Wednesday, October 31, 2018

shibori on a pvc pipe

My pictures seem blurry to me.  I guess that happens some days.  Life is a little blurry sometimes, too.  I continue doing some simple shibori dyeing to have plenty of samples to show for the January dye workshop at the library.  This one is so easy.  Wrap a pipe with a wide piece of fabric, scrunch it down, secure, and dye.  I used jade as the base.  After letting it sit awhile I lightly added some boysenberry with a paintbrush.  Not a colour scheme I like, but wanted high impact to show the class.

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Dyeing for peace of mind...

Life happens.  My aunt passed this last week, and everything in my life was put on hold.  Now it's time for some healing, so for me - off to making art.

Shibori circles were the answer this time.

Somewhere there is a photo of the fabric before adding a layer of ice and dye. Where is it?  The dyes are jade, stormy grey, and boysenberry (procion mx from prochemical and dye)

I used flatten glass gemstones and rubber bands for a resist

Feeling stronger and ready to move forward with my life.  Art really does heal.

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

sample bag #1

I've been stitching little pieces over my morning tea for some time now.  Brainstorm!  Make a collage bag with the stitched art!  I covered a piece of fabric with my samples, added a layer of interfacing for strength, and lined the bag.  The handles are a belt out of my "can't throw anything away" box.  I am very pleased with the outcome and look forward to making more.  It is very sturdy and shall get much use.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Mark making w/washers

This was a simple way to create a fun fabric! Washers layer on fabric, spray dyes, machine stitch and a bit of hand stitching.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Monday, October 15, 2018

Leaf prints

Not enough time to play with my gelli plate with dye thickener! 

Friday, October 12, 2018


Slowly getting my dye experiments washed and ready for stitching and quilting.  Yellow is such a happy colour - looking forward to using these fabrics in January when the grey days start to get to me down.

Thursday, October 11, 2018


I have a yoyo quilt from the 1970's that has been sitting in a box for too long.  It was begging to be cut apart and dyed.  I am now addicted!

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

gelli trees / round 2

Same procedure... gelli plate / paint tree with brush using thickened dyes / print / add threads and beads.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

gelli plate trees

I'm working on plans for a dye workshop for January. These simple trees started as thickened dye painted on a gelli plate. After printing I added some background colour with more thickened dyes and a paint brush.  Final step... add threads. 

Saturday, October 6, 2018

special bday

A sweet dear friend of my moms is turning 85 this week.  Her sisters have planned a card shower.  I worked on mine this morning:

Friday, October 5, 2018

Dye it...

Starting to dye some pieces for a project bouncing around in my head...

Monday, October 1, 2018

Leaf bundles / red maples

Very happy with the bundles I boiled up yesterday.  I want to do more, but with steaming instead of boiling. I think the lines will be crisper.