Monday, August 31, 2009
Saturday, August 29, 2009
Friday, August 28, 2009
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Monday, August 24, 2009
I'm back at it again! This time I did some nice blue that I really like and yesterday I used some red dye. I'm asked what I'm going to DO with all of this fabric, well....I will make art quilts of some sort I guess. Right now I'm just enjoying the process and I'm going to try more with resists. I have some ideas twirling around in my head when I look at the wonderful colors and designs so I'm sure I'll come up with something. It's a beautiful Monday, the sun is shining and my lawn won't be mowed yet another day. Too humid!! It will probably be a field by the time it gets done. Froggy came back. I might not have mentioned he seemed to be gone for 2 days. He has gotten very fat so I guess he's finding enough to eat out there.
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Daughter Karen and I left for Cape Cod on Thursday morning. We had a nice visit and returned home on Friday night. I was a beach bum most of the time while there. We went to a National Park Beach that was nothing like I'd ever seen in New England! Words that come to mind when I think back to the Cape: Sand dunes, seals, blue sky, wonderful sea breezes, light house, family fun, large fried shrimp and salt water taffy...Wow!
More pictures from the Cape on my Flickr, lower right of page.
Sunday, August 16, 2009
Saturday, August 15, 2009
Wow, what a hot one today! I had to work this morning but the office is air conditioned so I didn't really mind. I thought I would do some screen printing when I got home, but it's just too hot. I think a better choice right now is watching a movie. Tomorrow we plan to go to a Car Show at Castle In The Clouds. It will be hot but I know they are going to have some beauties there. Here's a picture I took at another car show. I wish I could afford one of my own.
Friday, August 14, 2009
Yesterday I went to the quilt show in Manchester with friend, Kathleen. I wasn't disappointed, the quilts were many and they were fantastic! I took a lot of pictures and I'll post some of them. I was pleased to see the Pro Chemical & Dye Company there as a vendor. I needed more things and this saved me the shipping costs. I'm going to try bleach discharge and soy wax design on fabric so I bought some of those products. Kathleen was drawn to all the bags and purses and happily bought a few patterns. We saw all the quilts and checked out the vendors making it quite a full day. Now I'm excited to get moving and play with more fabric.
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
I've finally taken pictures of the process I use when I dye fabric or do screenprinting.
First the fabric is washed unless it is purchased as "PFD", prepared for dyeing. If I'm doing screenprinting, I will do a soda ash soak of the fabric and hang it to dry. Once dry it's ready to print.
I've been doing "deconstructed screenprinting". To establish a design, I place items under the screen. I like to use bubble wrap but you can use a lot of different things to get an interesting print. I take thickened dye and pull it through the screen. The screen is left to dry, usually overnight.
When the dye covered screen if fully dry, I'm ready to print. I place the dry fabric on top of a protective table cover. I then place my silkscreen frame on top of the fabric. Release paste is placed in the well of the screen and I pull the print. With this process it is possible to print the screen perhaps three or four times depending how quickly the dye releases from the screen. Cover the fabric with plastic, and let it sit overnight before washing. Wash in cold water then rinse in hot water. The colors do fade a bit after washing but I like the subtle differences. Sometimes I'll use two or three colors of dye on the screen. There are no mistakes and I'll use the dyed fabric in some quilt projects. If you plan on trying this, I recommend you check out some books at your local library on Fabric Dyeing or check out sites on the Web. I have added a link (click on title of this post) that I like that was posted by Fibermania called "lazydyer".
Friday, August 7, 2009
Yesterday I did some fabric dyeing and worked out on my deck. I noticed the hummingbirds had arrived so I went and got my Nikon. I had taken several pictures of hummingbirds but was not very satisfied with them. I chose another setting and took a few shots. I'm very pleased with these and I hope you enjoy them. I will be printing some of these for notecards. More pictures to follow of my dyeing and printing experiments on cotton fabric coming in the near future. Stay Tuned.
Sunday, August 2, 2009
We had a good time at the Quilt Documentation held during the quilt show in Wolfeboro. There were many quilts to see and as usual many vendors. I especially enjoyed the exhibit of Antique Quilts that was displayed. Here's a picture of one. I'm hoping to have a photo site linked to this blog soon. Maybe Flickr or something like that. I have several more pictures and would like to post them. We had a successful day of documenting and we are well on our way to working on a book of New Hampshire Antique Quilts.