Monday, November 24, 2008

New work ready for the December show

"North Wind"
Fabric paint on crepe backed silk satin-charmeuse. Small amount of machine stitching.
"North Wind" detail.

"Ice Storm"

"Ice Storm" detail

"Golden Rain"

"Golden Rain" detail

These three fiber art pieces were done in a short period of time. My goal was to stay loose and not over work the paints.

I lost my composure on "North Wind" but was able to crop the piece and save it from being completely overdone.

The other two pieces are more planned out and more along the lines of what I had hoped would happen.

Special thanks are in order to my critique group. I appreciate their insight in how to close the book on work that is not quite "there". Marjan-better, eh???

I like these pieces. Making them was satisfying and something I want to do more of in the future. I still need more practice holding back and want to continue exercising the power found in restraint.

Next week I will post a picture of the work in the show space. I will also post a picture of the coi fish FINISHED! You can see the progression of the idea in the postings from last month.

Thanks for looking!

Saturday, November 22, 2008

On vacation but still working!

I will be taking the rest of November and all of December off from teaching to finish writing the second Dye Studio Workbook- Intermediate Cotton Dyeing, Portrait and Landscape Colors. It will be ready for sale January 1st, or if you would like to reserve a copy now, that can be arranged. The cost is $45.00 for the 5 week course. It can be taken with the Quilter's Palette class at Quilt University ( or by itself. Quilter's Palette starts February 27th, and Cotton Dyeing Basics starts January 9th.

If you email me, it may take a bit to respond but know that I will. I'm still here but kinda, sorta not here.

Fabric Designs will continue to process fabric orders daily.
Monday I will post pictures of the three fiber art pieces I made last week. I have kicked production into high gear to get ready for a show that opens December 1st here in Woodland. I love deadlines!
Let me know what you are doing and how it's going. I'd love to hear from you! If you are on Facebook, I'm there too! Let's be friends.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Newsletter going out this weekend!

The newsletter that Myrna and I write to keep you informed of what our various studios are doing will be going out this weekend. If you are not on our list of recipients, let us know and we'll email it to you soon! You can contact me at:

I am working on two painted silk pieces for a show that opens in 2 weeks. (I discuss this in more detail in the newsletter.) I am submitting them to help fill wall space and with such short notice, I'm having to work FAST. Here are two detail shots of them which shows you some of the blending work that I am encouraging with the fabric paints and some funky fabric inks that I hated until now! More pictures will follow of their progress.

"The Ice Storm"

"Bunny Flat, Mt Shasta"

Happy arting everyone! Dye on and dye hard.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Lampshades and paint on netting

I've been too busy to make art the last couple of weeks which eventually takes its toll on my psyche. I have had a lot of orders for hand dyed fabric but it's not the same as creating things I want to do when I want to do it. Here is a cool picture of the inside of a lampshade I am painting for a friend. It looks like a flower, doesn't it? The color she wants and needs for her bedroom is kind of a redwood/burnt reddish umber color. I tried dyeing the shade first thinking that it wouldn't work out as well as they actually did but the best coverage came with the paints.

Here they are sitting waiting for another coat of fabric paint. Success.

Meanwhile, the fish have been sitting without inspiration. I tried painting the netting. I have it doubled on itself and the first coat was wimpy. I learned that if I paint the netting while it sits on plastic, the paint will dry giving it more layers of paint on the back of the netting and thereby making a more solid layer of color. I am going to play with that concept some more as trying to get paint to stick to netting is like trying to nail Jello to the wall.

Here is the next layer of paint applied in quite a thick manner over what went before which was thinner brown paint. I wanted it to look like moss and/or dark water. I will let it dry on the plastic and then peel it off and see how that looks on top of the fish painting. I think I am going to have to you-know-what- or get off the pot with this piece. I have to commit to finishing it and I am presuming this will be the top layer I will use. In theory this is what I have been looking for- not too thin and not so thick you lose the detailing of what lies below the surface.
Thanks for looking and sorry that I skipped a week.

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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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