Sunday, August 28, 2016

Hand Embroidery on Batik

Last weekend a very good friend of mine, Kathy, turned 80. In lieu of gifts, she asked her friends to create something on  a batik square she sent to each of us. 

I had a lot of fun making this for her.

At her party, which was at McPhee's in Templeton, all the squares were displayed 
on a 'clothesline.'  I wish I would have taken pictures of them. 
There was such a wide variety of wonderful craftsmanship.

Happy Birthday Kathy!

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Painted Fabrics from Judy Coates Perez Class

Here are some of my creations from the class I took from Judy Coates Perez last weekend.  See prior post for more information on that wonderful class.

Arashi Shibori using fabric paint.

This one is far from done, but shows a few techniques we played with  including stamping on fabric, laminating abaca fabric with copyright free images printed on them, etc. 

On this one, we applied salt while the paint was still quite wet. One of he cool things about painting fabric, vs. dyeing is that you get two values, one lighter, one darker.

Painted and scrunched and allowed to dry.

Accordion folded shibori

More painted and scrunched fabric.

For this one we put items underneath it and allowed it to dry. 
 Again, you can see how one side is much more vibrant the other.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Judy Coates Perez Class

Attended a great two day class at SLO Creative Studios  taught by Judy Coates Perez. I've admired her work for a long time. Her painted quilts are simply gorgeous. She has won may awards as well. She was a very giving teacher in terms of sharing many techniques,  materials and tools. There was a great group of women and it was lots of fun. I highly recommend taking a class from her if you ever get a chance.

Above is a picture of Judy teaching us how to use stencils in a variety of ways.

Below are some samples of her beautiful work.  To see more go to

Below is a picture of Susan from my quilt guild showing her work on the design wall.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Textile Show at the De Young Museum

We just returned from a short, but wonderful trip to San Francisco.  We visited the DeYoung Museum, the Legion of Honor, checked out the tiled mosaic steps on 16th avenue, and all sorts of wonderful delights for the eye.

The Ed Ruscha show at the DeYoung was fabulous as was the "On the Grid:Textiles and Minimalism" show.  Today I'm just posting pictures from the Textile show.

The picture above and the two below are of a wrapping cloth (Pojagi) from Korea.  

Below is a picture of Bark Cloth from Polynesia

I loved this shibori fabric. It was also my husband's favorite from the show.
Below is more information about the artist and the work.
 Worth checking out if you are a fan of shibori.