Monday, October 5, 2015

Printing on Silk Scarves with Thickened Dye

This year for the Guild Auction, I'm donating two silk scarves.  There are pictures of both in my previous blog post. Yesterday, I printed with thickened dye on the hand-painted one, thinking it needed more 'something' to add interest.

While I had the thickened dye, I found another couple pieces of fabric, one cotton and one other silk scarf and printed on them as well. I had not done any thickened dye printing in a very long time. I forgot how easy it is.  I had to make up a new batch of the sodium alginate, but that goes very quick. Since I wanted to print without pre-soaking the fabrics in soda ash, I just added a mix of soda ash/baking soda to the thickened paste and liquid dye concentrate.  There's a four hour life to the paste once soda ash has been mixed into it, so it's use it or lose it.

Here's the results:

Monday, September 28, 2015

Itajime Shibori and Painting on Silk Scarves with Dyes

Yesterday I dyed two silk scarves.  On one I used Itajime techniques.  Below is the picture of it clamped before applying the dyes.

Here is the other scarf that I painted.

Here they are after washing.

Really like this one!

 I might do another layer on this one.  It has lovely fall colors but might need more.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Arte de Tiza

Yesterday, 21 of my students showed up at the Paso Robles city park to create art
 for the annual Arte de Tiza.  Here's some of the best ones.

 This is Liz's who ended up winning 1st place for the middle school division.

 I'm leaving this one upside-down, because it looks better that way for
 some reason due to the angle of the photo.  It's done by a former student of mine.

 This one was by a group from the Paso Robles Arts Foundation.

Monday, September 14, 2015

More Shibori

I'm trying to find a little time each week for surface design on fabric.  It helps me keep a better balance in my life, since returning to work.  Yesterday I did two pieces, both very simple. One was on a small piece of fabric, about 18 x 18 inches, using Te-kumo shibori technique.  The English translation is "hand-bound spiderweb."  I used the directions in the Shibori Book by Wada, Rice and Barton as mentioned in last week's post. There's an endless quantity of techniques to learn in that book. Instead of binding with string, I used rubber bands.  I inserted a chopstick into the fabric and wrapped rubber bands tightly a round the first three or inches, then removed the chopstick.  I repeated it  throughout the fabric.  Next I soaked it in the soda ash, then dyed it using yellow, orange, red, and black.

The other piece I did was a spiral wrapped shirt using red on one side with a little bit of black and black on the other side with a little bit of red.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Komasu Shibori

It was great to have a three day weekend. Caught up on schoolwork, gardening, cleaning and then had time for some fun with dyeing, specifically Komasu Shibori. This is a Japanese resist dye method using stitching and tying gathered fabric together. It's explained in detail in the Shibori bible, otherwise known as, Shibori, The Inventive Art of Japanese Shaped Resist Dyeing by Yoshiko Wada, Mary Rice, and Jane Barton.

I folded the fabric in half and stitched as shown above, using strong button thread.

I gathered the stitching together tightly and wrapped the fabric from inside each triangular area.

The top photo is the whole piece, approximately fat quarter size. Below is a close up. 
I used Lemon Yellow, Deep Orange, Emerald Green, Chineese Red and Black

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Space Quilt for My Son

This summer I finished a new quilt for my son, whose old quilt made about 18 years ago,  was in tatters. I used techniques from Ricky Timm's book, Convergence Quilts, to make my pattern.  Earlier this week I picked it up from Virginia Roos, who did a beautiful  job of long arm machine
quilting on it. Be sure to click on the picture below to see the beautiful quilting Virginia did.

Above is the top made up of three fabrics for the center section which have been sliced up and reshuffled to create the pattern. Two borders were added to that.

The back is made up of Star Wars fabrics and leftover pieces from the front. 

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Paint and Dye

I've been very busy this week due to starting school again.  I have six classes of approximately 32 students each, so about a 190 students total.  I see 155 of them daily. But I found a little time to play today with some Dye na Flow paint and salt on Cotton.  The actual piece of cotton I painted is still drying.  Later this week, I'll rinse it out after I'm sure the paint is set and will show it here.

But in wiping up my mess today, I discovered some gorgeous paper towels I've been using over the last year or so,  that are wonderful. This might sound crazy, but I dry them after using in clean up and reuse again and again.  Here they are. They are two ply, which means I have two of each.  I think they'll be great in some kind of collage with stitching.  I just like their random quality and even how they dried into free forms pieces.