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April 5, 2019
Mark Making...with Thickened Dyes from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full


The Art Sisters are playing with

Thickened Dyes




We are using found objects to make our marks






We use sodium alginate to create 

thickened print paste






sodium alginate is ground up seaweed






we are using fiber reactive dye...Raven Black






100% cotton fabric






The dye powder and soda ash 

are mixed directly into

the thickened paste






Once mixed together,  we have a 4 hour window

until the dye is exhausted






After each cloth was completed,

it was covered with plastic for batching






We had great FUN making our marks!






We plan to cut up our newly created fabrics

and incorporate ...

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April 4, 2019
Visions Online Spring Exhibit from Art and Quilting in Camden

I’m delighted to share that my Lilies of the Valley quilt has been juried in to the Visions Art Museum online exhibit “Spring.”

Lilies of the Valley, 36 x 36 inches. As always, there is dense quilting to bring the quilt to life. This work is has been juried into the SAQA Connecting Our Natural Worlds exhibit, and is available for sale. However, the quilt cannot be delivered to the purchaser until the end of the SAQA exhibit in 2022.

I love the delicate fluted cups of the tiny flowers near our front porch, the shades of green as ...

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February 25, 2019
Robbie Porter Payne Day On My Blog from Quilts + Color

Robbie does amazing beading. She worked on this squirrel for at least two years. It was beaded and she has a system for putting it on a background.
I am sharing this closeup of this piece so you can see the dyed background, the machine quilting and the hand embroidery. She LOVES doing handwork.
She is currently taking a year long online class. She had so many examples to share with us. These are just a few. They are done with paper, paint and dye. She is making her own stencils and making compositions with the papers.

You can see ...

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February 12, 2019
3 Quilts & the Journey Continues from Where Art & Life Meet

I think about art all the time: the process, the way life impacts it…  Wondering about how other people will see it, whether they will approve, like or dislike it, is the biggest buzz kill to creativity that I know of.  But, I find, silencing those worries often difficult.  The best steps I know to… Continue reading 3 Quilts & the Journey Continues

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January 17, 2019
Little changes help: Rose Hip from Art and Quilting in Camden

Not quite done yet, but improved and much closer to done and basting

Better. I finally got a little time in the studio (and the hammering on the roof is more muffled down there–we are having a new, metal roof put on–who knew they could do that in Maine in January?). I had thought the Rosehip top was done when I left it on Sunday evening but, I’m learning I need to let things set a spell, after I looked at it with fresh eyes realized it needed some help. I made a small rose hip quilt ...

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January 15, 2019
Becoming a rose hip from Art and Quilting in Camden

Off and on for the past couple of weeks I have been dyeing fabric, drawing or photoshopping images to make thermofax screens, and finally working on collaging the background for the rose hip, the large (36″ square) version. To those of you have landed here from my new newsletter, thank you! To those of you who don’t know about my new newsletter, please go here to the home page and sign up! I will write about mid-month and will never share your info!

When I last checked in with you, I was just getting to this stage–finishing the ...

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January 5, 2019
Busy busy busy from Art and Quilting in Camden

Do you ever have those days where you are trying to cram so much into one day you think your head will explode? Yeah. Today!

Rose Hips, large version, testing leaf fabrics
The best news is that the greens will work! This is my enormous rose hip in progress. The 12″ square “test drive” and demo sample is on the left. The big one will finish 36″ tall, probably square, possibly not.

So far today:

  • Rinse out hand-dyes from yesterday, hand wash
  • Machine wash and dry hand-dyes from yesterday, iron
  • View SAQA Webinar on 3-D artwork considerations
  • Create “artwork” for three simple thermofax screens
  • Add more things ...

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December 15, 2018
Dyeing Fibre from The Quilt Rat

Over the years I have experimented quite a bit with dyeing and painting fabrics and threads as well as a variety of surface design techniques but up until now I had not tried to dye wool fibre. Since I have become interested in spinning yarn, it naturally follows that I might want to dye the fibre I spin.

To get started, I took a couple of excellent classes offered on BluPrint, and watched a great many You Tube tutorials. Wool ( a protein fibre ) needs both acid and heat to activate and set (exhaust) the dye.  I began gathering the supplies ...

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November 11, 2018
Ice Dyeing...Pillowcases from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full


I am up at the Quilt Palace

working in the laundry room...



Very little laundry actually gets washed here...

it is mostly used as a dye studio.



I am ice dyeing pillowcases:


Ice covered with dye powder...





Depending on how deep you have the buckets

filled with ice...it takes a day or two for it to melt.

I was busy, so this sat for a week until I could

get back up to the Quilt Palace to process it.




Final Wash Out.....ready for the dryer



Here comes the.... Show 'n Tell


2 dozen pillowcases




Just love that ice ...

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September 17, 2018
Back Yard Beauty from Splendiferous

Back Yard Beauty
36 x 36"
Hand dyed (by artist) cotton sateen, hand painted commercial black fabric, cotton thread
fused applique, extensive thread work, machine quilted
To be exhibited at International Quilt Festival, Houston 2018, as part of the Power of Women exhibit.
Step-by-step progress photos at this previous post.



Also on exhibit in the show as part of the Hands All Around special exhibit:

Dizzy Miss Lizzy
52 x 54", cotton fabrics, machine pieced and quilted


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Swamp Maple from Splendiferous

Swamp Maple, artistic interpretation of Swamp Red Maple, acer rubrum var. drummondi
42.5" square (30" square on point)
Cotton fabrics, silk and bamboo roving, textile medium.
Machine quilted, hand embellished and embroidered.
Leaves are individually cast from actual leaves
For step-by-step progress photos, see this previous post.


Recently shown at Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza 2018, along with
Passion For Color
48 x 66"
Hand dyed cotton sateen & black Kona cotton
Machine pieced and quilted


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September 2, 2018
Back Yard Beauty - step by step from Splendiferous



Original photo by me.  I grew the flower, too.

I’ve been busy.  I took a photo from my garden, photoshopped it to narrow & alter the color range a bit, printed on (I think) 18 sheets of paper & taped those together.  Outlined color areas with a red Sharpie so that the outlines would be visible on the back side of the paper, and color coded each area.  The large drawing (cartoon in artspeak) is divided into a 6 x 6 grid with a blue Sharpie, to make it easier to figure out where the pieces go.

altered photo

Part of ...

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August 28, 2018
New Flimsy from Thread Head


This past week I finished sewing together some clamshells I had cut with the GO! cutter two years ago! Every now and then I have been sewing them together.


Trimmed it up (this way it looks like dragon scales). It is about 37"x45". I made the clamshells for the centre of a medallion quilt using blocks from two years ago - 365 Challenge blocks from 2016. I knew that I would only be making some of the 3" blocks - 81 at the time,


and I needed to piece 15 more to have enough to go around the centre (I just ...

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July 26, 2018
The Fabric Lab Is Open from The Snarky Quilter

Summer used to be a time to await the Good Humor ice cream truck and scrape Japanese beetles off rose bushes into milk bottles. (Yes, I’m that old.) Now it’s a time to use fabric coloring products that are messy … Continue reading

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July 1, 2018
Getting ready for the next quilt….the herald of summer in Maine from Art and Quilting in Camden

Before I can start in on the fusing and collaging process, I find that I now need to dye fabric specifically for a project.   While working on my Lilies of the Valley Quilt, I used up most of my good “summer” greens.   My next piece is for Explorations at the New England Quilt Museum (in Lowell, Mass.), a regional SAQA (Studio Art Quilt Associates) show.  I’ve had several ideas I wanted to try for this piece, and really wanted to push myself to do something different and unexpected.  Unfortunately, those ideas are just not wanting to fit into the ...

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June 26, 2018
Pink Oyster Mushrooms for Dinner@8, Celebrating 10 Years from Art and Quilting in Camden

 

Here’s what I wrote on my entry: Beneath the Surface of the Edges of the pink oyster mushrooms, the Space Between the gills forms rhythmic Patterns of shadow and light. My Affinity for fungi and lichen extends to the inspiration I find in the world around me in Maine, even at at the Belfast Farmer’s Market. Dyeing and painting white cloth is part of my artistic voice, my Personal Iconography.

I am over the moon excited that Pink Oyster Mushrooms has been juried in to the 10th and final (SOB) Dinner at Eight exhibit and that I can ...

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June 7, 2018
It’s All About The Surface from The Snarky Quilter

Over the years I’ve accumulated a pile of fabrics I’ve created with paints, stencils, dyes, and other surface design techniques. Since I didn’t feel up to deep thought projects but wanted to make something after my surgery, I sorted that … Continue reading

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May 1, 2018
time to finish a rug from Making A Lather

My uncle sam's hat rug has reached the finishing stage. All the hooking is done, and I am really excited about finishing this rug. It is bigger than most of my rugs, but, it seemed to go very quickly. I didn't buy any wool for this rug, I was able to use what I already had on hand. The blues were a scrappy mix of dark blues.


I dyed the yarn for whipping the edges my self. I ordered 2 colors of blue dye because I wasn't sure which one I would want and I used them ...

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March 25, 2018
What else is snow for? from Creating Chaos

At the beginning of the month, we were 'blessed' with snow and although it wasn't much and only really kept us in for one day, I had to make good use of it by Snow Dyeing.

This is something I've done many times before, sometimes through lack of snow using ice, and each time the results have been different but that's one of the wonderful things about using this method of dyeing fabric.

I started by soaking some cotton fabric in soda to help the dye get into the fabric and then folded some and scrunched up ...

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March 22, 2018
Painting on Silk Part 2 from Roxane Lessa Fine Textile Art

 

Please click on the title to read the full post.

Hi Everyone!

Welcome to the new readers!

I’ve made some progress on the silk painting.Here is the mock up of the design again:
One of the things I discovered was to make the black darker I had to paint several layers and mix brown, blue and yellow into the black to make it richer and darker.  It took several tries. I used a wide flat brush to paint it on the silk which was ironed to the freezer paper pattern.
Next I mixed up some Pearl EX silver ...

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