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Life In August

I’m such a slacker on this blog!  I really didn’t have much of anything interesting to report.  I have been getting ready to teach and vend, so have not been making any art, that’s for sure.  I have some new products to sell and the class I taught last weekend was machine quilting.  What’s there to say about that?

I do have a sample that I quilted with my Featherweight machine.  That might be interesting to see.

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A complaint I have about stitching this way on the Featherweight, and it may be a problem unique only to mine and not to other machines, is that when the needle goes down in the hole a second time, a pretty noticeable knot appears (at least with black thread on white cloth).  But I made the sample to show my class that it is possible to do this on a Featherweight.

I love Kathy Sandbach’s books on machine quilting.  The one I used for the class was Show Me How To Machine Quilt.  She has developed a method of creating unique continuous line designs in stitch for quilts with diagrams showing how to start and continue. It’s a great book especially if you are looking to go beyond stippling and other filler designs. I have some left over from the class.  They are $16.95 plus shipping.  They are not up on the website yet.

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Another piece of news:  I now have Rayna Gillman’s book for sale on my website!  See here.

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Well, I guess that’s all for today…hopefully it won’t be so long between posts this time!

Today’s Work…

Well, I claimed on Facebook that I was going to paint sunset fabric today…but this morning I got caught up in the whole idea of making some beaded zipper decorations to jazz up my little bags, so….

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I have enough variety of colors of beads that I can create each fob to match the bag.  How fun is that?

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I like the little polka dot bead…goes perfect on that bag!

These bags are for sale.  Some of them are made with deconstructed screen prints and some are hand dyed, stamped and painted cloth.  They are then layered with batting and stitched before being made into zippered bags.  The larger ones from the deconstructed prints are 7″ x 5″ (cosmetic bag size) and are $27.  The smaller ones are 5″ x 4″ and are $23. I know I haven’t put pictures up of all of them and I don’t have them listed on etsy yet.  If anyone is interested, email me and I will send you a picture.

More This ‘N That

Does anyone else wake up in the morning with so many choices before you that you find it hard to choose your direction for the day?!  Some days that’s how I feel as I prepare for shows, classes, etc. And then there’s the things I would like to work on “just for fun”. I find it hard finding time for those…

I made another Runaround bag…it makes up so fast and easy.  This one is made with discharge dyed black cotton with another piece of my cloth and then adorned with  leftover chocolate button trim from Moda.

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A piece of black cotton sateen discharge dyed in circles. I left the dishwashing gel on it for a long time, so it bleached out quite a bit.

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And lastly, some small bags I have been making using deconstructed screen prints.  The prints are just the right size, and after layering and stitching them,  they make a cute makeup bag.

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This ‘N That…

I can’t believe it’s been nine days since I blogged here!  First I have to go out and take a walk.  The weather has cooled off considerably and this is a great morning for walking.  The intense heat finally broke here yesterday.  It was much cooler when I came out of church yesterday.  88 degrees actually felt good compared to what we have been having.  Be back later.

What have I been working on? Last week I needed to get photography done for an entry that was to be in by June 30.  Application had to be filled out, etc.  This is for the Mid-States Exhibition that is held every year at the museum in Evansville.  I have only entered once and didn’t get in, but this year I felt I had something that might get accepted. But who knows?  The previous year that I entered, I was beat out by a nylon stocking with rocks or something in it that really looked like a bull’s testicle.  It was supposed to be some sort of  “necklace”.

Here’s some stitching I did on a deconstructed print…I am thinking of making some small bags with these prints.

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I got out my Featherweight machine to do this with because I want to demo free form stitching with a Featherweight for an upcoming class.  These machines can be a little touchy.  I couldn’t get it to stitch in free form mode because the needle was in backwards.  But once I figured out that’s why it wouldn’t stitch, all was well!

I loaded some new little bundles of fabric to my etsy shop and someone picked one of them up for a treasury.  That’s never happened before and has increased hits to my shop, although not a sale yet.  Keep fingers crossed. I need to keep working the shop, although I get sidetracked in the morning and forget to load pictures.

Piece of fabric I dye painted a couple of weeks ago…not sure where it’s going yet.

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Squeegees

When I started screenprinting, I used credit cards.  They were cheap and always on hand.  Then I  bought a real screen squeegee.  It is an 8 inch one with a rubber edge and a wooden handle.  I like it, but it is a little unwieldy because of size and doesn’t always fit inside every screen.  I can’t imagine using a larger one.  Then I heard about Bondo scrapers.  So off to Auto Zone I went.  Yep, they had them…and this is what they look like.

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Here are my observations:

1. credit cards are too small to get a good grip with your hands,

2. regular squeegees can be a bit bulky to handle, but are large enough to get a good grip with your hands, and

3.  Bondo scrapers are wonderful…they have  a bit of give, they are a good size for your hand…I love them!

More Printed Cloth

Another piece of deconstructed screen printed cloth…I am working on some more…will show later since I may do more to them.  This one was printed with fuchsia and brown, then I painted the yellow dye on in places.

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I am leaving to go to Evansville, IN.  I’ll pick up some art pieces at a couple of places, some shopping, and then to a shopping spree  event tonight where I plan to sell everything I can.

More Breakdown Printing…

Here is a scarf I did last week.  The technique is breakdown printing and the scarf is silk charmeuse, a nice heavy weight to screen on.

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…and a nice closeup of the  textures I love…lots of people commented on it, but no one coughed up the cash!

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This scarf is for sale for $60.

Breakdown Printing…

I got to do some serious breakdown printing this past week. I will be doing more and sharing it, but here is what I did so far. First, I applied dye paint to my screen. Using the paint I already had mixed up, I made some blue circles with yellow centers and some blue stripes on the ends. Then I painted in yellow to fill out the empty space. It looks green here and may be a bit green because of its proximity to the blue areas.

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Don’t pay any attention to that circular shape you see…that’s just the bucket that the screen is resting on to dry.  It is not part of the screen.

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Paducah…

I’ve been to the AQS quilt show at Paducah, KY this week.  On Tuesday, I drove down and met up with friends from back home.  We hit Hancock’s, then went to Eleanor Burns, then to downtown.  My friends, Betty and Steve Cummings from the Village Mercantile quilt shop in Boonville, IN were vending in the downtown area.  I hung out with them a bit and saw the fiber art show across the street at the Yeiser Art Center.  We spent the night at Drury Inn and Suites which graciously provided us with dinner of pizza and salad, baked potatoes with the trimmings, nacho chips and drinks, as well as breakfast the next morning.  It’s a great place to stay.

Wednesday morning we left for the quilt show.  The one major thing I noticed about the show was the extremely high quality of a lot of the quilts.  I think this year, the competition must have been much stiffer to get in, just because there were so many high quality quilts.  I roamed through the vendors, finally finding the ones I really needed to find (that would be Pro-Chem for dyes).  In the afternoon, I went to the Embellishment Village booth and worked for Greg and Betty Blais, doing Angelina demos.  Met up with my friends for a great Mexican dinner and then found my new “hotel” for the night, staying with a very nice couple for the night.  I then worked again for Embellishment Village on Thursday and came home that night.  I didn’t buy much.  My work for Embellishment Village paid for  a few things I wanted to stock up on for my own booth.  I got some new Botanicals stencils, new Angelina colors, the new Happy Holidays rubbing plates from Cedar Canyon Textiles.  I also stocked up on glitter towers and foiling glue and patterns.

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For myself, I purchased Kerr Grabowski’s dvd on Deconstructed Screen Printing.  After watching it yesterday, I am anxious to get to work!  This morning I am working on printing silk scarves.  It feels good to be getting back in the creative mode!

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Friday This ‘N That

Just a quick post…some pictures from my first attempt at breakdown printing…

Plastic canvas and sequin waste placed beneath the screen. Squeegeed yellow-orange dye across the screen, let dry. Next day, made turquoise dye paste and activated and squeegeed onto cloth. The little dark rusty looking areas are where the orange yellow dye came off the screen. Interesting. Oh, and there was some pink blotches on the fabric when I started, just so you know.

These I screened the yellow orange dye on and then later dye painted with turquoise dye.

Observations:

1. It would be good to have several screens available to use to do this with. I have one at the moment, so I made the design on the screen and had to wait a day til it dried, before I could go on. I will be purchasing more.

2. Putting the textural objects beneath the screen and squeegeeing the dye paste on the inside of the screen worked very well, perhaps better than coating the screen and laying objects in it, at least for me. More exploration is required, but I definitely liked the images I got on the screen by laying the objects beneath it.

3. Some of the fabric had been presoaked in soda ash and dried and some had not. I’m not sure if it made much difference in the colors. The turquoise dye itself was activated on both kinds of cloth. The only reason I had some presoaked is that I had made it for another project. I did not do presoaked specifically for this process.

4. There is more work and mess involved screening with dye than with paint, but I very much like the hand of the cloth with dye. Lovely.