Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Fiber Junkies - Do What You Want

We met on Monday at Vals for our last outdoor meeting of the season. It was a cold and rainy day but lots of great things happening in Vals garage. We planned to do fugitive materials, something we've done before, but it turned into a do what you want which usually translates as "saving an ugly piece of fabric". I brought a bunch of new stencils and masks I wanted to try. If you've ever purchased on Amazon, you click on "put in shopping cart" and then along the bottom comes this message - "If you like this, you might also like this'...Wellllll heck, you know I will.... soooo... in goes something else until it's out of control, which mine was. Solution - split the order in 2, spread them out - end of guilt!
This was one of the masks which was used over a piece of fabric I liked....
and it turned out fine. I may go back with paint sticks and do some shading.
This was a deconstructive piece - over sprayed with paint using sequin waste. It's still very busy but I like the added color, now what to do with it.
I loved this piece of wool Mary had already screened with circles, made with looseleaf paper reinforcements - remember those? She then went back and did some screening using letters from a stencil Gen had brought.
This was an old rusted piece that used a very subtle stencil of random dots. It didn't need that much so the stencil was a good fit for this.
This was one of Vals exquisite pieces. Val was making masks out of freezer paper that she could iron on and fill in the negative areas with paint sticks.
This was a stencil Kate was using over one of her "needs more" pieces.
and the results.
This piece I really like. Last month Kate used a silk screen and thickened dyes to create the boughs. She thought it needed more and added a gentle blending of gold from a paintstick; it was just what it needed.
Gen used a very interesting "crackle" pattern stencil on top of her already pretty fabric but the added patterning made it pop.
This felted piece from Mary and the ones below all came out really nice. - I see beading in their future.

Kate had a piece of circle fabric from the month before. She had a thought to do some Shibori on it and folded it - 3 sets of hands used - 2 sets to hold and 1 to paint the edges...
Nice - sometimes it does take a village.
Our Show and Tell was small but always inspiring. Gen had been working with Citra-Solve and  created some interesting effects with magazines.
This is Gen's clean up cloth from last time. It's amazing.
Mary brought a luscious new piece made with beads. She gave me the go ahead to show it even though it hasn't appeared on her blog yet but keep a watch as I'm sure she'll have lots of details.
That's all for now!


  1. Love, love, love seeing all these pieces of ART!!!!

  2. Ooo - I really like the masking you did. And Mary's items: Wow! That beaded leaf is gorgeous, and the Japanese fabrics top is as well.