Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Which Comes First the Fabric or the Idea?

Here's my question- do you first of all have an idea and then seek out the fabric to use, or do you see the fabric first and then the idea comes to you?

What would you do with these gradations?




Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Uses for Hand Dyed Silk, and Cotton Flannel!

One of the many diverse products made using hand dyed silk from Fabric Designs.com can be seen above.

Deborah Kordecki's web site is called www.colorsofpraise.com. She makes "worship tools" like this beautiful piece. Check it out!

Something else I want to show you is some custom fabric I made for a woman who was making a flannel baby quilt. She was desperate to find peach colored cotton flannel. Not knowing if I did this kind of thing, she simply asked me and I dug around with my sources and found undyed cotton flannel and was able to match her sample perfectly. 

So often doors open for us simply by asking. Speak up! What's the worst that could happen? They say no and you're back to square one? What's the best that could happen? (See below).



Thanks for looking everyone! Let me know if there are things you would like to see on this blog. 

I am still working in my spare time on three large painted panels for The Fat Cat Cafe here in Woodland, CA. I need to buy new brushes to motivate myself to finish them!

Love.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Weighting Silk Video



I posted another video on YouTube regarding a problem I was having with gravity. Rather than fighting against it, I learned how to go WITH it.

In the picture above, you can see the sagging hem at the bottom of this monoprint on silk. It's actually worse than that as you will see in the video.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5UPmjDhmgtY

Let me know what you think. Any other ideas on how to deal with this?

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Dyeing Longer Runs of Silk




(Hanging my head in shame)...I know, I know, I know....I'm a terrible blogger. I wish I could say it will never happen again but it probably will so...I'm sorry if you kept coming here expecting something-anything to change.  I've been in a slump. Now I'm back.

That said, I made a new video for the Fabric Designs channel on YouTube. It is a demonstration of how I dye longer runs of silk. Here is the link:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UztR3-g2SB4

I WILL be making a video of bloopers soon as they happen EVERY time I try to make one. The shot of me running the silk through the mangle has about 10 takes with me shouting in all of them as the silk gets all "mangled" up as I try to film it one handed. I eventually just selected a shot and took the audio off and dubbed over it. :-)

If you have any ideas of things you would like to see in video form, let me know. 

My next video, after the blooper film, will be tea dyeing wool. 

Thanks for your patience and thank you for looking.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

What to do with Bloopers?

As I close 2013, I am cleaning off my shelves and digging out from under the year's worth of fabric that was thrown aside or crammed somewhere/anywhere to get on with what was next. 

I have tons of fabric that was experimental, not quite right, misreads of orders, and lots that is just the result of a brain fart; stuff that got away from me for who knows what reason. It is still beautiful and worthy of something other than just sitting in a box.

I had a brief "Etsy" experience long ago and will reopen the store momentarily. If you want some hand dyed cotton for CHEAP, CHEAP, CHEAP, check it out. Silk and wool products will follow as I have the time and desire.

Here are some of the blooper photos which I know happen to you now and then when you do not pay attention to what you are doing. Can you imagine that I once had a customer who requested that I dye her fabric so it HAD these folds and "highlights"? Where is she now, I wonder?





Need some blue cotton? Need some yellow? You know where to find me. It's selling as soon as I get the store cranked up, for $4.00/yard or $1.00 per fat quarter. Once I get the store open, I will post how to locate it quickly and painlessly.



https://www.etsy.com/listing/172781984/8-medium-blue-mottled-fat-quarters-100






Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Lichen Dyeing! New YouTube video~


My latest YouTube video can be seen if you go to: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rNmzYNWe30o&feature=share.

I had heard that lichen made a nice natural dye, so watch the video of how I obtained the beautiful yellow green seen in the picture.

The lichen used to dye the wool, silk, and cotton fibers was sustainably collected from a fallen tree in Mt Shasta, CA. 

My new workbook will also be available on my web site (www.fabricdesigns.com) tomorrow with lessons on how to dye using tea, spices, juices, flowers, rust, and much more.


If you prefer dyeing wool, that will be the next workbook I complete this fall, so watch for it here, on Facebook, and on my web site.

Happy dyeing!

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Hand dyed silk, cotton and wool~any color, any fabric, any way you want it!

Fabric Designs.com has a Facebook page and boards on Pinterest if you are interested in seeing more hand dyed cotton, silk and wool textiles! We even have YouTube videos on various topics relating to fabric dyeing techniques. Look for the Fabric Designs channel and become a follower!

Right now, I am working on three large scale panels for a local cafe. The subject matter is three sleeping cats and will be done in either batik or with textile paints. Watch this blog for photos of the step by step process.

Happy dyeing!


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I am a fiber artist. I am a teacher. I am a pastor. I teach, I create, I counsel, I listen.

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