Thursday, September 23, 2010


I've been very busy in the studio, and have two new quilted hangings to display, but can't seem to figure out how to get them onhere. In the past I've always uploaded directly from my camera, however, we very recently upgraded our computer, and I can't do this any more. i was told that I should use the card reader on the new computer--but I can't find it. So I tried to up load from the card reader on my lap top--could find that one--but no luck. So I went into PSE, which will send e-mail, make greeting cards and burn onto a cd or dvd--do everything except mount it on a bill board, evidently. But not up load onto a blog.

This blog is getting less and less of my time. I have to wonder if it has ended it's usefullness. I don't know how many people read it--one or two maybe. If you'll miss me let me know. Leave a comment.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Back in the saddle again

On Monday five of my friends came over for a "Play Day". We painted and dyed and talked and ate and had a marvelous time. I now have three pieces of fabric prepared with a flour resist that has lead to a black "crackle" pattern all over. Two of them had been previously hand dyed, and I plan to submit the third to a low water immersion dyeing. The other previously dyed piece will now get some stamping and stencilling in gold, before some embroidering.

I have several pieces that were coloured with a paint method that involves shaving cream. This results in a swirling pattern. In the past I used shaving cream to create a faux marble effect, but this is quite different. I also came away with a piece of previously hand-dyed fabric that I used as the base of a sun print. I did a couple more today and learned that the top painted layer must be significantly different in colour to create the efffect I wanted. Even if there is a noticeable difference in value, if the hue is too close, the result is just a muted sunprint. Lesson learned.

So now I have several projects lined up---and--hopefully, the energy to deal with them.