Monday, April 24, 2017

Ice Dyeing

Here are my Easter eggs made early on Easter morning, tie dyed of course.

This is an ice dyed cotton shirt I made this last weekend.

This is another one. I really like how its rock-like colors and textures.

Here is the whole shirt

On the left side is the striped golden fabric I started with
 and on the right side is it after ice dyeing.

Below is a Kona Gold fabric which I ice-dyed. It came out darker than I wanted. I might do some bleaching on this one to bring back the gold color in places, maybe through stenciling or something.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Arashi Shibori with Fabric Paint

I've been playing around with using fabric paint to create some arashi shibori pieces. The advantage of using paint is that the process is quicker and does not need as many chemicals.  I still prefer the glow you achieve from  using procion dyes, but these are a close second.

Here are some pics from my sessions this week. I used Pro Chem Fabric Paint   I like their colors and find it to be more economical to use than other brands. I dilute it about 3 parts water to 1 part paint.  It also has a very soft hand to it after washing and ironing. You can achieve different effects if you use wet fabric vs. dry fabric and if you wrap fabric at an angle as opposed to edges of fabric being parallel to sides of cylinder.

For this one I used a cardboard concrete form bought at Lowe's. I covered it with some old contact paper I had laying around to protect it's surface from water.

Below is the resulting fabric.

Below is one I wrapped around a large empty can of tomatoes.

The resulting fabric is below.

Another couple of variations are below.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Tie Dye Mania

Last week was crazy busy. Besides seeing my regular 148 students daily who were creating their ceramic ethnic masks in class, at lunch,  the Leadership  teacher brought in 21 kids each day Monday through Wednesday to make tie dye shirts  in blue and white (our school colors). They were so excited about it and made some wonderful ones that they all wore on Friday to the pep rally.

On Thursday at lunch I  had ten students from my advanced art class dye shirts at lunch, using multiple colors. I brought in some dyes from my personal stash. Can't wait to see how theirs turned out.

Here's one of mine done with arashi shibori technique.

Below is a closeup of the top part of shirt.  This is a rayon shirt from Dharma Trading Co.

Below is one of the blue and white samples
 I made to demonstrate the technique to the students. 
It's an extra large and my  husband loves it, so it's his.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Floral Inspiration

I made great strides in my quilt for  our Cutting Edge's exhibit for PIQF this upcoming October. Here's a little section of it. Since I'm using a reverse appliqué method, there has been so much preparation  before anything  showed up on the top surface. There are five layers in some places and four in others.  It's layered and ready for quilting. Not sure if I'll do hand or machine quilting or a some of both.

With all the rain we have been fortunate to receive in the last months, 
my flowers have some gorgeous blooms.

The iris below is our 4 feet tall, the tallest one I've ever had in our 20 years living here.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Middle School Art Show at Studios on the Park

I'm so proud of the wonderfully creative work my students have done this year.
 We had our opening reception for our middle school art show this last Wednesday at Studios on the Park in Paso Robles. The show will be up through the end of April. Hope you can see it.

 I'm standing in front of their Notan  Projects.

In front of me are their ceramic personality boxes, a couple gargoyles and other pieces. 
In back are their Australian Aboriginal art compositions.

Here are my wonderful friends who helped me hang the show. Thanks again ladies. 
You made this task so much easier.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

More Itajime

Once your dyes are all made up and in squirt bottles, the dyeing goes very fast.
 Having done that about a month ago or so, it didn't take me very long to put together a few new pieces. Having way too much fun with this technique.

Fabric was accordion folded and tied to the PVC  piece at an angle to create chevron stripes.

Below is the resulting fabric.

Itajime  using chopsticks and washers.

Itajime using larger sticks. Prior to putting those on, I used large washers clamped to the fabric to create a circular design underneath that you see in the finished piece.

 For this one, I accordion folded the fabric, wound it around a spool using rubber bands
 to secure in and drizzled dye on the folded edges.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Itajime Fun

I was so inspired last week from seeing Ana Lisa Hedstrom that I had to do some itajime.

Folded and stitched these on the machine. The stitching showed up as little dots
 after being dyed. I started with Kona gold fabric.

Folded, stitched and wrapped arashi style.

Batched them for 24 hours.

Before rinsing.

Here's all three pieces together and below each one separately.

Below is a closeup of the little stippling from where the dye penetrated through the fabric
 where it was stitched.