Wednesday, March 22, 2006

More Fabric

Here are the other three fabrics from the dye workshop. It’s hard to tell from these pictures, but there really is a definite difference between them.

fabric 4

fabric 5

This is the pure turquoise one. It came out mostly solid, not mottled like the other two.

fabric 6

For now these will be added into my stash until I find the right project for them.

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

I Did Some Fabric Dyeing

Last Saturday I took a 1 day fabric dyeing workshop using the low-water immersion method in freezer bags taught by Juanita Yeager. This was my first time for dyeing fabrics with this method. It was a small class and Juanita was a fun and very thorough teacher.

I only took these 2 pictures because once we got into the actual mixing of the dyes I was too busy and didn’t want to handle the camera.

We choose two primary colors to use that when mixed would create a third color. We dyed a total of three yards of fabric which we had cut into six pieces. I chose fuchsia and turquoise as my primary colors and dyed a piece of fabric in each of those two colors. Then we mixed these colors to create shades in between and dyed the other pieces.

I let the fabrics batch until about noon today then I went through the rinsing and wash out process. And then there was the drying and ironing process.

It was a cold and cloudy day, so I only took photos of three pieces this afternoon.

I could not get a good photo of this piece for some reason. I tried three times and it just does not show as well as the other two.

fabric 1

fabric 2

I really like how this piece turned out.

fabric 3

This was a very informative class for me. We even had left over dye that we brought home. Mine is in the fridge for now. When the weather warms up, maybe I will attempt to dye some more fabric.

Hopefully tomorrow will be sunny and there will be more light to take pictures of the rest of the fabrics.

Monday, March 06, 2006

I Haven't Disappeared

Wow! It’s been awhile since I’ve posted anything. I can’t believe we are already into March. Not much to blog about. The same old routine stuff has been going on around here mostly. We all have our day to day stuff to contend with going on in our lives and we can relate to others’ situations a lot of the time as it can pretty much be the same as our own.

I have been in the studio off and on working on some things. Speaking of the studio, I got DH to put up a light fixture over my work area so I could work on things at night and be able to see what I am doing.

I started a piece that is on the design wall waiting for me to come back and add that next little something or other to it. I had also slipped back in that mode of not quite having any clear idea of what I wanted to do (I am going to blame this on hormones or lack there of). Any way, a few weeks ago I decided to do something in a different venue that has enabled me to still be creative on a somewhat daily routine. I have been working on another art doll. I made this one a couple of years ago using a pattern from Patti Medaris Culea. Once I had the basic doll made, I then used my own ideas for creating her clothes and hair.

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I decided to crochet her clothes and just made this up as I went along without any pattern or directions. And of course she needed some jewelry. When I was finished I took a good look at her and then gave her the name of “Rainbow: aka the Tattooed Lady”, because I thought she sort of looked like she has tattoos on her arms, which by the way I hate.

I am about half way finished with the new doll. I will post a picture when she is completed, which may be awhile as I am going to redo her head as I am not happy with her face.