Fiber Visions is the new name of Sue's art quilt group that meets monthly, for the last year via Zoom. The inability to meet in person has not stopped the group from completing a new challenge. Last December, member Terry issued a challenge to create a quilt inspired by a painting. The selected painting is called Skiffs by Gustave Caillebotte which is at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. It was painted in 1877 and exhibited at the 4th impressionist exhibition in 1879.
Wednesday, May 12, 2021
Friday, February 26, 2021
Elizabeth's sister recently sent her an idea for incline dyeing that she thought was doable. While fascinated by the technique she otherwise wasn't willing to go through all the steps for the set up to make it work. This idea needed only a milk jug and a container. Elizabeth used a 1/2 gallon milk jug since she was going to practice on a toddler t-shirt which had been treated with soda ash. The dye was Midnight Blue by ProChem and Dye.
First, was to cut off the bottom of the milk jug and pull the hem of the shirt through the opening in the jug. Then bunch up the top of the shirt inside the jug.
Next was to put on powdered dye followed by snow or ice, but you could use liquid or you could put the dye on after the snow
Here is the result, you can see that the bottom of the shirt looks different from the top. The bottom has streaks where the dye was allowed to run or flow with gravity into the bottom of the container and the top was scrunch up so the dye flowed around the scrunches producing a different pattern.
This is a technique she will definitely try again.
Tuesday, January 19, 2021
Four years ago, Sue went to Craft Napa with 2 friends for 3 days of fiber art classes. What a fun time! Things haven't worked out to return to this California retreat, but this year because of the pandemic, it moved online like so many other events. Being virtual, anyone could participate from the comfort of home. So Sue signed up for one class. There were others she was interested in, but as sometimes happens, several were on the same day so choices had to be made. The class she took was called Surprise Printing taught by Margarita Korioth. The technique involved using Caran d'Ache water soluble wax pastel crayons with transparent extender and silk screens to created printed blocks. The "surprise" is seeing what your blocks look like after washing off the excess crayon.
To create blocks, we first colored the cotton squares with the wax pastel crayons. Then we used the silk screen to overprint with the transparent extender. These were then set aside to dry. We also made a repeat pattern with the other screen on a rectangular piece of cotton. The third component created was a wide strip that could be cut into narrower strips for sashing and/or binding. This piece was done by separating it into segments with painter's tape and coloring in between. The transparent extender was brushed over top. All were allowed to dry before heat setting and then soaking in water (about 10 minutes) to remove the excess crayon. The extra color doesn't come out completely, but enough to fade into the background and allow the printed design to stand out.
Wednesday, January 13, 2021
The Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA) Regional groups of North Carolina/Virginia and Washington DC/Maryland/West Virginia issued a challenge last year to members to make a quilt based on the theme Imagination. They were asked to "use their imagination to escape reality, explore thoughts and feelings, and express themselves by creating a new quilt in a format measuring one foot wide by four feet high". Approximately 70 submissions were juried by Maggie Vanderweit, selecting 50 for the exhibit. Originally intended to be an in-person exhibit, the Covid 19 pandemic altered those plans to make it a virtual exhibit that can be seen on Black Rock Center for the Arts' website now through February 20. It will also be part of the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival's virtual show at the end of February.
Sue's submission, The Imagination of Nature, is one of the 50 pieces selected. After considering several ideas, a piece of eco-printed fabric came to mind. It was about 6 feet long by 1 foot wide, so easily fit the size requirements of the challenge. It served as the "iron blanket" in making an eco-printed silk scarf; essentially, a piece of cotton that keeps the plant material in place in the printing process. In addition to the length of cotton, there were several pieces of silk used as test prints that might be incorporated in the 1 x 4 design.
Above is the center section. Except for some machine anchor stitching, the quilting is done by hand with embroidery threads. Some "ghost" leaves were added to the background with stitching.
Monday, January 11, 2021
A few months ago, Sue signed up to make 5 quilt blocks for the Violet Protest. The Violet Protest is a national public effort to make and send 50 textile squares to every member of Congress in support of core American values. Sadly, it seems this effort is needed now more than ever. The core values include:
- respect for the other
- country over party/corporate influence
Friday, January 1, 2021
Happy New Year to all our readers!
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Best wishes for a creative 2021 to you all and thank you for your support in 2020.
We know that many of you spent some of 2020 designing custom images and we are pleased to make screens so you can use your own unique designs to add that very personal touch to your work. We're also happy for you to use the screens we sell in our Etsy shop to enhance your work.
Whether you are a mixed media artist, a textile artist or a potter, Thermofax screens allow you to incorporate your own vision into your work. While our classes were on hold for most of 2020, your continued patronage of our online shop allowed us to grow our small business this past year and we want you to know we are grateful to each one of you for giving us the privilege of assisting in your creative endeavors.
To extend our thanks and get you started creating in 2021, use coupon code THANKYOU at checkout for a 10% discount for the month of January.
Please show us what you have made with Thermofax screens and if you like, we will share your creations and expertise with our community. Send us your questions about screens and the process and we will try our best to answer them for you.
Here is to a happy and healthy new year in 2021 for everyone,
Elizabeth and Sue
Tuesday, November 24, 2020
Here it is November and many sewists have spent time making masks these past 9 months as we try to lessen the impacts of this global pandemic.
This summer, Elizabeth ordered some premade cotton-knit 2 layer face masks and dyed them using the ice dyeing techniques we have talked about before. Search the label ice dyeing on this post to see old posts where we mentioned ice dyeing.
After dyeing some masks she got to work using thermofax screens to add images. She tried adding an owl from our collection which had previously worked well on a woven cotton but found that it was too detailed and just looked blob-like on the knit mask fabric (top left) Since less detailed images seemed to work best she tried some of the screens in our collection which were hand drawn and had thicker lines. She was also particularly pulled to the words that could be added either alone on a mask or over top of another image.
As these masks were premade and included some gathering around the edges it wasn't always easy to get the image into the space without a wrinkle or two. This was exacerbated by trying to use the screen a second time once paint was blocking the view of the image. Thus, she did a lot more screen cleaning than normal. Screening fabric first and then sewing the mask is an alternative if you sew.
If you have a simple line drawing you think might look good on a mask, send us the image sized for the small screen and see if you can make your own personalized mask. This cardinal came from the Graphics Fairy, a free source for vintage, public domain art work.
This is a dragonfly that Sue drew on a piece of paper with a black pen. We can make a screen from your drawing so long as the image is black and white.