Saturday, July 4, 2020

Using Fabric Scraps to Create Cards

One of my friends was commenting on how I hadn't posted in a couple weeks, so I thought I better put something together to show I'm not being a lazy slug. I am finding it a bit difficult to focus on any longterm projects. But I have been doing a little crocheting, and making some cards to send to people in need of them. It's a good way to use up my many scraps.

I layer some fabric strips, weaving them in and out of each other and then start free motion quilting over part of the card. Then I add in more, do more sewing, etc., etc.

They're kind of fun and much faster than making a quilt and just feels right for these times.
I did get into my studio today to do some dyeing, so should be showing the results of those
 later this week.

Sunday, June 14, 2020

Dendritic Monoprint Art Quilt

I cut up my latest dendritic mono prints into four inch blocks and used them as a border to the smaller blocks previously. The creating of any art fabric is the most exciting part for me.  This is my piece for  the "Tradition with a Twist" challenge that my Cutting Edge Fiber Art Group is doing. 
I feel the traditional part is the cutting of fabric into blocks and sewing them together like four patch or nine patch quilts, etc. The 'twist' is in using non-traditional hand-printed fabric
 for the blocks to create an art quilt.

I machine and hand quilted the blocks and am adding some hand embroidery
 here and there to further enhance the quilt.

Monday, June 1, 2020

More Fun with Dendritic Monoprinting

I sewed together the cut up dendritic prints made earlier. 
I then decided the piece needed to be larger, 
so painted another piece of fabric.

I painted this by thoughtfully adding acrylic paint to the dampened fabric, then accordion folded it. Next I added more paint to the tops of the folds and put it outside to dry.

This is what it looked like when it dried.

This is after ironing it. I love 
how the folds look so dimensional.

Here it is after doing dendritic mono printing on it.
I used two of my large 12 1/2 inch square acrylic quilting rulers on which to spread the paint
 to create the prints.

Saturday, May 23, 2020

Fun with Flower Pounding and Dendritic Mono Printing

I've been playing around with printing techniques the last couple of weeks.  One of my friends in my Cutting Edge group had been talking about doing some flower pounding so I checked that out.

These are geranium petals, which released some beautiful deep colors.

I added some colored pencil details to them, then ended up smudging them, 
then had to bleach out the smudges, which left some yellowing. 
Then I had to rinse out the bleach so it wouldn't eat up the fabric. So now I'm back to paler colors and will need to pound some more petals on them. 
Live and learn!   
From what I read online, I should have soaked my fabric in alum first, which may have helped. 
I will sure give that a try next time.

 Then I moved on to making dendritic mono prints. You may be thinking, what the heck are those?
Dendritic means "Of pertaining to, or resembling a dendrite. A Dendrite is a mineral crystallizing in another mineral in the form of a branching or treelike mark. or a branched part of a nerve cell that transmits impulses toward the cell body.
A mono print is a form of printmaking where the image can only be made once, as opposed to other printmaking which allows for multiple originals. We created some of these in Betty Busby's class last year and it was great fun. It also brought back some great memories of making these in an introductory printing class at Cardinal Stritch college, many moons ago.

I first applied thick acrylic paint, from a squeeze bottle,  to a piece of plexiglass. 
Next, I placed another piece of plexiglass on top and pressed down which squished the paint
 to form an abstract design. 
Then I carefully inserted a pallet knife between the two pieces of plexiglass to separate them.
The pressure of pulling the two pieces of plexiglass apart raises the paint 
into these cool dendrite forms.
Next, I carefully laid a piece of cotton on top of each side and gently pressed with my hand to  capture the design you see in the photo below.

Below are three dendritic prints made previously in Betty Busby's class.

After my dendritic prints dried, 
I painted them to match the background colors of the ones made in Betty's class.

Here are my prints drying outside.

The following day I put them up on my design wall and thought,
 "what the heck can I do with these?"
After playing around with them for awhile, I decided to cut them into squares and rearrange them.  Now I am in the process of sewing them together.

Saturday, May 9, 2020

New Shirts and Masks

One of my dear friends is moving to Oregon to be closer to her family. She is a wonderful woman and I will miss her. So I wanted to send her off with a dyed shirt. I made two so she could have a choice of what she would prefer.
Below is an accordion folded and banded shirt ready for dyeing. 
This is the one she ended up choosing.

I used Robin's Egg, Turquoise and Cobalt.

Below is the other shirt, which was pole wrapped, arashi shibori style, ready for dyeing.

On this one I used Robin's Egg, Turquoise, Cerulean, Light Red, and Orchid.

Below are some more masks I whipped up to give to friends
 and others in need.

Thursday, April 30, 2020

Reopening the Studio Barn and Ice Dyeing

This week I got out to the studio barn, and did a thorough sweeping, cleaning, and scrubbing. Originally I was scheduled to teach a dyeing class
 to members of our Almond Country Quilt Guild on  May 2nd.
Of course that needed to be canceled, but hopefully it will be rescheduled
 for another time after the pandemic.

Below is a shirt for my hubby. I tried an S Curve folding method that was described
 on a tie dye YouTube video  by Krispi.
  He has some great videos. I really love how the colors and designs came out!
Top photo is the front and below that is the back of the shirt.

I've been collecting old, lovely linen fabrics.
 And I've been given some wonderful ones from friends as well.
 Some of them have beautiful embroidery, cut work, etc.
 As you can see, the linen takes really well to the dyes.

....and another beautiful one!

Hope everyone is doing well out there and keeping safe! 
Looking forward to teaching classes in the barn at some time again!

Saturday, April 11, 2020

I've been busy making more masks for friends, family and others.
These are made using a different pattern than the ones I previously made and showed on my blog. They fit your face a little bit tighter. 
For these I used a pattern from Orange Dot Quilts. If you go to their website you can download the mask pattern for free.If you do that, be sure to check out their Facebook page for a very helpful video as well for how to do the folding part.

  It's working out for me because it doesn't require an extended length of time or concentration.
 My husband is still recovering from his two surgeries and needing a lot of assistance. 
He continues to improve a little bit every day, so that is good!
Can't wait until he's back to normal. You never realize how much your hubby does, 
until he can't do anything. 

Last night the sky was incredibly beautiful in the East and the West.