Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Tea, Spice, and Natural Dyes on Silk and Cotton Fibers!

My online classes continue at www.academyofquilting.com.

Here are some photos of the work my students have done in this course:

Tea on cotton made into a pillow front

Sampler of spice dyeing attempts on cotton

More tea samples on cotton

Rust stain dyeing on silk made into curtains

Tea stained cotton items

Red onion skins on left, and brown onion skins on right

Blueberry stains on silk using different mordants

Bit of wool experimentation using Easter Eggs dyes

Let me know if you have questions or comments! Would love to have you join us for more dyeing fun. 

Monday, January 16, 2017

Learn to Batik!

Would you like to learn how to Batik? I will teach you how. Here's a link for more information-


Questions? Contact me! Batik is my first love. It could very well be yours as well.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017


I am a terrible blogger. I don't even know if any of my followers are still with me....are you? Please let me know if you are out there in cyberspace by saying hello. If no one says hello, my feelings will not be hurt. I am reaping what I sow which is nothing until now so, okay.

That said, I ran into a problem with my wool roving. My supplier moved away to another state (alas) but will return this year under the ownership of a new California wool mill which is super exciting! Check out their Face Book page: (https://www.facebook.com/valleyoakwoolmill/?ref=nf).  

In the meantime, I have had to find a new source for my roving and I believe I have hit on a terrific product for you! It is from Australia and is 100% combed Merino wool-superfine. It has a diameter of 19.5 microns and is deliciously soft.

Here is a photo of it before dyeing:

I was a bit concerned about the softness- would it be okay for spinners? Compared to my original product, which was Romney wool, this stuff is like whipped cream! The Romney was like a burlap bag....Um...yeah. This new stuff is in a whole different league. I hope my spinners out there will like this because for sure you want some "grip" as you spin....I hope some of you will try it and let me know because I am not a spinner.  I will report back on that.  Felters should be in heaven.

So I presoaked my first 8 ounces of "cloud" wool:

...and dyed it a deep black as you can see...

It took the dyes so well! It was super easy to do and the distribution of color is perfection. A tiny bit of felting happened while in the dye bath but that was easy to fix by gently opening the coils when it dried. 

I also dyed some mottled purple to see how the color dispersed when wanting something other than a solid color....

Super happy with this run too!

Here is a close-up. The absorption of color is perfect and the feel after dyeing is still soft and springy. 

So all in all, I am extremely happy with the results and am pleased to offer you this fine product. The price is higher than the Romney but you are getting a nicer wool.  Another perk is that I can fit three skeins of 8 ounce wool in a box for shipping rather than two so you will save on shipping costs in the USA. 

Undyed, 8 ounces- $20.00
Hand dyed, 8 ounces- $38.00
Custom color runs-8 ounces, starts at $40.00

(I love this goat!)

Happy 2017, everyone.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Come Batik with Me!

Online classes start July 29 at www.academyofquilting.com!

Email me for a supply list! 

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Fabric Painting Course starts Friday!

Would you like to spend five weeks with me online learning how to use Jacquard Fabric Paints on cotton? Classes start this Friday. Each week you will receive a new lesson with opportunities to post your results in our class gallery. Talk with the other students (and of course with me) as we travel along. 

Painting your own fabric opens up many new doors of creativity. No longer will you have to rely on commercial fabric stores to get unique prints and designs! Make them yourself!  No artistic talent or ability is necessary. No really! I will guide you in the journey.

Come with me and see where this goes. I guarantee you will enjoy the ride.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Three Batiks Completed!

Here are the three batiks completed.

Each one measures 27" x 48" and is backed and ready for hanging. 
The sanctuary where they will hang will be projecting the images on a center screen. I do not know where they will put the "hard copies".

What I did NOT show you were the multiple trips to the hardware and fabric stores for more turpentine; didn't have enough wood for the slats; and of course I needed more thread in a specific color.  

I also didn't show you the multiple times I had to assemble and reassemble the stretcher bars. Even though I did all three at once, I took the frames apart two times thinking I was done but then decided to apply more wax or more dye or dry them ON the frames rather than flat....you know how it goes.

It looks so easy and for the most part it is but there are some dynamics that you do not expect and of course "stuff happens" like dumping the dyes all over my shoes, specks of blue dye appearing on the batik because it wasn't stirred well enough....

Thanks for looking everyone.

Next posting will be of them in place in their new home in Texas.

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I am a fiber artist. I am a teacher. I am a Reverend. I teach, I create, I counsel, I listen.

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