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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Playing with Solar Fast

Saturday I  met up with Nancy and Beth for a day playing with both Solar Fast and Inkodye (which is a product discontinued but JoAnn's or Michael's still have some in stock!).  I've used Solar Fast before and enjoy the results and today we even played with screen printing using thickened Solar Fast using a thickener I purchased.  You can order Solar Fast at Dharma Trading and other online stores.

I'm starting off with my results first!  Next post will show Nancy and Beth's work!





Our work 'cooking' on the driveway!








Nancy has a drying rack that works perfect for holding our pieces after they were rinsed out.




This was one of my pieces.  I painted on yellow first, then blue, then laid some stencils, which were held down with a piece of glass.

This was Sepia paint with some blueprint film on top
I mixed some thickener with Solar Fast paint and screen printed these leaves







Yellow on top of some Sepia and again stencil laid on top.











I was given this screen with written words on it by my friend, Mary, back in Michigan.  Thanks, Mary!!!

This was black thickened Solar Fast I screen printed onto white fabric.  I love this for a background  piece!

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Red and blue Solar Fast with different stencils laid on top.  Again, held down with glass.















This was a piece I had screen printed but didn't get much color with....so I painted on more yellow, purple and violet Solar Fast, laid different stencils, held with glass.




The next posts will show results from Nancy and Beth as well as some show and tell from our meeting! 

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Sister Time

Last week I paid a visit to my sister who lives in Apollo Beach, which is under two hours from us!  It was a great visit....lots of laughs and I'm so glad we are able to at least see each other during the winter since they live full time in Florida now.

In the afternoon, after she made grilled cheese and homemade tomato basil soup!, we sat for quite sometime looking up different yarns for her to make another scarf.  She used the same pattern as I did for for my 'scarf from H_LL'...ha...hers turned out great and she sent it off to her DIL!  Anyway, we had fun just sitting and chatting and laughing, of course!!  MaryAnn is a great knitting and crochets lots as well.  That's a technique I've never got the hang of.
On my last visit, I did show MaryAnn how to do Portuguese Knitting on my last visit, and she is now hooked!


Our dinner was at the Italian restaurant we ate at my last visit!  Fantastic!  We had the BEST crab cake appetizer dish!  So busy cutting into one of the crab cakes I forgot to take a picture!  HA

This restaurant is so unique.  You bring your own bottle of wine and glasses...if you don't bring your own glasses, there is a set up fee.  So funny to see everyone coming in with their glasses and bottle or two of wine!

But it's the food that's wonderful!!!   I had a lemon chicken dish that I had last time!  The servings are huge so I brought home my leftovers and put in the freezer for Bob and I this weekend.  The picture doesn't do the dish justice...it has artichokes and broccoli in a lemon sauce...yum!



And they put out a huge plate of veggies that are wonderful along with a platter of pasta!

After we got home, MaryAnn and I just sat in the living room talking about the 'old days'.  Bob said that's all we ever do and I guess he's right.  Butt it is always good to talk about some of the old days....some are sad but there are some great, funny times as well.

I wanted to take a picture of the two of us but I fell along side of my sister right into her shoulder that was just operated on!  Good sport she is, she kept laughing!





I also have to share two more pictures...of a bird none the less.  My sisters former neighbors are a wonderful couple.  They used to live next door to my sisters former home in Apollo Beach...actually, they are jut across the pond from where my sister lives now.  Anyway, we stopped by to say hi to Norma and Steve.  They are delightful folks and they have an African Gray bird!  So you know I'd be at their house to say hi to all three of them!  Oh, they also have an adorable dog too!  No pic of her!  But here's the bird...she is so cool...really make me miss Gracie! 






























If you have a sister, do cherish her and if you don't, I hope you can share in our laughter!


Thursday, April 19, 2018

Bleeding Tissue Paper

I thought I had published more pics from our day of playing with bleeding tissue paper but I  must have put it on our own blog vs mine.  So here is what we did last month in our little art group.  We're meeting Friday so I'll post the results next week!  Enjoy!

We  met at Beth's with her demonstrating using bleeding tissue paper on fabric and watercolor paper!  I think we got some good results.

These are from class Nancy took a few years ago...good info!



Beth layering tissue paper

Soda ash water applied via spray/dropper/brush

Robbie's tissue on fabric

Nancy cutting tissue on fabric

Kathy's landscape

Kathy's landscape after she applied water!

Robbie's fabric covered

Same fabric but addition of commercial fabric laid on top

Beth's printed piece she didn't like...bet it's one of her favorites now!

Kathy's vase...I mean tree...I mean cat!!  We can't decide!

Beth layering tissue on watercolor paper

water applied...cool piece

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Dye Dog Rescue

I posted about how this piece started out so if you're interested you can read that post here.  This was the fabric that started this project.  The 'dog' came out to play!!!  The colors are really not true on the first two pics but you get the idea!







I happen to have had some leftover dye from doing some screen printing...and lucky that because it was a mix of different dyes the end result was more of a dark Burgundy color!  So I used it to screen print using a thermofax screen I had.  This screen is from a blueprint my friends father had made years and years ago.  I had several of his blueprints transferred to a thermofax screen.


Once I did that I now had to decide what to do with the printed fabric!  Cut it up!  Isn't that what we do with fabric we print!  HA


I wanted to use at least some of the full pattern of the blueprint but it was hard to cut around them, hence, some of the designs aren't full pattern...but that's ok.












Now to decide what to place in between the original row of the blueprint....yellow of course!   I couldn't decide and I was trying to use fabric I had at the house without buying more.  Well, it looked good on the color wheel!  And I wanted to do some traditional pattern so flying geese was the choice...although, mine ended up not flying!

And for you with good eyes, yes, that is my dog laying at the top of the piece!









This was me playing around with the layout of the 'geese'!





















I finally decided on this layout!

Next up, I sandwiched the piece and stitched all the straight seams.  When I hand stitch I use a small hoop so I need to make sure the piece is as secure as it can be so the stitching doesn't distort.








And now the fun begins!  I love this part!!!




This is my progress so far.  I go from small circles to large circles...I get bored stitching the same thing!  HA







Hand stitching is one of my loves next to bead embroidery.  There is a lot of stitching that will be done on this bugger but it will keep me busy (my  machine and sewing items are already packed up!).  It's great to work on in the evenings while listening to the TV...you kinda miss some things but that's what the rewind is for on the remote!

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Dye Dogs

I've shown some sneak peaks of my latest project.  Now to give the story behind it!  This is the fabric that started it all.  Colors aren't true but close enough....

Most of you are familiar with the work of Kay Sorensen (Quilts+ Color) as well as her recent exhibit, 'Florida Ice', which is on display downtown Ocala, Fl.   Well, even this master of creating fabulous fabrics will have some pieces that just aren't up to her standards.   Thank goodness for us...at least for  Beth and I!  Kay bequeathed us each a 'dye dog' (that's Kay's term for fabric that wasn't up to par!) to do something with it.  No rules...just play!  And play we did. This is both our pieces together!

We met for lunch yesterday to show Kay what we had created with her fabric!  TaDa....this is Beth's handiwork!  I love it!!  As I said the colors in the fabric pic above aren't quite true and this is evident in Beth's piece.  Lovely!!!!

For her flowers, she used fabric that was dyed with bleeding tissue paper!  We had a play date last month (blog post here) at Beth's, along with Nancy and Kathy dyeing fabric from tissue paper.  I'll be showing a post  this week on that day on some of the results.  Until then, check out Beth's flower colors!!!  They are beautiful...and she did a great job on the composition for the piece!


And up next, my project....I'll be doing another post on how I ended up creating this...until then.....the areas not quilted look very wrinkled because I squish it to put in a hoop to do my hand stitching.


I love hand work and have lots of stitching left on this piece but I'm very happy with it so far. I think Kay was also a bit surprised at what her proteges created!

  Also, I was fortunate to receive a piece of Kay's art work for taking pictures at her opening reception!   How lucky am I!   Check it out!!!  It's the positive and negative Kay quilted and put into a dual frame!


Thanks for the challenge and your artwork, Kay!!!