Saturday, March 21, 2015

Plants For Natural Dyes

Items that make superb natural dyes that you may not have considered include "prickly pear" (the fruit of the cactus plant),

Camellia blossoms, 

Juniper berries,




Dyer's Woad,

Flowers such as zinnias, cosmos, hollyhocks, geraniums, hibiscus, or sunflowers!

Start thinking about what to plant in your garden now for great fun in the dye studio this summer and fall.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

How To Stretch A Canvas

My new video on how to stretch a canvas can be seen on YouTube. Here's the link:

You can use this technique to stretch a painting you have already made, finishing it off for a formal presentation. If you have a needlepoint that would look good as a piece of fine art, you can stretch it the same way. Sometimes misting the piece on the back with warm water to shrink it tight can help any sagging that might occur.

Stretching your art work on bars and then framing can take your art to a new level of professionalism.

If you would like to take my fabric painting course online, watch the roster at The Academy of Quilting ( 

Batik With Trapunto 

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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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