Sunday, August 27, 2017

Eco Printing Workshop

Recently, I had the great fun of taking an eco printing workshop from Vickie Bennett. I've known Vickie for a while and have always been a big fan of her work...so finally it worked out where I could sign up for her 1 day workshop.... packed full of information and fun!
 One of the techniques we used was layering leaves and plant material on top of silk noil or a scarf blank.
 Everyone brought lots of things to share...a great variety of plants and all were anxious to see how each one would print.
 We had pvc pipe or copper tubing for wrapping our fabric/leaves. I chose the copper to see if the metal would have any effect on the fabric...it didn't seem to.
 This scarf turned out lovely and picked up a lot of the color from the plant material.
 This is my scarf...I like the results but would have liked more color. The lack of color is a result of  spritzing iron water to the piece before steaming. The "ferny" type leaves are Sumac...the good kind that doesn't make you itch.
 I think the Sumac had a powerful presence...
 and another pretty scarf with good color.
 And our instructor's beautiful scarf in which she also used a "color carrier" to get more color on her fabric.
 and a detail....
Another fun technique we learned was the use of color carriers to create more color on the piece. 
 For this exercise we used silk noil which takes any kind of color beautifully
 with great results.
 and my piece...a little more subtle than some of the others. I can't say I'm in love with it...maybe in like with it but more important I'm happy to know how to do this...will be doing lots of practicing in the future.
 and another very successful piece..
 Our class with Vickie in the middle.
What a fun day and we learned so much in such a short time. Out of respect for Vickie and all the hard work she did in creating this workshop, I shared mostly results...which hopefully will wet your appetite into taking a workshop from her...You will be happy you did.....til next time.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Fiber Junkies - Parallel Play

The months are flying by and it seems like yesterday we were meeting for July....here it is August with fall just around the corner...a happy camper I am! FJ met once again at our wonderful Val's home with lots of fun possibilities for a day of playing....but first our quick show and tell.
Denny showed us another one of her very big and beautiful quilts she is working on...lots of intricate piecing and perfect points...impressive I'ld say!
Mary showed some of her noil she eco printed in a recent workshop with Vickie Bennett. I was in the same workshop and it was great fun.
Also another small wallhanging from Mary using some of the wool prints she made last time at Fiber Junkies....thought it was a very nice way to display them.
This is another wonderful piece from Mary - very Americana. Pictures were digitally printed on fabric and incorporated into a piece using eco dyed fabric.
And Gen with her tags which she loves to make as they are like mini collages....each one prettier than the one before.
Gen received something in the mail with this printed filler paper....well, waste not, want not...and think she made great use of it.
Val has been doing some lovely silk screening on sheer fabric...think this was silk organza...what a beautiful stole it would make.
Onto our wonderful messes....one station was set up for eco printing. The "sandwiches" were prepared with wood on each end, hand made paper in between along with plant material between each layer of paper.
Val had some different kinds of wood which was fun to use and see if they would affect the color of the paper underneath. Now they are clamped and ready to go...
into the pot of boiling water with white vinegar for about an hour.
Val was working on this beautiful piece of fabric she painted with dyes and silk screened over and still added more (will find out at end of post).
Denny, being the wonderful record keeper that she is, was experimenting with different wax resists...and more important labeling them as a reference.
I brought along some tongue depressors to use as a resist in Shibori. There was a top and bottom stick and held together on each end with rubber bands. It was then dipped into Indigo dye for a few minutes. Kate really didn't like this fabric and felt she had nothing to lose by a quick dip...
and looky...looky...quite wonderful I think. The fun thing with Shibori is you never know what you're going to get.
I had some wonderful 100% cotton sateen I folded with tongue depressors also. Kate did more of a scrunch and I did ironing and folding but you can see the pattern it creates. I honestly have to say that I like Kates better but all in all just great fun experimenting. and comparing results.
I had an ugly piece of fabric I wanted to try and fix. I did some folding, clamping and then dipped it into the Indigo pot.
I like it much better now and love the more turquoise-y blue that appears in some areas.
This was another piece folded and dyed...think it's Mary's...the bushes outside make perfect drying areas as air can get on top and underneath.
And here's Val's amazing piece that was perfect as it was but then dipped into Indigo and now even better.
And an ugly of mine that was folded and dipped in Indigo.
The official fabric taster...sometimes Kate will forget if she soda ashed a piece of fabric...I will taste the tiniest bit of corner and tell her if she has or not...
And our eco prints...some really amazing ones.
I loved the results from using this rusty round thing. I'm going over to the selvage yard in Asheville where I know I can get more...they do create a wonderful effect.
Here's the result when the paper is larger and folded in half for the sandwich. Not only does it hold the leaves in place better, but you get a mirror image.
And of course...what would our meetings be without the bubbly! I am linked to Off the Wall Friday and Whoop Whoop Friday.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Eco Printed Art

Last month we had the opportunity to do some eco printing at our Fiber Junkies meeting. We used hand made paper and leaves from our garden along with some fresh Eucalyptus from Trader Joes. I was pleased with the results...
 but what to do with them....2 ideas came to mind...size being a factor.
 The smaller ones I thought would work up nicely into some notecards. I've always done notecards as they are fairly good sellers and people always seem to need them. They also make great gifts.
 I used 5 x 7" blanks and glued the eco print in place using a double bond created with rubber cement. To make a double bond, glue each surface and let dry thoroughly. Carefully place the eco paper on top of the blank..once it's down...it's DOWN...no turning back so this step I do very slowly and with great care. I remove any excess rubber cement that might be beyond the print by gently rubbing.
 The envelopes have a stamped leaf in the upper corner and a short blurp about eco printing on the label. Both envelope and card are placed in plastic.
 Onto the bigger prints...both sides are printed and often not the same depending on what was touching them during the process.
 I like this side which uses Eucalyptus leaves and a rusted flat gear of some sort. I thought it might need a little darkening in places so....
 I used a spray on color wash....diluted and applied with a brush for more control.
 The eco print was backed with a fusible web.
 I thought a silk noil in natural color would work well as a backdrop for the print. I love silk noil and the wonderful texture it provides... I marked off the area to quilt, sandwiched it with batting and light backing and dove in.
 I did a simple free motion stipple stitch in a rayon thread the same color as the noil. I then fused the print down in the center and secured it permanently with a monofilament thread.
 I used 8 x 10 blank canvas's to mount the piece. I laid it down with wrong side of print up and facing the right side of the canvas. I then brought the whole thing to the back. I stapled it in key areas...checking each time to make sure it wasn't off center...
 then went and filled in the gaps with more staples.
 And a look at the finished piece.......which is large Eucalyptus leaves...
 and the back which is finished....
and the other print. I am linked to Off the Wall Friday and Whoop Whoop Friday.