I made some batik scarves yesterday. I used soy wax on these, but am wondering if flour paste would be good to use. I may have to try it, but if anyone reading this has any thoughts about it, let me know in the comment section. I do like the crackly lines.
I am also trying out some new types of silk from what I have worked on in the past. I really love the flat crepe, the silk satin and the silk charmeuse. I think the charmeuse is basically silk satin with a crepe backing on it, thereby making it a heavier scarf. So this has been an interesting learning experience. Tomorrow I will be putting these scarves out at the artisan’s festival. I am always interested in customer response when I have something different to offer at shows.
Yesterday was my husband’s birthday. He turned 49 and I made him a New York cheesecake. I haven’t made one of those in years…too much fat! Even though I used the 1/3 less fat cheese and low fat sour cream it’s still a lot of fat. Then I quilted the Rosa and Friends sample and put binding on. Well, that part is over. Now I just have to get fabrics dyed for the kits. I was going to dye on Tuesday, but a water main was broken and we had no water all day.
On Saturday I am doing a presentation called All That Jazz at Sew Tech. They asked me to do a trunk show as well as show quilts for classes that I teach and my hand dyed fabrics. I will also do a small demonstration of a technique. I plan to visit Dick Blick and Joann’s while I am in Evansville.
Not much else going on as I have lately been spending so much time on this sample. I have to get in gear and start working on pieces that I want to put in the textile exhibit next month. I have less than a month to go before everything is to be delivered to the gallery.
Some pulls from a soy wax screen. I love using soy wax! These were printed on the back of fabrics that had gesso and paint applied. The white areas are from the gesso.
This is a piece of hand dyed (deep red) fabric, stamped with soy wax, then painted with activated dye paint (turquoise). There was a lot of wax on this and it came out quite easily.
Yesterday I made a gelatin print plate and will be making prints today to post later. Let the fun begin!
I think I am in love with color. After dyeing 15 yards last week, some days I just sit and stare at the colors in the stack. Sometimes I stroke them to feel the softness. Am I obsessed? Maybe. I am enjoying the intensely rich colors. (I also tend to stick my nose in the freshly opened coffee can and take a deep breath, too…these are a few of MY favorite things…remember that song?)
I have also been playing a bit with soy wax. Isn’t this luscious? I applied the wax in a random abstract pattern.
It’s a clean-the-brush cloth that I screened over with Lumiere and Textile paints by Jacquard. It’s very impressionistic. Now put it with this aqua blue hand dye…
Yummm….I think I would wear clothes in these colors. When I got out my 3-In-1 color tool, I found that the scarlet red color is the complement of the aqua blue. No wonder I like it.
I have also been dabbling with breakdown printing. I will post some pictures later.