First of all, I will tell you that the quilts on display at Quilt National are a wonderful feast for the eyes. Totally and thoroughly enjoyed them. No photos allowed so I guess you’ll have to buy the catalog or wait for the artists to publish their work.
And then I took a workshop from Margarita Korioth. She has been talking about her INC (Infused Newsprint Cloth) for a little while on her blog and I was totally intrigued with it. So much so that I coughed up real money to learn from her. (In case you don’t know, I’m pretty cheap when it comes to that kind of stuff!)
You never know what you are going to get in a workshop, but I had high hopes…and I was not disappointed. I learned the technique, which is proprietary and I will not share it. But I learned soooooo much more!
Newsprint is infused into the fabric and then it is ready to be used as any other fabric. Wash, dry, stitch, with images from newspapers. I am still amazed.
We learned how to make screens that are perfect for the products used, inexpensive and easy to make. We had 3 in our packets and made 2 more.
Doesn’t look like much, yet for 2 days work, right? Well………..we worked…and worked…and worked!
You know how impressed I am by watching paint dry? I am even more impressed by waiting for newsprint to dry! But whenever we had to wait for one part of the process, we could learn another part. My legs are so tired, all I want to do is actually sit down and put my feet up–for about 3 days!
Wet part, dry part, newspaper and paint. Here are some pics of some of the things we did.
My final little pile, spread out over the table.
I am going to have so much fun finishing these——yes, I know–unheard of to finish something started in a workshop!!! But this is gonna happen and there will be lots more. Sandy shared some extra Chinese language newspapers with us and I can’t wait to infuse those. So much more graphically interesting than the regular English words we know.
And here’s a shout out to the Dairy Barn staff. I asked if we could still walk through the gallery before we went home, but it had been closed and alarmed already. However, since there is still a workshop going on, they said they could allow me in tomorrow. Way beyond expectations! Thanks to all involved in making my adventure so positive.