I've been working hard getting more work ready for the tour, I hope you will be able to join up and see all the wonderful work from so many talented artists! I'll post more pictures of my work through the week.
Here's some information, if you would like it as a PDF, with all the addresses, just leave a comment or email me!
Don't forget, its next weekend, Nov. 30th and Dec. 1st, 12 noon-4:30. I'll have the apple cider warmed up for you!
I've been busy working towards my first Artist Studio Tour, finishing pieces, quilting, dyeing, mounting work on canvas and much, much more! It has been fun and creative work, but my main problem is that I'm not sure how much work to produce? I'm hoping to sell lots and have some pieces in reserve to put on the walls as others sell.....but how much?
Maybe you can give me some advice!
This is work that I've finished in the last week or so, I'm enjoying mounting them on canvas board, I like the look when they are hanging. What do you think?
So the first piece shows just the base fabric. It was a piece of soy wax resist linen, that I waxed and dyes, then waxed and dyes some more. It took several processes to get the depth of colour I wanted.
Then I traced, fused and cut shapes that echoed the design in the linen. I backed the linen with iron-on fusible interfacing to give it more stability.
Then lots of quilting with multi-coloured poly thread, trimming and mounting on board. I found a good YouTube video for finishing the corners nicely:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ccaNqgje5lY
The next piece I made from fabric I had dyed on a wine bottle (more about that in another blog post) then cut, fused and stitched the cardinal tree and berries.
Finally, I used fabric that I had applied soy wax and dye on a pole, after washing, I screen printed the crows on and quilted bird foot prints.
Like I promised, I've reassessed my Essentials Book List and found a
couple books I wanted to add and a couple that were either dated or had
been replaced by newer or better works. So, print off a copy for handy reference!
the Basics by
Contemporary Quilts, and Creative Quilts by Sandra Meech
Digital Essentials by Gloria Hansen
Thread Work Unraveled by Sarah Ann Smith
Journey to Inspired
Art Quilting by
by Graham Leslie McCallum
The Quilters Book of
by Ann Johnston
Adventures in Design by Joen Wolfrom
Complex Cloth by Jane Dunnewold
Color by Accident and
Color by Design by
Finding Your Own
Visual Language by
Jane Dunnewold w/ Claire Benn and Leslie Morgan
books by Maggie Grey and/or Valerie
by Holly Brackman
Mixed Media Masterclass by Sherril Kahn
Soy Wax Inspirations by Susan Purney Mark (absolutely!)
So, its the first BIG REVEAL today! Are you excited to see all the wonderful fabric that Lynn Krawczyk got from the other bees? I sure am!
First, I'll show you how I made my fabric for Lynn. She had requested:
I'm choosing ORANGE CIRCLES. And for fabric size I'd like a
rectangular shape - 10" x 14" (just under the 144 square inches but I'm
good with it.)About the only thing I don't like color wise is
pastels. I like neutrals (greys, browns, blacks) and strong vibrant
colors. I'm a contrast junkie. And for the record? Light red qualifies
as pink. I do like the 70s color vibe of brown, green, orange, gold. If that horrifies you, though, feel free to flee from it.
I began by dyeing a 1/2 yard of PFD. I used an orange with some bronze in the dye bath:
I sewed the fabric into a tube and put it on a PVC pipe with a rubber band at each end to hold it in place. I painted on some soy wax to keep the orange colour and then painted on an MX dye from Dharma Trading called Caffeine Buzz!
I let that batch and also stamped soy wax circles on another 1/2 yard that I'd dyed. I thought that might be my back up plan! Here are the two fabrics together:
The next step was to use some of my Thermofax screens and print multiple circles on the yardage with black paint:
Finally I screen printed an image of tiny dots within a circle shape in deep mauve. Its a little difficult to see them:
Finally, I put it in an envelope and sent it on its way!
Now, all the "bees" put a little something extra in their packages....... so that maybe you can join in the fun!You could win a 6" square from each of us and have some creative time with our fabrics. Here's what you need to do: Hop on over to Lynn's blog: http://smudgedtextilesstudio.com/blog/ and leave a note for her in the comments section. You can visit our Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/theprintedfabricbeeand get more information and news! Be sure to "like" us....
I've been reading blog and Facebook posts from friends with their prize winning quilts, parties, shopping and general quilt related fun! I admit that I'm rather envious, but I have been busy! Here's some of what I've accomplished: I did some dye painting:
I did some hand stitching:
I taught my Shattered Angles class in beautiful Whistler:
I did some screen printing:
And I started a new piece with some shibori dyed fabric:
Well, gosh, I did get lots done! Maybe Houston next year!
I've spent a few days writing and designing some new workshops and updating my most popular ones. I'm so excited about the choices I can offer my students! You can check them out here:
Or here's a run down of the latest ones:
basic design principles in piecing, applied layers and stitch, students
learn to create dynamic and exciting designs for their quilts and
develop their own visual voice for future explorations. Students begin
by using their chosen ideas and themes and with a variety of small
format exercises each day, working towards developing and creating
resolved pieces. Students will be encouraged to set personal goals and
use a journal/sketchbook for visual record keeping.
A blank piece of paper can be daunting but a sketchbook of colour, design
and texture is so rewarding! Release your inner artist with simple,
easy exercises to get the creative juices flowing. You will play with
paint, paper, glue stick, crayons, markers and more and get ideas and
inspirations for quilt design, new projects and unique ways to see,
document and inspire.
if Henri’s wife had great fabric and fusible web to play with? Design a
unique mosaic-style foundation with painted and dyed fabrics then cut
out shapes for a still life or floral arrangement. Additional interest
can be added with paintsticks, markers and coloured pencils. Explore the
many design options possible with fused collage. Stitch and thread
choices will be discussed.
It's not coffee....its a CD full to the brim with exciting instructions on Thermofax Printing, playing with Angelina, making your own Print Table, using Shiva Paintsticks, carving your own stamps, Gel Medium transfers and much more. Its presented as a PDF document, you can print off all the pages or just what you want to work on. There are over 25 pages of inspiration, tons of photos and clear, detailed instructions for success.
Best of all, is the price, its a great deal at only $5.00. I'm sure you will want to get more than one, after all, December is not too far away, is it? You can order them HERE