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.

1 comment:

  1. What a creative bunch of quilting friends you have. Your fabrics are so creative. Thanks for sharing them!

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