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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Galleribba, Textile Art Mag

Exciting News !  Textile Art  Magazine has featured an article regarding a wonderful international small art web site  by Meta, called Galleribba. I am delighted to be a part of this group.  My little Zentangle bird can be seen in the last row of the collage. Yes, all the art you see is small and for sale. Just have to contact the artist listed..

I have met so many wonderful artists that are all over the world, with amazing ideas that are expressed in their colorful art.

 One of my blogs tells how I transferred my drawing to Organza and sewed it to  4" X 6" stiff fiber .

 Zentangles is all the rage right now, and so much fun to create the drawings. I must admit a bit addicting.

Enjoy viewing the Textile Art Magazine article.
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Friday, November 23, 2012

Alien ? Power, Spinning

We were recently in the Napa, Calif. area.. more about that some other time.
On the way home we took a different route which brought us by these "wind mills"
Yes, there was a wind, so that is a very good place for them.. but there was also something eerie about them.  They silently spun, in a peaceful fashion. But I felt something I could not put my finger on, an energy.

They spun while the earth spun, are we all just spinning around. It was one of those moments that one realizes for some reason how short our span is here.. So what we do really matter, or are we just spinning our wheels? Perhaps we should all calm down, que sera etc.

It brought back the a moment when I was in Bath, England and  knew that there were thousands of people that had trod right under where I was sitting on the grass in a park. Happy, sad people, fighting, loving, all the emotions of the moment..

For me thankfully, I don't bury myself in the what if's, it is important to live your life in the moment, be happy, be kind and enjoy each other.

PS,,, I was not driving, so I could look out in wonder and take photos.
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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Fresno Flats- Laramore House- Thankful !

If you are ever traveling to Yosemite, you could stop in Oakhurst and visit the Fresno Flats Historical Village. It is not on the main, Highway 41, but there are easy directions to it.

Our P.E.O Chapter had a tour of several of the buildings.
I am sorry I did not take photos of the exterior of the Laramore House. It is a very impressionable house, painted a pale yellow.

What I did want to show you is the laundry room?  I feel so blessed that I don't have to iron clothes. Just flat fabric of my choice, that my iron is light and plugs into the wall.

Look at all that lace and ruffling, and no air conditioning in the summer.

One plus for this house, they did have a water pump on the porch.. a real luxury.

The Historical Village is an interesting stop with many buildings and the history of how this area was settled.   Also a great place to picnic..

What are you Thankful for on this Thanksgiving Holiday Week-end.. I could list so many things, as I am sure you can also.. Remember to hug everyone with Love.
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Sunday, November 18, 2012

Clever idea, , Morro Bay,

Not ready to post about our beach retreat yet.. have to sort the photos. But I was delighted with this idea. I have a collection of the small scissors.  You know the kind that when you walk into the Quilt Store and they have a new design..  I have cats, angels, stripes etc.. This wild animal design called to me  in Morro Bay at The Cotton Ball. We had heard a rumor that they were closed...

 Not True!  But they do have a new owner, Lori. Still stocked to the hilt and great because I found the blue Hoffman fabric that I was looking for and this clever idea.. They carry knit supplies also. The end covers are the ones that are used to put on knitting needles... How great is that!

No more poking though bags when packing the scissors, and with both those fabrics, I might get a UFO completed!  At best the top finished. Spotted fabric is from our stop at Quilters Cupboard in Atascadero. Another great stop on our travels.

Don't you just love it when something has a dual purpose!
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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

More Ice Dyeing

Had to share a few more pieces of Ice Dyeing with Procion dyes.
Orange-ish piece is with two colors and folded, you can see the lines.

This piece was with Better Black and Khaki. This looks like flowers and a water color painting.

I have forgotten which colors I used, but I only used two.. As you can see this is the back of a white on white fabric of tiny flowers.. it gives a texture to the back but still the "painted" side has some color.

Do you have some innovative ideas to share?
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Monday, November 12, 2012

Dyeing with Ice

We had another wonderful Fabric Dyeing Class at my outside studio.

The weather agreed and was perfect.
I have looked at some of the other blogs that show the dyeing with Ice, and wondered
about what happens when all the colors leak together - BROWN at best.

So I went to the $-dollar store and bought some colanders.
Worked well for my purpose... Here is how the red came out.  I did add a bit of black, when the ice had started to melt... I left it in the colander till the next day.
It sat perfectly over a bucket, and the drips gathered there.. Could even be done in the studio when the weather is not the best.
While writing this, I had another idea... what if I were to put another piece of fabric in the bucket as the drips and dye came from the colander, wonder what that would look like.. and could do two different pieces at the same time..
Put that on the try list!  or maybe will do it now and see how that turns out!

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Friday, November 9, 2012

Fabric dyeing Day

Darryl in his new duds.  Darryl is the son of my friend Nancy. They both came to the last fabric dyeing class.. and had some ideas of what they were going to work on. Since Nancy has worked with fabric dyeing many times, and I had some new gals in the class, I did not pay much attention, other than to suggest some new methods..

Darryl took off on his own.  First he soaked in Soda Ash, then painted on some dye colors. Let the shirt dry and took some leaves and painted around them as you might with a stencil.  It came out great! You can see the design of the leaves scattered around the shirt.


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Sunday, November 4, 2012

Fabric dyeing class and experimenting.

We had another class on Fabric Dyeing, some advanced and some beginners.
The nice part about mixing both, is that the beginners can see where and what you can do with new ideas

There are no limitations.  Some of the gals let their fabric dry and then added some stamping and spritzing to their already dyed fabrics.

Hanging out to dry.  Perfect sun and a light breeze.

After the ladies and gentleman had left, a few colors were not used up, so I put  soda ash soaked fabric on one of the tables and painted with dyes, and then let it dry.  I used parts of it on a piece I will show later.

I needed, of course, more sky material.. Sky with clouds, one of my favorites.  Good base fabric to keep around.
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