Wednesday, August 29, 2018


Oh look. A dye painted warp to go with denim. I enjoyed dyeing again. I've two more two paint, whenever I get a time gap to do so.

Saturday, August 25, 2018

Familiar Joy Stirred

I dye painted a warp Friday morning. Within those moments, life began to dance again.
More to come.

Bless and be blessed.

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

It's never simple, is it?!

It's never simple, is it?!

I was planning to measure and dye paint several weaving warps for Linda @ Tabby Tree in Cicero, IN. The hurdles began immediately with my warping mill buried in my storage unit. I was able to borrow a warping board and measure out the first warp in Linda's shop, leaving the guide yarn (cotton) on the board to bring home. Being gone 6-7 days a week, I found a month or so later that not only had I not made time to measure out two more warps, let alone paint them, my cat ate most of the guide yarn off the warping board. She's weird that way. So I used acrylic yarn, made new guide lines and finished the other two warps.

A few days later, I set up all the supplies to begin dye painting. I soaked the warps and hung to remove excess moisture (but not totally dry). Meanwhile I began to mix up dyes and create colors only to discover I didn't have all the needed base colors. I was sure my large stash was in storage in my sisters basement 45 minutes away so I asked her to rummage through to confirm. A couple months later and the threat to tell on her to our Mom, who passed in '05, she finally looked and found them.

Now you would think all the glitches were behind me, so I hoped. NO. I realized, after a failure from earlier this summer, that for the first time in all my 28 years of dyeing, that dye power has a self life. I had a jar of yellow powder that was only a year old and it was totally dead.  So with my large stash of dyes from storage of 5.5 years, I certainly didn't want to dye paint these warps and the dye wash out.

I decided to test each dye needed (I'll test the other's later) by screening a grid on pfd cotton, mix up a small amount of dye needed for the warps, place a sample per square, record it's name&# on the fabric beside it, and wash the fabric to see what ones where still alive. NOTHING LIKE MAKING THINGS COMPLICATED.

So this is where I am in this 'simple' project. The grid has been drawn, made into a silk screen (btw, don't forget that part of my business is making custom thermofax screens for you), printed, set the fabric paint, and now the fabric is soaking in soda ash water. I will hang it to dry and be ready to start the next stage of laborious dye testing on it.

Will I ever get to dye paint these three warps? I certainly hope so. But not as soon as I or Linda would hope. The road to success sometimes takes more persistence and time than what we could foresee. Not giving up, is victory within itself.
So check in later, as Paul Harvey would say, for "the rest of the story."

 Bless and be blessed!

Monday, July 2, 2018

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Wearable Art, One and Two Steps More

Until a few days ago, I had NO use for a Cricut or Sizzix machine. Now the ideas for shirts are flooding through my mind.  I would use it in conjunction with my dyeing and textile art.  My main use would be to (1)cut vinyl iron-on and (2)fabric, using mostly (3)my own designs. Upon researching, I find a new version, Cricut Maker, that has two blades to precisely cut fabrics and chipboards with efficient results and comes with a sewing pattern library with hundreds. But does it have the same design abilities as the Explore Air 2? Is anyone experienced with both these machine and can compare them with my three criteria of interest?  How do they compare with Sizzix?

As you may have read here, I do screen printing on fabric and make custom screens for the public.  I love that process with all it's variety.  What one limit it has, a cutting machine like Cricut/Sizzix can overcome and go even further.  So neither process is exclusive.

I think it'd be a fabulous way to help supplement my income. The machine is extremely out of  financial reach. I'll pray and let's see if the Lord opens the door. He's knows best and has His special ways of working. I trust Him.

If the Lord provides, visit here to find wonderful products I will custom make for you.  I will post the projects I create for my personal use to give you ideas.  I'm excited already!

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Photo from Cool Tools, Kevin Kelly site, article by Chris Anderson    

Bless and be blessed!

Dye, Print & Sew On Classes/PARTIES

One fun event people are doing these days are Canvas Painting Parties.  They ARE fun!  So are my dye parties, from ages 8-88.  The items to dye are endless.  I will be happy to customize a dye session for you. 

Here are a few party ideas that'll make you want to gather and dye, again and again.

Birthday Party
Baby Shower
Couples Date Night
Family Fun
Women's Time Out
Quilter's Dye
Christmas Gifts (silk scarves)
Bible Fellowship Fun
Just for the Fun of IT

Item's to dye, all sizes, if different fabrics:
silk, velvet, gauze scarves
tops & tees
sweatshirts & sweatpants
booties & socks
dresses & skirts
pants & shorts
purses & bags
infant clothing
layette sets
sarongs & beachwear
quality fabric
     cotton including for quilting
the list is endless.

My brochure also has a few classes that I offer.  If you want to sew, I teach beginners and specialized advanced classes.  If you see anything on my blog that I've made and you want to do it, contact me!  Go ahead.  Do it.  You'll be very pleased with yourself that you've played in the creative process.  It's rewarding and refreshing.  Creating makes me happy and is proven to be emotionally and physically healthy.  'They' say, Art is cheaper than therapy. So contact me.

Bless and be blessed,