Progress!

28 07 2010

Working out in the patio yesterday, I dyed 10 of these…Sweet little onesies for sweet little babies.

Between Monday and Tuesday, I finished 8 new silk scarves and have 3 more waiting to finish.  I need some time to decide how to finish them.  I want to do more wax designs.  There is only one in this group using my new “BIG sponge” stamp. I love the BIG sponge.

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Life At My House

27 07 2010

I’m so bad…I haven’t blogged in forever.  I guess I can just take you through what I have been doing the last couple of weeks… in pictures.

I went to Terra Haute to an exhibit that a friend of mine was in.  We went to a place she had once gone to school and I saw interesting things to photograph such as this structure.

Interesting glass close to where we parked…

Then made lots of fabric beads and made earrings from them…this pair sold…

I’ve been making liner bags to go in Kay’s basket purses…a little collaborative effort…

I made ciabatta bread for the very first time…it turned out great…I love it…

We went to my  family reunion…outdoors at a state park on the hottest day of the year…

That’s my brother…he was not a happy camper…

We left on Friday to go home for the reunion and were having AC problems at the time.  Well, it’s Tuesday and we are still waiting for the repair guy.  Lucky we are staying cool though.

Back to the “dye studio” and scarves and onesies this week…

Took this while the scarf was drying…

Pole-wrapped and dyed, stamped and a rubbing applied.  The rubbing plate design was made on a piece of cardboard with hot glue.  Great way to make rubbings.

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M…M…More Beads

12 07 2010

This weekend at the market was a good one…weather not tooooo terribly hot and customers coming and buying.  I sold 4 pairs of my hand made bead earrings…3 pair with fabric beads and one pair with felt beads.  Hmmm…these could do well, so last night I  made more beads before going to bed so they would have all night to dry.  I had a piece of cloth with a design stamped on it in ink that I thought would make pretty beads…BUT..the ink ran when I applied the glue/water mix, so that idea didn’t work very well.

Bright idea…make beads FIRST, THEN stamp with inks!  Ta da! They roll quite easily over a stamp image. Can’t wait to get these made up into earrings.

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Bag Making Fool

9 07 2010

Yesterday I worked on fabric for my small ArtFul cloth bags.  They are the size of a small make-up bag but can be used for other things too.  My inventory is getting low. (That’s a good thing!  It means I’m selling.) So it’s time to get back to work on them again.

First I pull out pieces of cloth from my ever-swelling stack.  For some reason, I always go for the paint rags.  As I’m pulling out pieces I pray that I start getting ideas for other designs to layer on them, but nothing was coming Wednesday night.  Bleh.  When I woke up yesterday morning, however, ideas were coming, so it was time to get to work!

Remember the bird stamps I was making a couple of weeks ago?  Well, the birds are finding their way onto these bags.

I think I’m going to have to keep one for myself.

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Working, Working, Working

6 07 2010

Last week I took advantage of the wonderfully mild weather to get out in the patio and work on silk scarves.  I screened on most of them.  I used deconstructed screen designs, glue designs, and paper resist designs.  Some of my breakdown screens didn’t print very long.  The new silk screens that Julia and I made worked well, but I see mine are starting to stretch a little.  Perhaps that is because I didn’t review Kerr Grabowski’s instructions before we  made them!  This throw together scarf design turned out to be my favorite.  Since I ran out of good breakdown prints, I used other screens and partial designs on it.  Another idea has emerged for me to use for future screening.  I love the contrast of a large bold design over smaller prints.

The other side of this scarf is a bit different, just because with printing by hand you can get lots of variety. This scarf was printed using all three of the types of printing I mentioned earlier. I’m having a great love affair with chartreuse and turquoise this summer, as well as all the blends in between the two that happen when one does not wash the screens between printing.  This scarf is printed on silk charmeuse.

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Flow #8

6 07 2010

The series keeps on going…at least so far…

Machine free form stitching, hand blanket stitching, running stitch, paint, inks, Mykonos ceramic beads and seed beads

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