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August 20, 2019
examining pattern from Karen Ann Ruane

embroidering pattern

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August 16, 2019
a little journal from Karen Ann Ruane

a little embroidered journal

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August 14, 2019
documenting stitch from Karen Ann Ruane

documenting stitch

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August 2, 2019
abc from Karen Ann Ruane

developing a stitched pattern

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Class with Emily Richardson - Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre

Basically the Before

Ready to Paint!
So the artist/teacher Emily Richardson finally was rescheduled this year to return to Quilting by the Lake to teacher the class Inspiration Through Reflection: Painting Fabric, Creating Quilts. I believe this was her 5th time at the conference over the last 20 years.  Even though I loved her work, I just wasn't in a place that I thought I could confidently be taught what she did.  BUT this year, I was and I'm so glad I did!!  


At QBL, some years I learn just a bit and play a lot ...

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July 29, 2019
ledger progress continued from Karen Ann Ruane

embroidered sketchbook

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July 27, 2019
developing design from Karen Ann Ruane

a hand stitched embroidery record

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July 13, 2019
design sheet or back page for a new artist book? from Karen Ann Ruane

surface design, paper explorations

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July 12, 2019
books, pages, design sheets... from Karen Ann Ruane

stitched papers, design sheets, embroidered pages

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July 6, 2019
Indigo Dyeing....Reveal from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full


Remember our...

Indigo Dyeing Play Day ???


This is our BIG REVEAL....enjoy!




Pillowcase




Pillowcase




Kitchen Towel

























































Scarf





















































































Scarf




Kathi created a bag













Indigo dyed over rusted fabric



















Everyone enjoyed playing with Indigo...

we want to give it another go!





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May Your Bobbin Always Be Full,

LuAnn Kessi

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more ledger work from Karen Ann Ruane

a developing ledger, a record of stitch and design

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July 5, 2019
surface design, isolating pattern from Karen Ann Ruane

surface design, isolating pattern

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June 30, 2019
Take a class with me in Houston! from Art and Quilting in Camden

WOOT! The International Quilt Festival Houston catalog is starting to ship and online registration–yes, ONLINE, with instant knowing if you got into the class, goes live in July (I’ll post when it does). If you’d like to take a workshop with me, now’s your chance because I’m teaching a ton of my favorite workshops. For more detail on any of these classes, please visit the Classes/workshops page of my website and scroll down to the individual class–you’ll find a supply list PDF and sometimes links to blogposts about previous workshops sharing student ...

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June 14, 2019
Silk Painting 101 - Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre

The painting Studio


So I decided to not take a quilting class at John C. Campbell Folk School.  Okay, in my defense when I signed up last November for Silk Painting with Vicky Luffman, I really had no idea what it was.  I mean I thought I knew what it was.  You paint on silk right?!?  But gosh I've been in the surface design quilt world for so long that I thought we would go in and put some paint on silk and then it would be made into something else. But no!!  Apparently, people actually paint on silk ...

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June 11, 2019
Indigo Dyeing.....Play Day from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full



The Art Sisters are here for a day of PLAY



We are Indigo Dyeing




We are using the Jacquard Indigo Dye Kit





Indigo Dyed Fabrics





Yellow Bucket: Clamped fabrics soaked in water

White Bucket:  Indigo Dye Vat

Red Basket:  Indigo Dyed Fabrics oxygenating





When the fabrics are removed from the dye vat,

the oxygen turns them from 

green to....blue





Kathi is dyeing a shibori wrapped piece

on a large pvc pipe...




Kathi's fabrics....turning blue




Kathi also wrapped fabric on a vent...





The center fabric is a shibori wrapped and dyed piece.





We had a yard full of ...

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June 3, 2019
pages from Karen Ann Ruane

presentation, surface design

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May 8, 2019
Messy Painted Aprons... from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full



Yes, I am at it AGAIN...

Painting Messy on Canvas



Messy Painted Apron







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May Your Bobbin Always Be Full,

LuAnn Kessi



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April 12, 2019
Messy Painted Aprons... from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full


The ART SISTERS are in the HOUSE !!



We are creating...

Messy Painted Aprons





Canvas Apron Blanks





Inexpensive Craft Paint





Found Objects for Stamping...







First Layer:  Roll on Paint to cover canvas


Second Layer:

Then begin stamping with found objects...




First Two Layers are done !





Third Layer:  Large Foam Stamps





The foam stamps add focal points





Three Layers.....DONE !





Fourth Layer:  Black & White Paints





The Black and White paints bring it to life !




Fifth Layer:  Paint Marker Pens


Lots of detail is added with the paint markers





Ta-DONE !





Messy Painted Aprons

They make you so happy,

you can't wipe the ...

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April 6, 2019
design sheets from Karen Ann Ruane

design sheets...

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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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