Thursday, August 28, 2014

Ropes, Rollers and Riotous Fun

Another Fiber Junkies meeting and what can I say - another month of great fun together. There are only 6 of us but we manage to create up a storm and have lots of fun in the process. I've always enjoyed working in groups - the ideas and creative energy are always such a plus and I go home on such a high. 
 This month we were doing Shibori using paint. Never do we stay within the boundaries of our planned project; everyone brings other things to try and share. This month, Denny brought LOTS of new rollers she purchased and was anxious to try.
 There was a wonderful assortment of different patterns to use and after 3 trips to the car for just Denny's stuff, we were ready to dive in.

Here is one of the rollers we used - Mary's (on the left ) did a nice job of taking a not so great fabric and turning it into something wonderful.
 Mary brought fusible web for us to play with - painting on it and then fusing it onto fabric. Kates turned out really nice..
 as did Gens.
 We also wrapped fabric on wide PVC pipe secured in place with rubber bands or string.

and then painted the top edges using a fabric paint. It was a warm day and it didn't take long for paints to dry so results were revealed before we left.

We also had a rope that we used to wrap fabrics around giving it a different look when finished. We used rubber bands at both ends and one in the middle. The rest of the fabric was bunched together and the  tips of the fabric touched with paint.

 Some of the wonderful results - this was a piece that Val worked on - already dyed and color added.
 This was a piece done by Mary using a combination of techniques. Her starting fabric was not too pretty, but she turned it into something so interesting.
This was one of mine and perhaps my best one as far as clean lines. I have no idea what I'll do with it, but I'll have to let it stew for a while. Our show and tell was also wonderful...more on that to come.


  1. I love your piece of fabric. Love the colors and I can think of a few things I could use it for!

  2. Great results! This looks like a fun group to belong to!

  3. Thanks for sharing! Lots of beautiful fabrics and fun ideas!

  4. What a blast! You are lucky to have six good like minded playmates :-)

  5. What awesome techniques! Some ideas here I had not thought about; thank you for the inspiration!

  6. What a fun day! I love those rollers!

  7. Where does she get those rollers? I've looked for years and never see them anywhere. Great fabrics!

    1. Hi Donna...aren't they wonderful...Denny is so sharing and always brings the latest things for us to try. The place is in Spartanburg, SC and deals with pottery making supplies...apparently these are used to make marks on pottery. Here is the link to the specifics and the website is