Monday, January 16, 2017

Finally Finished "Shibori with Bird" Quilt

This is a story of a quilt.  In 2009, when I was working on my Masters Degree in Art Education I started a stitched resist shibori quilt. I had done some arashi shibori prior to this but had always been fascinated by the variety of designs that could be achieved through resisting dye via stitching.

Below is a picture of the quilt after dye was applied and rinsed out. Notice the wavy stitched lines at the bottom of the piece both in the picture above and below.

It took me eight years to get back to this lovely piece of fabric. I would take it out at least once a year and try to figure out what to with it.  Finally in 2016 I made a border that worked well with it and started hand stitching and embroidering on it.

Feeling it needed a focal point, or fun little surprise, I discovered a negative area that resembled the shape of a bird, so stitched one in. The eye was painted.  I was a nervous wreck painting it due to the permanence of the acrylic paint, which did not leave much room for error.

Friday, December 30, 2016

Paint and Dye with Itajime

This is the last piece from my dyeing session a few weeks ago. It started as an experiment using paint and whiffle balls.

I did some itajime folding and clamping as you see below.

After clamping, I applied dye and let it batch for about 24 hours.

Here's the finished piece, which I feel has a lot more depth and complexity.

Wishing all my readers a very Happy New Year!

Sunday, December 18, 2016

More Itajime and Over-dyeing

I started with an arashi piece made some time ago that needed a little something more.

I folded it, clamped it and applied black dye, made up of two blacks, Better Black and Jet Black (from Dharma Trading Co.) I used 3 tablespoons of each, some salt and 1 cup of urea. 
It batched for about 24 hours.

The black came out very intense and black, while the wooden discs resisted the dye
 giving the piece some nice contrast.

Sunday, December 11, 2016

New Itajime Piece and More

Yesterday I created a new Itajime piece and over-dyed a few pieces.

The fabric was folded in thirds then accordion folded into triangles. 
I clamped it and soaked it in soda ash. Then I removed the clamps and applied dye by using squeeze bottles. Next I wrapped it in plastic and let it batch for 20 hours.The picture doesn't do it justice. I think my lighting was off. I like how it really glows.

Here's one I over-dyed. The original fabric is on the left. I scrunched it up, placed it in a plastic container and added a little Deep Orange to it.  I think it has more depth now.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

New Stitched Shibori Resist Piece

Last weekend I did a stitched shibori resist piece in Yellows and Yellow-Oranges.  Lots of fun!

Monday, November 21, 2016

A Week Off

Lovely to sleep in with my dog this morning,  contemplating my week off from work.  Making plans in  my head for a variety of ways to go on our Cutting Edge Quilt Group's Challenge of "Montana de Oro."  Hoping to make headway on some of those ideas this week, if nothing else eliminating the ones that won't work for me.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Morning Glory and Super Moon Spotting

Nice to have a three day weekend. Not nice to have 3 migraines so far this weekend. Not sure what's causing them, Maybe it's stress and anxiety over the election, consuming too much Trader Joe's Tiramisu, change of seasons, who knows? Just taking it easy this weekend, can't do much else.

Emptied out all my old dyes from the little fridge in the barn. Getting ready to stir up some new ones to do some dying over Thanksgiving break.

Beautiful  Morning Glory blooming n the back yard, planted who knows when, has been a lovely surprise to enjoy.

A historic super moon is to arrive Monday night. 
It will be the closest full moon to the earth since 1948. 
Here's a picture of it taken Friday night from my backyard.  Looking forward to checking that  out.