Friday, July 24, 2009

Chuppah and tjap work

Every now and then "stuff happens" but if you are on top of your game, you can fix it! This is a moderately large run on a custom color. I am confident that this mix of dye colors will be close to what she wants.
Into the dye bath it goes. It was a 6 hour recipe and came out very close to what we want but a bit too much on the blue side. I will over dye it with a touch more red so that it is more on the eggplant side. Have to set it aside to try the next project. I will over dye the yardage this morning and only allow it to cure for about 1 hour more. Stay tuned for the results.

My batik students at Quilt University have tried their hands at using the Indonesian printing tools called "Tjaps". I have one and have never used it because I thought it would be too hard; get messed up and never again look as clean and beautiful as it does now; and that it would be too hard. Did I mention that already?
Here is a picture of it, face down, heating in the hot pan of wax.

The first stamp was SO EASY! Look at how beautifully it stamped! The wax is still hot and shiny as you can see. Next- let's see how it registers...

Woah. So easy. I'm having fun with this! It registers well and with only a few shakes over the wax pot, it holds the heat superbly and hardly drips at all.

On about the sixth print, I got a crummy stamp from not pressing well enough.

Easy to fix with some brush work.

Here's how it looked when dyed!

I tried the technique some of my current students are using for the final wax removal that involves simply pouring the boiling water over the ironed out piece to melt the remaining wax. Cool. You guys amaze me. I will be including this technique in the lessons to come as an option.
Dye on and dye hard.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Pictures of the silk shower curtain

Here are two pictures of the habotai silk shower curtain completed and hanging in its home across town. The rod is curved as you can see. The colors are perfect- sea foam green and a very pastel blue combination.

This bathroom is so small that this is the best shot I could get of it with the bamboo flooring.

Looks great. Success!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Sodium Alginate

I painted the body of the dress yesterday.
Today I will flip it over and paint the other side trying my best to keep the lower section as free from slops as possible.
I also did some testing as to the longevity of the dye with thickener once soda ash has been added to the mix.
You're going to love using this stuff.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

More testing of Sodium Alginate

I worked on lessons three and four for the new QU class today. I cut some rough stencils and did some free hand painting on a dress blank. Pictured above are three stencils.
This is a rayon dress that I am testing by first applying a border to the lower edge. Tomorrow I will flip it over and do the other side. Friday I will apply the dye color to the rest of the dress and rinse. Stay tuned.

Last project for today was to test the simple stencils on a denim jacket. Louise- you may want this jacket back when I'm done. If you do just let me know. ;-)
So far, so good. This is going to be a really fun class. I had forgotten how versatile this stuff is and how fun it is to work with so thank you everyone who mentioned it over the last 11 years at QU.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

More testing of Sodium Alginate

I have made great progress testing the new lessons for the next Quilt University class on how to use dye thickeners.

Lesson Three will involve stamping and stenciling projects. Above is the fabric I printed today using wooden stamps. Love it, love it, love it. Easy to do once you get in the groove.

Here is a detail of the printed fabric. Hope you are getting as excited about it as I am to write it up and get it going!

Turned the fabric into a tote bag. Easy! Used the printed fabric for the binding and as an accent and hand dyed the other fabric using the left over dye from the printing process.

So- three lessons down; one more to go. Then the writing begins. It's not going to be hard but there are some fine tuning experiments yet to be done to ward off the "what if" demons that like to sneak up on me via the fertile minds of my QU students. If I don't try all the loop holes, someone else will and I want to be ready for any and everything that comes my way.

Happy dyeing everyone!

Monday, July 6, 2009


I skipped a class on the list to the right. Dyeing Silk is coming up July 18th. In this course we learn to dye silk using many wonderful techniques including painting with silk sizing to keep the dyes in place and how to use home made flour and water resists in the Japanese fashion which you will love. Join us at See you there?

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Critique Group, shower curtain, and dye thickeners

Busy day.

Met with The Critique Group; ate 1.5 donuts; finished the shower curtain and will deliver it next week and take a picture; and messed with the Sodium Alginate. Lesson One is finished. Moving on!

Have a fun July 4th.

See you on Monday.

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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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