Saturday, October 15, 2016

Shibori Silk Scarves

Today I taught a three hour class at Art Access in downtown Salt Lake City.  
The classroom can be accessed through this beautiful walkway.
I think I would love to live here.

  All set up and ready for the students to arrive!

All 13 students went home with a beautiful Shibori Silk scarf ready to wear. 

I love making these scarves!

Monday, October 3, 2016

Utah Quilt Fest 2016

Last week I had the privilege of teaching two classes at the Utah Quilt Guild's Quilt Fest.  I taught a half day class on carving rubber stamps for fabric design, and a full day Dye Party.  

Getting ready to teach is exhilarating and exhausting.  Lots, and lots of supplies to buy, put together and pack.  Lots of dyes to mix (my glove had a couple holes in it!).

Thinking through each situation to make sure I have everything and then getting it all in to the back of my van.  And then remembering to pack my own clothing, toiletries, medications, and any personal projects to work on after I teach.  Exhausting!!!

BUT the classes are exhilarating! I had so many great students, and the students are really what make the teaching worth while!  These are some of the students from the rubber stamping class.

Our classroom for the Dye Party was in this beautiful atrium because we were next to a door with a hose and places to dump the rinse water.

The quilt on the rack was made by my friend and student, Virginia.  She used all of her hand dyed fabrics from previous dye sessions.  It is a gorgeous quilt!  

 I taught a few Shibori methods, as well as low immersion dyeing, and marbling with shaving cream.  

There was a storm expected but we had perfect weather for dyeing during the morning session.  We used the bushes as our dry rack once the drying rack was full.  

Thankfully a couple ladies stayed for a bit during lunch because the wind picked up and started blowing pieces away!  They were able to get everything in side before the big winds came.

Once the wind stopped, the rained poured and the power went out!  
The entire city went out, and there were trees down all over the place.
We just kept dyeing fabric because we were oblivious.
Having fun can do that to a person.

After class, on the way to the hotel room there was a beautiful rainbow!

Saturday, September 17, 2016

I'm Back!

So, I feel like I have been in hibernation or something.  Not exactly sure what has kept me from posting - other than having a sinus infection for months that I didn't realize was a sinus infection until I got on antibiotics and now I'm feeling a bit better!  Well then there was the months of driving around trying to find one of the college daughters an apartment in her new college town.  And once the apartment was found there was the furnishing of the apartment, thanks to generous friends and thrift stores, and of course the moving of all these things plus the stuff she already owned.  Exhausting.

Anyway, I'm back!  I hope!

I have written four posts over at The Printed Fabric Bee about Sun and SunLESS printing.  The first post is up and the rest of the posts will pop up on September 20, 23, and 27, 2016.  I am giving away these lovely fabrics, some wonderful Mistyfuse and a mini Goddess Sheet, so be sure to hop over and leave a comment on each post for four chances to win this prize!

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Stamp Carving and More

I have been so tired lately!
Too many late nights arting.
I thought I better take a minute to blog a quick update on what I've been doing in all those late night party sessions.  First off, I am working on an online class for the Fiber Arts Connection.  So far the class is titled: Hand Carving Stamps for Fabric Design.  We'll see how that title holds up. In the class I will teach how to carve a stamp, how to use it to create your own fabric, and then how to use that fabric in a project.  With that in mind - what would you want to learn in this class?  What type of stamp would you want to make?  What kind of project would you want to make?

Here's a little preview of two fabrics you can make in the class:

I've also been working on a slow project.  A little Boro patchwork on my daughter's blue jeans using some of my sun printed fabrics:

I find this very relaxing but quickly found out how weak my skin is as it is feeling very sore.  I had to go buy some of my favorite "thimbles" as I've lost all of mine.

I am teaching ice dyeing to my guild next week and have been collecting all the goodies I want for class.  I was very excited to find more of these basket paniers at the dollar store.  They are great for ice dyeing because they have holes in the sides AND the bottom, allowing the water to drip out instead of sitting in a pool at the bottom.

I also have a quilt I want to get finished in time to enter the 43rd Annual Quilt Show at the Springville Art Museum.  I found a new way to baste the quilt I want to try out.  I'll let you know if it works.  So, time to get back to work!

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Prayer Flags at the Utah Arts Festival

I had the privilege of teaching a group of ladies how to make Prayer Flags recently.  They signed up for the class with only a description of the class and not knowing what the flags would look like.
I call that faith.

They all made fantastic flags!
The classroom was the Special Collections Room at the Salt Lake Public Library.
I was surprised to find out how many of the students were from out of town!  One was from Florida, another divided her time between Florida and California, and two live in Ogden, an hour from Salt Lake.  




Thank you ladies for making this a great class!