Saturday, May 31, 2008

catching up

I have not had time to blog this week so this post will be a long one. I am at the moment at my friend's place in Minnesota and we are having so much fun. Of course we had to do shopping - I think I bought around 30 yards of batik fabric and lots of other goodies at JoAnn's and Michaels. But we also played in Kelly's studio.
One of the things we did was sunprinting a really big piece of fabric. I want to make a cover for my duvet with different prints on both sides. In total this piece is 12 yards. On the internet I found some pictures of the Monstera Deliciosa leave of which I made a line drawing. This was enlarged to 25", 30" and 35". The next step was to copy these enlarged prints to the thin foam they sell at the kids craft department at JoAnn's to be used as templates. The fabric was wetted and we used 3 different Setacolor transparent paints on them (pernod green, emerald and cobalt blue). The big pieces of fabric were carried out to the drive way, the templates placed on them with pebbles on top of them to prevent them from blowing away and some rice was sprinkled on top as well. The other piece was crunched a bit and salt was sprinkled.
The pictures here show the different steps. Because of the size of fabric it is not possible to do this on your own. I love how it turned out.

This week we had 2 rainy days which called for some experimenting. Opposite to sunprinting we did rainprinting. On presoaked fabric some Procion dyepowder was sprinkled and the fabric was left outside in the rain. The fabric turned out nice, but not interesting enough to use this technique more often. At least not with only one color of dye powder, multiple colors might be interested.

Another thing we did was use bleach on black Kona. This picture shows the result of bleach

sprayed over cheesecloth which was placed on top of black Kona. I love the result. This piece will probably turn into a wholecloth quilt, but I also bleached a 2,5 yard piece of black Kona to make a jacket.

The following 3 pictures are of works in progress. First picture is of a piece of fabric placed on shaving cream. This is for a swap of our dyeing group. At the moment this fabric is in the washer. I will post pictures when it is done.

The last 2 pictures show several pieces of fabric around rusted metal. We wrapped the fabric around these pieces and sprayed them with vinegar. This is how they look like the next day. I added some more vinegar today. Hopefully they are ready tomorrow.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

not much to show

No pictures today. The last couple of days my time was filled with all kind of errands so I did not have much time to be creative.
Some time ago I showed pictures of the Sun quiltlet I am making for Baker's Dozen. At first I thought I would add either French knots or seed beeds to it, but I decided to leave it like it is now. The sparkling effect this piece now has because of the Angelina, was reduced when I tried the beeds or knots on it. The only thing I did on it, was to add the binding. But that is hardly worth showing a new picture :-)

Sunday, May 18, 2008


With my Surfacing group we are doing a complex cloth round robin. This means that 4 persons work on the same piece of fabric. Every one does something and than sends it to the next person to continue working on it.
This picture shows how Kelly's fabric looks after 3 rounds. This piece of fabric started out as a disappointing snowdyed fabric. Kate used paintstiks with a rubbing plate on it. On her posting of May 5 you can see how the fabric looked before I worked on it. First I mixed a resist from flour with water till it was as thick/thin as pancake mixture. This I applied with a bristle brush on to the fabric. When the fabric was dry I crackled it by crunching and manipulating it. I than pinned it on to an old canvas screen and applied textile paint on it with a brush. Again the piece had to dry. The next day I rinsed it till all the resist was gone, let it dry and heat set it. I'll mail this fabric to Vicky who has to add the final layer to it.

Friday, May 16, 2008


I have not been very active the last couple of days. We had gorgeous weather here - around 25 degrees C (80 degrees F) which means that it is hot in my studio. I took advantage of the sunshine and made a number of sunprints. Here are pictures of some of them:

Most people place objects on the fabric to do sunprinting, but I prefer to wrinckle the fabric and add salt. If you are interested in buying them, I have more of them in different colors, price is euro 4,--, size is fq.

Saturday, May 10, 2008

quilties swap

As you know I participated in Lenna's shades of white quilties swap and this week I received my 4 quilties. Top row left, the beautiful lily is made by Sharon McGreevey. The one next to it has lots of seed beads and tiny handquilted stitched on it and is created by Susanne Wiebe.
Bottom row left is made by Amanda Smith. Her quiltie has different strips of lace, buttons, and handstitches. In the middle is machine stitched the word 'daisies' accompanied by a daisy left and right. And the fourth quilty I got is shown at the right. It is created by Janice Perkin and has lovely lace, ribbon, button and handstitches on it.
Thank you ladies for participating in this swap. I love them!

Tuesday, May 06, 2008


I did not spend much time in my studio the last couple of days but I can show some progress on my Sun quiltlet. The picture on the left shows how it looked after I fused the yellow sun on to the background. On the other picture you can see how it looks after I added the Angelina.
The weather is lovely here so I will do some more sunprinting today.

Saturday, May 03, 2008


I have been working in two ways with the sun. First as the weather was lovely here, I was able to do some sunprinting. This picture shows one of them:

I used several colors of Setacolor transparent and salt. In total I made 8 pieces.

Further the present theme for the Baker's dozen group is: Sun. I had some time today to work on that theme as well. On the picture at the left you see the material I am going to use for this quiltlet (13"x13"). The picture at the right looks how it is after quilting.

Depending on the type of technique I use for a quilt(let) I do the quilting before the applique. This way I can follow the quilting lines without interference of the appliqued pieces.

Friday, May 02, 2008

nested round robin

With my dyeing group we are doing this year a nested round robin. Every month we use a different technique and incorporate our knowledge of the color wheel in it. I was late in doing April so I am showing you now both the additions for April and May.
For April we had to use circles or curves and use a triad of primary colors. This is what I did - the red and yellow strip are fused to the blue background - :
For May the technique was crazy piecing or a simple border and use a triad color harmony with this time secondary colors. This picture shows how it looks now - size is 12"x12":

Thursday, May 01, 2008


With my Surfacing group we are doing a complex cloth round robin. Kate send me a piece of fabric for this (size fq). A fabric which did not turn out to her liking. I did a pole shibori on it using Lumiere gold paint instead of normal dye. The fabric was wet when I wrapped it around the pole. I applied the paint with a foambrush. The next morning when it was dry and I unwrapped it, I saw that there was not enough paint on it to my liking. The fabric was still wrinkled so I applied some extra paint on it again using a foambrush.
This is how it looks now. Two more people will work on it before Kate gets her fabric back.