Had a marvelous time at the class I took this weekend on creating fabric. Started out with blank white fabric and ended up with printed magic.
Of course, not everything we print is awesome, but the fun comes from the playing and making!
And the magic with this class is that we learned so many different ways to put the paint on the fabric. It was so full of information that we didn’t even have time to try everything, but that info is filed away in my brain for future reference!
My buddy Carol created fabric in different classes all weekend and as I came and went, I admired a piece that she made. The little devil slipped it into my bag and I discovered it when I got home. What a sweetheart and now I get to have it and use it!
My fabrics were truly experiments in using different tools and I certainly will be working into some of them with more ideas. I also think there may be some cutting into smaller pieces and collage work using these.
Our instructor has an unbelievable collection of stamping items that she has collected and used over the years. And now there is nothing safe and we can’t ever throw anything away, because it might be good for printing someday!!
The only saving grace right now is that I have to order some supplies!
…and I’m done in! Lots of fun and great classes–so much wonderful information! It all started on Thursday, with set up of the hospitality room.
Teaching on Friday, and Patrice getting goofy early in the day!
We really did get some dyeing done…
And the hardest part is waiting for the dye to process before we can see how it turns out!
Chatter and laughter at lunch, as well as door prizes! Hooray!
And there are three days of this! If I stopped to take pictures of everything, I wouldn’t have had time to go to class.
Lots of people put in a lot of hard work to make this successful and I’m truly grateful for all that they did. But right this very moment, all I can think about is putting my feet up and doing nothing!
Ooooops! Only 1 day of that and I’m off to Blue Lake. Guess I’d better get packing…
The fabric store won again! I wanted just a bit more fabric for my new little squares idea. Lucky for me, I found what I needed, though it was from a different bolt. That works in my favor for this project. I also found a few more of the prints I like for this project.
However, I accidentally found some fabric that goes wonderfully with the hand dyed fabric I showed you the other day. I don’t often find commercial fabric that works so well with hand dyes.
Hand dyes–top and right. Commercial–bottom left. How could I possibly pass it by? I did NOT have to buy the rest of the bolt, but there really wasn’t much there…really…really!
I have an idea percolating.
There are about 87 million choices…
It’s amazing how many of my fabrics can go together. I have always said that we tend to work in the same colorways. It seems as though I have a huge collection of things that contain turquoise!
And for the next two weeks I will not be able to work on this…perhaps I can narrow down some of those 87 million choices while I wait!
I am definitely behind on my Weekly Special goals. I have finished several other items, but that’s not a good excuse. The whole point of the Weekly Specials is to always have something at hand to work on. Something to pick up and stitch instead of looking at facebook or other people’s blogs, or playing solitaire! There are a lot of ways to get time-sucked and I had planned on mine being with stitching.
Stiffening my resolve, I have to get back on the right track. I stocked up on 12 x 12 canvases for mounting…okay, because I had a coupon, not because I was dedicated to the work!
There actually is a pile of stuff ready for me to grab and work on, but a lot of it is a repeat of what I’ve already done. Do you remember several maple leaves in my recent past? Yeah–like that. I wanted something a bit fresher, so I dug a bit deeper and came up with this.
All it needed was a bit of quilting and some beading. I’m still trying to be a bit more subtle with the beads, so you can barely see them unless you get close.
Now the question becomes–is it enough? Do I really want subtle or should I go totally overboard?
If I spend too many hours on any one project, it suddenly wants to become too “precious” to sell for my usual price. Where to stop?
And, you know, these are not master works of art! They are meant to be little pretties, sparkly–color accents or smile-makers. I think I’ll call it good and find something else to work on.
Weekly Specials, remember? Now, how far behind am I…