagery.
The other thing you'll need is an acrylic medium (I prefer matte finish) or a colorless extender. I didn't know about using an extender but Denny brought us each a container and it worked very well.
You'll also need fabric - either solid or patterned like the above. Keep in mind that the transparency allows much of the fabric to show through.
Mary wanted to transfer an image onto this rusted piece of fabric....
This image was scanned into the computer and than printed onto the transparency. I used the same settings as I would for anything I would print. Some printers have an option for transparency but most dont; use the standard - plain white paper setting and "normal" quality print. Many of the images were enhanced in a photo editing program first.
To transfer the image, coat the fabric with a thin layer of acrylic medium. Immediately place the transparency image side down and using a burnisher or the back of a spoon, rub over the entire transparency until the image is on the fabric. The "wetness" of the fabric will loosen the ink allowing it to transfer. This part may take a little "elbow grease". You can gently lift up the corner of the transparency to see how it is going.
Val wanted to use this picture of an elephant which was scanned into the computer, enhanced a bit and also enlarged. Your image will always be a mirror image of what you start with so if you're doing writing or something that you want to be in a specific direction, make sure you flip the image in photoshop first to get the mirror image before printing.
And here you can see the elephant is reversed...which was fine with Val. I do love the way the rusted fabric peeks through the elephant at different points giving it an eerie quality.
Gen had great success with pictures she found...
and transferred onto fabric.
Her daughter was playing with the negative setting on the camera to get some great looks...
which transferred very well.
Kate had a great line drawing which transferred very well.
She started with a mottled blue fabric.
Denny was doing something very unique. She found pictures of all the houses she had lived in, turned them into line drawings in a photo editing program...
and transferred them to fabric...Pretttty cooool....A great day as always...
I am linked to Off the Wall Friday and Whoop Whoop Friday.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Retreat - Pt. 2

Day 2 of our retreat.... Back at the community room,  lots going on. Marene, our newest PTA - er fits our group like a glove. She brought several projects to work on including a community quilt which is an ongoing thing in our guild. I think most guilds have philanthropy type projects where kits are available for anyone to make and donate. She finished this top - lickety split...and so onto the next project.....
 a gift for a friend she recently stayed with while in Florida...
 This will be a beautiful bargello piece when done.
 Linda has become an avid knitter; these are socks for Kate...I'm in line to get a pair but don't know if I can bring myself to wear them...too beautiful.
 Barbara was working on blocks and at this point up to 3 large pieces...a very interesting piece and I look forward to seeing it completed.
 Mary was working on a quilt for her grandson using plaids and checks....
 With leftover fabric from Mary's quilt, Kate made this piece. It's fun to see the very different looks from the same fabrics.
 Leigh Ann was working on the same quilt as Janice using the Maple Islands quilt pattern -
 Kate was also working on a community quilt, ran out of squares to make a 5th row and decided to make 2 blocks using scraps to make a 9 patch (opposite corners). Kate literally had a few threads leftover and we all thought the newest blocks really added an element of surprise.
 Kate is a fast and very good piecer...but when having so much fun with many distractions...seams do get sewn on the wrong side...what to do...

 take a break and do aerobics with our fearless leader - Georgia!

Well, 5:00 and it's Happy Hour time and back to the house.. ... lots of nibbles and bubbly and laughing!
 with good friends....
And as the saying goes....what happens in Lake Logan, stays in Lake Logan...For that we are all grateful.
 and into our jammies early on
and the socks that say it all ..."If you can read this...Bring me some wine"....Girlfriends are the best! I am linked to Off the Wall Fridays and Whoop Whoop Fridays.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Retreat Time!!

Last week was our annual retreat - 3 days of crazy fun!....10 of us gals from PTA - (Professional Textile Artists, AKA - Piecers, Talkers, Appliquers) gathered together to sew, laugh, eat, drink champagne, laugh, tell stories, laugh and drink more champagne. Each year gets better and better.... We arrived around 9:30 - ish on tuesday...Mary had yummy donuts waiting for us as we set up our stations and being creatures of habit, scooped up the same tables as the year before.
 We all bring tons of stuff to work on thinking we may actually run out of projects. The room is very large and perfect to accomodate all of us, our machines etc.
 We hang up our design walls and are off and running.
Some of our members like to come for just a day to hang out in the community room. Dort was here on tuesday and working diligently on some smaller pieces.
 First things first, we had a quick show and tell...Mary brought a piece she made utilizing fabric she created herself using ice dyeing and deconstructive screen printing techniques...Love it! Love it!
 Georgia brought some fabric she purchased featuring New York City...I've got to have some of this....
 Kate was working on a piece using half hexagons but put it aside as she wanted more fabric choices....As much fabric as we bring...sometimes it's hard to know exactly what we'll need.
 Barbara was working on some interesting blocks - slicing and adding strips, all very spontaneous.
 Janice and Leigh Anne were working on the same quilt - different fabrics...
using a pattern from Maple Island Quilts.
 Georgia also found this wonderful "tree" fabric from Northcutt, which will feature an pieced owl..... still in the designing stage.
 I was also working on a piece using half hexagons. I had them arranged on a flannel "board" and glad I did. I brought extra fabrics along in case I wanted to do some swapping out. My hexagon template was not very good and Kate came up with this idea.
 First off, you must know that Kate is the Queen of Recycling...These were flip flops used in pedicures...Kate saved them knowing they would serve a future purpose. Our good pal Denny lent us her Accu Cut machine to bring along..
 and running this through with the hexagon die...
gave me this....a perfect and very sturdy template - It will be put to good use when I no longer have access to the Accu Cut - thanks Kate!
It was Mary's birthday and what better way to celebrate than with cake, bubbly and a crown...
and lots of funny cards...Well that was just day 1......Please stay tuned for more fun and beautiful quilts.