Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Saturday, July 26, 2014

jacket

After having the same jacket for a number of years, I wanted a new one so I started looking both in shops as well as online for a new one. The only ones I could find in my size were trench coats in either grey or beige. Hmm not really what I was hooping for. The option which remained was to make one myself. That way I could pick the model and the color I wanted.  Dharma sells a pfd denim and of course procion dyes in every color you want :-)


Garment making is not my hobby, but I know how to do it. I stitched the jacket using a cotton thread and when it was done, I tied balls in it with rubber band. Soaked it into soda ash and put it into a big container. The next step was to put lots and lots of ice cubes in the container as well. No idea how many, but it was the biggest bag they had at the gas station. The next day all the ice cubes had melted and it was time to put the jacket into the washing machine. This is how it turned out.
For colors I had decided upon teal, turquoise and aqua marine - in total 8 oz. By using different colors within the same color range, you can create depth more than when using a single color.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Monday, July 21, 2014

tree

Most of the time I am working on multiple projects. This way I can vary different techniques. For the last 6 weeks I have been working on this tree:


It is grey lutradur with a batting under it. And as you can see on this detail photo it is not my normal technique, but I have been hand embroidering this one.


When it was hanging on the design wall it was easy to add the branches to it, but when that was done I moved it over to the place where I wanted it. It is now glued onto a door in my hall way:


Glueing something on a flat surface is easy, as long as the surface is horizontal. Glueing this tree on a vertical surface was rather difficult :-)

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Circles

Last month I created several pieces of fabric, which will keep me quilting for quite some time :-). With soy wax and a partly cut bristle brush I prepared a screen for printing. For the first fabric I used a blah snow dyed fabric which definately improved with this print. No idea yet what I will do with it.

Another piece of fabric was a long strip. I printed 3 purple circles on it and for the 2nd layer I used a golden metalic fabric paint. It is serendipity that the blue and pink showed up. A surprise I really liked. After the fabric had dried, I gave it a light silver/white colorwash.  I quilted this using - again - circles and this is how it now looks:

Here is a detail:

No idea yet what the title will be. I understand that when people work in series that they number their pieces. Not very original, but much easier than finding a new title every time again :-).

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Friday, July 11, 2014

Discharge

When I discharge a hand dyed piece of fabric, I can estimate the color to which it will discharge - as long as I use pure colors or know which pure colors have been used. With commercial fabric it is always a surprise. This time I ended up with some gorgeous fabric. The fabric was wet and I applied the bleach using a small syringe. Look how it turned out:


On the selvage were mentioned the names Nancy Crow and Kent Avery but an online search for this fabric lead to no results. If you know where this fabric can be bought, please let me know. I would love to have a couple of more yards to play with.
As it is Friday I am linking this post to Nina-Marie Off the Wall Friday