Happy Fall

Various pictures of the season. There’s color inspiration everywhere. The transparency samples are not an autumn colorway, but they are what I’m working with right now. I love seeing how the different backgrounds make the colors change.

True Colors Class by Carol Soderlund

Here’s my first picture from the class I took earlier this month at Pro Chemical & Dye. It shows a series of skinny quarters, each with an increasing number of layers and colors of dye. The last two have the same number of layers, but the top one was folded twice as much. Loved this […]

Testing, testing

Took a photo of my upgraded methods to test for bleeding.1- fold a piece over and iron between white fabricAnd2- throw a white swatch into the hot wash to look for bleeding in the washer

What I did on my . . . sabbatical(?)

Is it a sabbatical if you don’t work in academia? Well, I spent three weeks away from home focusing on surface design, and I got to sell some fabric too. That seems to parallel the idea of a break from the normal routine to take time to study. I’ve taken single week classes before, but […]

Back from the Barn!

Last week I was privileged to attend Carol Soderlund’s  Neutral Territory class at Nancy Crow’s Art Barn retreats. With the work of our fabulous group of 15 artists choreographed by Carol, we came home with hundreds of samples of ways to mix three (or four) colors together. The results include a great palette of blacks, browns, greens, […]

Working and loving it!

Yesterday I spent a lot of time in the studio. I’m dyeing the fabric for a whole-cloth quilt that will go into the teacher’s row at the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival next month. It’s inspired by the work of Alma Thomas, and you can see a study for it in the Painterly Class sample picture below.I […]

New this week

Got the other halves of these two samples in the mail yesterday. They’re for a wedding dress, or gown may be a better term. The upper set is screened, painted and stamped paint, the lower set is dye with the same techniques. In this case wash-fast acid dye; both samples are on silk organza. I […]

Illumination! Colored Discharge Printing with vat dyes and Formosul

The nice weather has allowed some outside discharge work. I pulled some existing fabrics out of the van to work with; I think they have been improved. All three pieces utilized screens made with house paint.First is a piece of muslin that was dyed with turquoise, fuchsia and I think, navy, then stenciled with fabric […]

I’m a guest blogger!

Check out my post on making a stencil-screen at http://purrfectspots.blogspot.com/2014/04/welcome-my-guest-blogger-lisa-reber.html. A detail is below. Thanks!

Sampling PFDs

Thursday, January 2, I got samples of 15 fabrics from Robert Kaufman. I added some other white/PFD fabrics I had on hand and dyed all of them in a single 10% OWG dye bath. the results are above, sorted with the darkest results at the bottom left and worst on the upper right. I have […]