Monday, August 2, 2010


I am still unpacking from our trip...

Below is a demo piece I created in a rust dyeing class in Idaho

I demonstrated soaking the fabric in vinegar, how to wrap up the rusty object, then packed this up in a plastic bag...

It brewed in the heat in the back of the pick up for nearly a week while we traveled.
Absolutely perfect conditions for rust dyeing!

I unwrapped the bundle, removed the rusty metal, then soaked it in baking soda for a few hours...

It is now washed, dried and pressed...

I will add this to my rust dyed fabric collection!

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One of the pit falls of traveling with your teaching equipment:

Things can really take a beating, packing and unpacking.

I travel with 4 of these thread boxes that I use in my machine quilting demos.
This box just didn't quite do the job keeping the threads in order...

Lucky for me I had a birthday recently...

My Anny Donna surprised me with new thread boxes:

When I arrived in Idaho, she had these boxes waiting for me!

The dividers hold the spools in place beautifully.

She found these in the fishing department of her local hardware store.

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I unpacked a few demo pieces I created in classes during our trip:

Gel Glue Resist
Class Sample from Idaho Class

The paint is now cured and I can throw this piece in the washing machine to remove the glue...

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Painted Cheesecloth

A by-product of sun dyeing...

Cheesecloth on Painted Fabric
Class Sample from Idaho class

Upper portion is the cheesecloth, lifted off the fabric, after drying in the sun

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Sun Dyeing - Leaf
Class Sample Print

I created this as a demo in Idaho in a Sun Dyeing Class

I really like it, but I think I have made more work for myself...
I do believe I will have to finish this piece at some point.

Paint Testing Cloth

When painting fabric, I test the colors of paint on a cloth.
This is the result of testing setacolor paints.

I see Monet's Flower Garden in this cloth...

The Glads are in bloom by the Thread Shed

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May Your Bobbin Always Be Full,

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