Monday, March 27, 2017

Fiber Junkies Pt. 2

So to continue with our fun day of exploring alcohol inks....here is the beginnings of Denny's piece.
The base is shaving cream; inks were dropped on top and because of the alcohol, made little hollows in the cream.
Denny smeared the inks and then...
using a stylus, created a pattern. A piece of fabric was laid on top, gently pressed and the image was created.
This is the piece that Val brought to work on...a rusted fabric highlighted with Caran D'Ache oil pastels.
Will be anxious to see what Val does with this. I'm sure this is just the starting point and she will use  other techniques as another layer.
Here are the powdered Primary Elements by Lumiere, mixed with an acrylic medium. You only need a dash of powder to get good color. They are the consistency of paint and permanent because of the medium which also leaves a slight hand to the fabric.
This was perhaps the most exciting discovery of the day. Mary did some research on making your own inks. So here goes....don't get rid of your dried out Sharpie markers....Break the pen in half to reveal the inside. Use inexpensive scissors to cut away the plastic tube and uncover the felt filled with ink. Place the felt in a small container filled with a little rubbing alcohol.
Give it a good shake and let it set for a few minutes...doesn't take long and look at the wonderful color.
These inks work well on fabric (and are permanent) although you don't get the wonderful spreading affect you get on paper.
This is Yupo paper with the same inks - such a different look.
Here is Gen using inks on Yupo paper, dropping them while blowing through a straw.
A really interesting effect.
Denny had screened this image of houses and used ink on top as a second layer.
Kate likes to take hopeless pieces of fabric to try and make them better....and she always nails it. I've given her many "bad pieces" and she magically turns them into a thing of beauty making me wonder "Why did I part with that fabric"?
And another...
Some papers drying....
Here is a book Denny brought to show the many techniques for using alcohol inks....a beautiful publication. Meanwhile, down in sunny Florida at the same time, our blogger friend Robbie was doing the same techniques with her friend...She had many wonderful ideas to share...Check out her blog for even more ways to use this fun ink.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Fiber Junkies - Where Do I Begin?

Fiber Junkies met yesterday at Gen's home for a very fun filled day of playing and chatting. We have decided to have our show and tell in the morning with our coffee to give us more time to play in the afternoon.
 Mary showed us a lovely plaid quilt she has been piecing with her new Janome foot which works like a dream. She has experienced so much frustration over sewing a good straight stitch and finally found the foot that works.
 Mary also showed us a house warming present for her son who will be moving into a new home shortly. Since he lives in San Francisco, how appropriate to make the Golden Gate Bridge.
 There is so much detail to this piece such as
 the beautiful and extensive stitching to create grass along the shoreline.
 The bird was a nice touch...and then my favorite...the bicycle!
 Her son who likes to ride his bike had to be featured...well, it took us a while to figure out how she did this very intricate bicycle. Mary printed it on a fusible backed fabric, using the same fabric as the background and then cut around the outside only. When fusing down, it blends perfectly with the background because they are the same fabric. Clever Girl!....
 And the binding...each section done in appropriate fabric to match that area...very effective.
 And the backing using the same color way and a ribbon motif which resembels the arches of the bridge.
 Denny has become quite the piecer and every meeting seems to have at least one new quilt to show. She did a beautiful job matching points which is always impressive to me.


 She has also been taking a 10 year Master class with Hollis Chatelaine. This group has stayed together to work on new challenges presented to them each year. The culmination of their efforts is a mini retreat where they share and present their work. One of the challenges was to recreate a piece they've done in neutrals and to keep the theme but distort it. Denny took an old time theme park and fast forwarded it to recreate it in a very run down state. It's quite clever and interesting to see. She used paint in areas to create shadows and also the refection of the moon on the water.


The old ferris wheel...
 and a delapidated roller coaster..
 This month we were exploring alchol based inks, markers, powdered pigments etc.   - lots of interesting information. Denny showed us her sample of inks and pens all labeled for referece.
 She also had some lovely samples with Sharpies using rubbing alcohol for blurring the edges.
 and more samples...

Val brought along a piece of watercolor paper she had rusted and was going to work on...this will probably become a book cover. There is so much to cover, this will be continued tomorrow and hope you come back...it gets better and better. I am linked to Off the Wall Friday and Whoop Whoop Friday. Please check out this fun sites to see what other fiber artists are doing.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Chillin on a Chilly Day

On a snowy day, what's one to do....We did have another snowfall just recently...so pretty and didn't last but a day which is what I like...

Well I owed my son an apple pie...promised for his birthday last year and never delivered..
I make it from scratch...good old Betty Crocker's cookbook way so it takes hours but it does warm up the kitchen and sure makes it smell like Thanksgiving!

Also a good day to hang out with furry buds who can keep you warm - featured is Fraggle my 16 1/2 pound kitten...well he's 2 but very kitten-ish in behavior and a people lover.
But the best thing....John and Mike were working in the basement on a "Bee House". Mike saw them online and decided to build one himself. Both are avid gardeners - especially Mike (son) who has the eye for color and design; they're always adding something new. John built the frame and then Mike cut the bamboo (from our friend Gary's yard) into small lengths. They are held in place with wood glue and can endure the weather.
I love all the different sizes of bamboo....
The bottom part has holes drilled into wood...more apartments for the bees. Mike has done a lot of reading about these cute little dwellings and apparently bees love them.
And as soon as the snow melted, it was hung outside..They are supposed to be placed X amount of feet from the ground to protect the bees from wasps...will find out more about this later.
It's on a larger tree on the side of the house...easy to see and enjoy. I think they did a great job and can't wait for our little buzzing friends to find it and take up housekeeping.

Friday, March 10, 2017

PTA at Gens

PTA (our fiber group) met yesterday at Gen's home with Gen and Mary B hostessing. Well, first drama of the day...Barbara, Linda and I meet up in Ingles parking lot to carpool. We all hopped into Linda's car but upon reaching Gen's condo (about 20 mins away), Barbara realized she forgot her bag with her quilt and other things for show and tell.....well, no biggie...you can show them next month...right!! Well no, Barbara said in a panic...I took the bag out, laid it down on the ground and forgot to get it...Uhhh Ohhh...I stayed at Gens as Barbara and Linda made a mad dash back with fingers crossed that her precious quilt would still be there....
Barbara called to say, it was there but mentioned...think I'll need a glass of wine when I get to Gen's..
What's better than a glass of wine when you are in big stress mode - ?...TWO glasses - one for each hand.
Our meeting consisted of talking, gossiping, drinking wine and looking at wonderful show and tell. Barbara made Mary this ruffled scarf in Packer colors....guess who was a happy camper!
Mary Berry showed us a cute teddybear she hired someone to make. It's made from an old t-shirt used at a family reunion. Mary said she had lots of shirts but needed to find one with a logo that would fit on bear's tummy.
Barbara, who is great at piecing finished the top and it's ready to be quilted.
It has a pulsating effect which is so interesting.
Gen showed us some pieces she purchased, made from paper.
We took a break for lunch and Mary B made this fabulous dessert which tastes even better than it looks!
Dort, prolific as ever show us some pieces she was working on. This is a waterfall which has some beautiful texture.
Look at this amazing texture created with thread and the wonderful Stonehenge fabric that lends itself to this theme.
And more threadwork....
This is another one of Dorts smaller pieces recreated from a photo she took. Dort is known for her attention to detail.
Dort picked these blocks from our stack of White Elephants gifts from our Christmas party...has them together already.
Kate made this wonderful piece....
along with this darling childrens quilt.
Georgia was giving us an update on the quilt trail...
along with a brochure on where the many wooden quilt blocks are located so people can drive their own tour.
Georgia also showed us a series of owl pillows she's making as a gift...lucky lady to get these. The background is my favorite Stonehenge fabric with a tree theme.
Mary B showed us an adorable wall hanging made from an angel pattern her little grandson drew at a very young age.
And last but not least, Mary B is relocating...and still close to us. It's always hard to leave a home that's been part of our lives for so long but she's very happy to be going to this retirement community. She has made a collage of the very wonderful things she has to look forward to...always our very positive and loveable Mary! I am linked to Off the Wall Friday and Whoop Whoop Friday.