Posted in Environment, quilting

Parting is such sweet sorrow …

garage sale rejects… especially when it comes to one’s fabric stash!

Our guild is having its annual garage sale next week so I bravely went through my bins and pulled out fabric I could sell to fellow addicts quilters.  No prizes for guessing what I’ll do with all that money.

After bagging and pricing my pile, these are the ones that upon mature consideration I decided I just am not yet ready to part with.  Actually there’s even a few more because just yesterday I bought Susan Teece’s Roses and Windows pattern and decided to keep some pink and burgundy fabric until I’ve made the roses.  After all it is an annual sale.  Susan did a workshop on this in May but with traveling to Phoenix it wasn’t possible for me to attend.

There’s a rationale of sorts behind my other keep choices in the photo.  The red is what I used to screen print the animal faces and with matching fabric the possibilities of making a jacket are that much easier.

The black and white bears and the green turtles are in honour of my preliterate assistant and partner in creativity.  The green bandana on the right is a Lily Pulitzer Race for the Cure design, and it occurred to me that this might be useful for a workshop Susan Purney Mark is developing for spring.  And the other fabrics suddenly presented more possibilities than I had seen as I pulled them from their bins.

Does anyone else go through these gyrations?  It boggles my mind that I supposedly cleaned out my stash before moving here, sold some to Fabric Traders, and STILL have a pile to go!



Posted in productivity, surface design

Deconstructed Screen Printing Workshop

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Just one of the fabulous fabrics I worked on at the Susan Purney Mark workshop on deconstructed screen printing on Saturday.  This had been previously rolled up with bubble wrap and dyed in a baggie.

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This started life as sunprinting with Setacolor Transparent red and green (well okay, it started life as unbleached cotton, if you wanna be pedantic).  At the last moment before I laid it under the screen, I had the thought to use the “wrong” side of the fabric with slightly lighter shades of the original paint, and I believe it’s more effective because of that.

Susan was gamely teaching this technique to two of us, and other low-immersion dyeing techniques to the other three students.  We were all learning from each other, which is a hallmark of any great learning experience (and so much discouraged in formal education, sadly).  Click here to see Susan’s account and photos of us hard at play!

The other student who was taking screen printing used the wrong side of her fabric.  Then she made a round screen with a strong horizontal line, and by making multiple prints achieved a landscape effect.  Riffing from that, I made my round screen with landscape in mind.  However, looking at it you would never guess:

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I’m appealing for help here, folks: What are they? I can’t NOT see faces here, but which critter?

For some reason Saturday was mostly a red day for me, but I did a couple of non-red pieces:
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This is a screen print using soy wax as the resist medium. I’m pleased with the way the turquoise and peach combined. This piece is coming dangerously close to “too beautiful to ever cut or sew.” However Spoonflower provides a way to preserve these designs so that there could always be more.  Will post more later about Spoonflower.

By the way, the colour used in the workshop was Procion dyes thickened with sodium alginate.

Posted in creativity, productivity

Announcement ~ Open Studio Coming Up!

I was inspired by visiting Quilting Arts Virtual Studios Tour to challenge myself to also open my studio to the blogosphere.  Several participants said the tour forced them to tidy up and get more organized, and that has to be a Good Thing, right?

So, no pix as yet, but stay tuned for Saturday, October 24 when All Will Be Revealed.  Also a small giveaway will start at the same time to add to the fun.

Hmmm, now it’s announced I better set to and tidy up.  Also I have peel and stick monkeys on the outside of the door, which have become invisible to me, but recent dinner guests thought that it was the bathroom door, LOL!

Last week worked for 34 hours but a lot of it was editing rather than art or fibre, to the point where I almost felt poisoned with increasingly dramatic nightmares.  But I worked on the baby quilt challenge on Friday and did deconstructed screen printing with Susan Purney Mark on Saturday and that has started to redress the balance somewhat.

Posted in surface design

Deconstructed Paisley

Although I’ve collected paisley fabs and often used them in quilts, I found I was somehow bored with some that have been in the collection for a long time, and they were among the fabrics I donated before my move, and traded at Fabric Traders in Sidney.

However right before the silk screening class with Susan Purney Mark, I bought a shower curtain with giant paisleys on it. I’m only sorry I had someone else do the hard labour of climbing up and hanging it before it occurred to me to pop it on the scanner.

I was particularly interested in the way several motifs meet, and based on that sketch I made this screen and printed it on pole-wrapped shibori from Susan’s Colour Seduction workshop back in October. Of course this is the NEGATIVE space between the paisleys.

THOUGHT: Has anyone ever made a fabric really exploiting this? Wish I had signed up for Lily Kerns’ QuiltU class on using PhotoShop on fabric. Oh well, (1) we don’t have PhotoShop and (2) I am starting Filament Fantasy on Friday and that will keep me out of the bingo halls (as if!) and probably make more of a difference to my work.

And speaking of work, my hours are as follows:
through Jan 25: 33 hours
Feb 1: 34 hours
Feb 8: 28 hours
Feb 15: 37 hours
Feb 22: 40 hours

Posted in surface design

Screenprinting Workshop

Yesterday I took Susan Purney Mark’s silk screening workshop at Satin Moon.

This was fascinating and a good start.

Things that surprised me:

How much paint it takes!

And that it takes longer than I expected it to.

In fairness I suspect that with practice and planning things would go faster. We had a lot of fun playing around and experimenting.

The photo above shows a piece of pole wrapped shibori (made in Susan’s Colour Seduction workshop in the fall) screen printed with a repeated motif inspired by the negative spaces in large paisley patterns.

Posted in surface design

What I did on my day off

… apart from cutting loose by setting the ironing board up in the living room and getting out an end table so I could sit in my favourite Poang chair by the window and enjoy snack and reading breaks …

This is a 24 by 24 set of colour mixing samples, in preparation for the silk screening workshop this weekend. I have 24 pots of paint suitable for silkscreening on fabric, viz. Setacolor opaque and shimmer, and Lumiere. The table is supposed to show what happens if you mix each colour with every other colour. It takes longer to do than I expected, so I still have the 24 paint pots lined up in order on my window sill with a note on masking tape warning everyone not to mess with the order!

Not sure how effective it will be because the Setacolor opaque particularly tends to cover the colour underneath instead of blending with it. However blending all those colors would take even longer and be messier and use up a lot more paint. The Lumiere in particular are in tiny bottles. Once they are used up I plan to buy bigger pots, I can just see running out while silkscreening!

In any case the shimmery colours may not be the best on t-shirts, except I’ve just remembered a sleep top that would look perfect with something or other screened onto it, and that could be shimmery!

Practicing with the x-acto knife just now I cut a zigzag-arat.