Thursday, July 26, 2007
This top picture is of the washed fabric that I dyed in the "parfait" fashion. I am happy with how they came out, though next time might use more concentrated dye to get darker colors. This one, believe it or not, is a dyed paper towel! It really looks like fabric. I will use it for mixed media art pieces. The fun thing about paper towels is that they can be sewn like fabric, but also torn, decoupaged, etc and used like paper too.
Another paper towel. This one was wet when I hung it to dry, so the dye started to gravitate down--I like the effect.
Stripey paper towel.
Donna B. mentioned the idea of "wicking" a paper towel roll, so I had to try it! I set a roll of paper towels in a plasic bin, and kept adding a little bit of dye in the bottom of the bin, and let it soak in. It only wicked about 1/4 of the way, so I turned it on its other end, and repeated the process with a different color. Again, it only soaked up about 1/4 of the way, so I cheated and poured the third color directly to the middle of the roll. I let it "soak" overnight, and then unrolled the paper towels on a sheet of plastic to dry outside. This is what they looked like as they came off the roll. So now I have a lifetime supply of orange, blue purple, and magenta paper towels! I want to try it again with some different colors.
Pins 7-11 are smaller--about 1.25 x 1.75 inches.
Saturday, July 21, 2007
The sorting hat says that I belong in Hufflepuff!
Said Hufflepuff, "I'll teach the lot, and treat them just the same."
Hufflepuff students are friendly, fair-minded, modest, and hard-working. A well-known member was Cedric Digory, who represented Hogwarts in the most recent Triwizard Tournament.
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Tuesday, July 17, 2007
The small tree is the leftover cut out from the large leaf. The background is quilted about every 1/8 inch!
This one is a depiction of the desert landscape. There are some hills and mountains between Albuquerque and Santa Fe that this reminds me of. New Mexico is very "brown", but when you look closely you can see all of the different kinds of browns plus shades of reds and greens in the desert plant life that are very beautiful.
I think that the petroglyph one is my favorite. I layered several different beige and tan fabrics, and crazy quilted them. Then appliqued the sheep and added the details with thread painting.
Friday, July 6, 2007
This is a 10 x 10 inch quilt that I did for a "line" exercise for the Collage Compostition group. It is mainly paper collage artists, but I decided to do this one in fabric. I used a variety of fabrics for the background, including cotton, polyester lining fabric, and silk. The stems are torn strips of fabric that I handdyed. Finally got to use some of the colorful buttons that I have been stashing! It is edged with a variegated yarn.