Monday, July 27, 2015
Here is a 2+minute video from lesson one of my on line BATIK classes. Learn the traditional (and not so traditional) techniques of applying wax and colorful dyes to cotton fabric. No artistic "talent" needed! 5 lessons, $50.00. Classes offered through Academy of Quilting (www.academyofquilting.com) Registration is now open! See you there?
Posted by Marjie at 2:22 PM
Thursday, July 23, 2015
ONLINE COURSE OPEN FOR REGISTRATION
In this course, I will will teach you the traditional (and a few not so traditional) methods of the ancient art of batik. We will not be using soy wax but paraffin, bees wax, or a combination of the two along with Procion MX dyes. These five lessons are a combination of two batiking courses I taught at Quilt University. The lessons will encourage you to look at art making, fabric designing, and perhaps life itself in a little bit of a different manner. This could be the springboard you have needed to bring something unique and exciting into your quilting projects. Are you in a creative slump? Try your hand at batiking and see if that doesn’t trigger your brain to bigger and bolder color and designs! - See more at: http://academyofquilting.com/class-schedule-2/online-class-details/?classesID=116#sthash.hNE2mxnO.dpuf
Posted by Marjie at 9:52 AM
Friday, July 17, 2015
CALIFORNIA DROUGHT AFFECTS FABRIC DESIGNS
Will it ever rain again???? The cost and amount of water we are able to use is putting the squeeze on what we do here BUT rather than up the prices of our hand dyed fabric, we are now including this notice with all hand dyed COTTON orders:
Due to the extreme drought conditions and the high cost of water in the state of California, Fabric Designs is recommending that you prewash your hand dyed fabric before using it in a project.
The fabric has been rinsed three times here in the dye studio but may need more rinsing to eliminate the possibility of back staining of loose dye particles in future washings.
Prewash in cold water by hand or in the machine. No soap is needed. If you do want to use soap, use a bit of shampoo or liquid dish soap, as they are the safest detergents to use. Air or machine dry on low. Be sure to wash colors of the same hue together in the same cycle. Any color that you see coming out in the rinse water is simply excess dye.
How has the drought affected YOU?
Posted by Marjie at 8:26 AM
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