Monday, July 27, 2015

Batik Classes On-line at Academy of Quilting


Here is a 2+minute video from lesson one of my on line BATIK classes. Learn the traditional (and not so traditional) techniques of applying wax and colorful dyes to cotton fabric. No artistic "talent" needed! 5 lessons, $50.00. Classes offered through Academy of Quilting ( Registration is now open! See you there?

Thursday, July 23, 2015



In this course, I will will teach you the traditional (and a few not so traditional) methods of the ancient art of batik. We will not be using soy wax but paraffin, bees wax, or a combination of the two along with Procion MX dyes. These five lessons are a combination of two batiking courses I taught at Quilt University. The lessons will encourage you to look at art making, fabric designing, and perhaps life itself in a little bit of a different manner. This could be the springboard you have needed to bring something unique and exciting into your quilting projects. Are you in a creative slump? Try your hand at batiking and see if that doesn’t trigger your brain to bigger and bolder color and designs! - See more at:

Friday, July 17, 2015


Will it ever rain again???? The cost and amount of water we are able to use is putting the squeeze on what we do here BUT rather than up the prices of our hand dyed fabric, we are now including this notice with all hand dyed COTTON orders:
Due to the extreme drought conditions and the high cost of water in the state of California, Fabric Designs is recommending that you prewash your hand dyed fabric before using it in a project.
The fabric has been rinsed three times here in the dye studio but may need more rinsing to eliminate the possibility of back staining of loose dye particles in future washings.
Prewash in cold water by hand or in the machine. No soap is needed. If you do want to use soap, use a bit of shampoo or liquid dish soap, as they are the safest detergents to use. Air or machine dry on low. Be sure to wash colors of the same hue together in the same cycle. Any color that you see coming out in the rinse water is simply excess dye.
Thank you!

How has the drought affected YOU?

Monday, June 15, 2015


I have 12 scarves available, each selling for a $25.00 donation ($50.00 retail value) to Operation iDream ( Each scarf is 12" x 57", with hand rolled edges, and dyed multicolored hues- perfect for accessorizing your wardrobe.
Simply go to Operation iDream's web site and click on "DONATE". Your generous donation will get much needed supplies to Zambia this summer!!!
Let me know when you have made your donation and we'll talk about picking out your scarf.

If shipping is necessary, email me and we will arrange for a separate check to be sent to cover the postage fee.

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Monday, May 18, 2015

Fabric Painting- Online course begins May 29, 2015!

Martha's Shell Finished

If you have ever hit a wall where you think you have lost your mojo, your spark, or your creative magic, you will know that it sometimes takes a new medium, a new technique, or a spurt of inspiration from a completely different or unexpected source to get it going again. Fabric painting may be the springboard you need to snap you out of your creative doldrums, or to open up a whole new set of possibilities and options.

Here is a bit of a forum conversation I had with one of my fabric painting students:

Student: How do I paint the effects of water so it looks like it is underwater?

Marjie: All you have to do for the illusion of being under water is to really thin down a color and brush it lightly over the top of what is already there that is dry. If you want a blue "veil" of color, really thin down the blue. For a grayish blue, add a hint of white and an even teenier smidge of black to the blue and add water. Always test the color on a scrap of fabric before committing yourself. Again, if it looks horrid, wipe it off right away with a damp paper towel and remix a better color. Sometimes the very best solution for the underwater look is to ONLY paint a FEW ripples over the scene and allow the rest to remain open. So often when we look down into water, we can see to the bottom of the pool but the reflections are what we notice. Reflections can be blue (sky), gray (sky), white, or even brightly colored because the reflection is bouncing off of flowers or a plant or what have you; whatever is near the water.

Jan's Underwater Painting on Fabric

No artistic “talent” or experience is needed to take this class. I love those students who feel nervous about drawing or painting. In fact, you are my favorites to teach because I love the excitement that comes from exploring new territory and gaining new confidence. All that is needed is a willingness to try. Come play with fabric paints and color.  Let’s see what new avenues of exploration emerge and what broad new boulevards of potential open up for you!

Kathy's Salmon

Marilyn's Mother in Law, Helen

Suzanne quilted her piece first and then painted it

Five weeks-online $50.00 (US)

Email me if interested in seeing a supply list or go to Academy of Quilting and view the supply list there.

Thanks for looking everyone.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Online Fabric Painting Course-How To Paint Fabric Using Jacquard Textile Paints

One day I needed a particular fabric for a fiber arts project I was working on for an upcoming show.  I could see the fabric in my mind’s eye. I knew the color, the design, and the affect I needed but do you think I could find it in a fabric store? No. I drove to a different city. I drove to San Francisco. I looked in Los Angeles. Nothing was what I needed or even came close to what I wanted. That was how I first began designing my own fabrics. 40+ years later, I am still designing my own silk, cotton and wool fibers and so can you!  

AQ’s Fabric Painting course goes beyond dyeing fabric. It is much more personal than simply making a print on fabric.

In five lessons, we will explore the beautiful possibilities of using Jacquard Textile Paints on cotton. Make a hand painted centerpiece for your quilting or crafting needs.  Learn how to mix color, blend color, paint using washes and layer color to make one of a kind art fabrics that can be embellished or used as is. 

This is going to be an exciting class with many opportunities for sharing ideas, making discoveries, and taking some artistic chances.  

This class may be the springboard you have needed to make your quilts more exciting, your crafts more interesting or to just snap you out of your creative doldrums.
Fabric Painting is both a process and a project class. It is geared to the beginning fabric painting student, but will also offer challenges to those more experienced in art techniques.  

No artistic “talent” or experience is needed to take this class. I love those students who feel nervous about painting. In fact, you are my favorites to teach because I love the excitement that comes from exploring new territory. All that is needed is a willingness to try. It’s all good.

Here is the link to register for the online course at the Academy of Quilting: 5 lessons/$50.00 (US)


Thursday, April 2, 2015

Lavender Farms

This lavender farm is one of the most magical places on the face of the earth. We discovered it by accident while driving around the Mt Shasta, California area a few years ago. The panoramic views are spectacular. The place resets my calm and restful button!

While lavender is one of the most powerful essential oils, it makes a wimpy natural dye.  The color on silk, cotton, or wool is the same as tea.  My thoughts about it are, why waste the blossoms and your time making beiges and browns when you can throw a few tea bags in the water and have the same results in way less time?

Many times, we just have to try things to know for sure if they produce good color. Other disappointments include Zinnia blossoms and pink geraniums. On the other hand, grand surprises include black hollyhocks, blackberries, cactus fruit (prickly pear) and raspberries. 
What have you planted this year in your dye garden?

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

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