Thursday, January 28, 2016

Art Beads......a new passion

I pulled out the polymer clay

and decided to give it a try again...

This time I decided to try free form hand shaped beads...

I plan to incorporate these art beads
into some of my jewelry designs...

I use Fimo, Primo, Sculpey......I like them all!

Round, square, flat, leaves, beads

This is my first attempt at owl beads

Tools of the Trade

Feather Beads......from a push mold

These are fresh out of the oven....Feathers
I will paint over these with white paint then wipe it off.

This is my Clay set up at the kitchen table.
I don't have a dedicated clay work space......yet.
Here are a few Valentines necklaces I put together:

I had a lot of fun making the birds, beads and hearts...

Necklace 1

Necklace 2

Necklace 3

Necklace 4

Necklace 5

Necklace 6

Necklace 7

Necklace 8

Necklace 9

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May Your Bobbin Always Be Full,

LuAnn Kessi

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Hand Dyes.....Show 'n Tell

Day 2.....Hand Dyes

These are commercial white on whites.

Dyed with Navy and Fuchsia

Thrift Store Pillow Cases batching...

more pillow cases

Fresh from the Dyer:

Canvas Apron and Tote Bags

Pile of cotton hand dyes

Lovely to look at, but lots of ironing to do

Pillowcases hot from the dryer

Fresh off the Ironing Board:

A tiny canvas apron for someone special

A parade of canvas tote bags:

I have had these stored away for years...

I planned to stencil on them.

My procrastination paid off.....

glad they are dyed rather than stenciled.


When I see gently used pillow cases at the thrift store,

I snatch them up!

White on Whites:

They look like they came out of an Indigo vat

Hand Dyes......they lift the spirits during these

wet, dark, Western Oregon winters.

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May Your Bobbin Always Be Full,

LuAnn Kessi

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Hand Dyeing with the Art Sisters...

The Art Sisters are @ the Palace

We are hand dyeing fabric today...

The Palace Kitchen

Nancy means business!

Fabrics soda soaking...

Lots of gradient dyeing today...

Golf Balls, Wiffle Balls, Clamps.....resist dyeing

gradient containers

dye concentrates

Kathi is dyeing garments

One of the Palace dye supply cupboards

the Palace kitchen serves as a wet studio

always lots of rinsing

tying wife balls with rubber bands

yogurt containers make good risers

color testing

ice discharge

ice dyeing

the Palace Laundry Room

ice discharge

ice dyeing

Wiffle Ball dyeing

Here is the wiffle ball fabric fresh out 

of the dryer:

Art Sisters sorting gradients fresh from the dryer...

Lots of ironing to do before there are any more reveals

from our hand dyeing day @ the Palace...

More to come!

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May Your Bobbin Always Be Full,

LuAnn Kessi