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A Happy Fourth of July

Hope you are all having a happy day, celebrating our Democracy. We must never take it for granted, as we are now finding out. That is my itty bitty rant for today.

I am having such a good day. Time to relax, make some food for a dinner on the deck with Lisa, the anticipation of M & M returning to Portland tonight, with their Mom and Dad, and seeing all my work from the discharge class on the design wall.


I am so inspired by this cloth and can’t wait to work with it.

Here are some close-ups of the work that I had to bring home to finish. The first is the construction fence resist discharge. Next to it is the second skinny tape on the silk screen piece.


The next two photos show the pieces that were done with the linear pieces of tape on the silk screen. I just love how that ugly piece of brown discharged.


These two pieces are silk that has been over-dyed – also the piece on the right in the above photo. The fabric on the right below was gift from Jeannie who comments often on my blog.


This piece had torn masking tape on the fabric so where the tape was, it is darker.


The next piece had squished discharge paste the first time around so I added new elements, using turquoise dye in the paste.


These are samplers using turquoise dye in the paste.


These are silk pieces that had been over dyed. The piece on the right was from Jeannie. The bottom piece is cotton. The silk on the left is raw silk that has been over-dyed. These all used found objects.


This piece was done using a couple of thermofax screens.


And Just For Fun! I saw Deb R’s Simpson’s persona on her blog and had to try it. Go here to create your own. This looks scarily like me!!


Hope you are having a great day, too!

PS: I lost 4.4 pounds. I had to weigh yesterday because they were closed today. Yeah!

13 Responses to “A Happy Fourth of July”

  1. Kathie says:

    What exciting fabric! I know you will do some wonderful things with it all.

  2. DebR says:

    I love your Simpson Avatar!

    Wonderful fabrics too.

  3. PaMdora says:

    Gerrie, this is an amazing wall of work. I can’t believe you did all this in one workshop, I mean, usually there’s some good stuff and then the stuff you hide under the table, ha ha. Congrats on the 4.4 pounds!

  4. Sue Kaufman says:

    Hi Gerrie,

    I think I love every one of your fabrics. I see you are using discharge paste, something Im not very familiar with. I would be curious to hear more about the entire process, especially if you get to doing another batch of fabrics. The complex colors of your overdyes are satisfying, and your patterning choices excellent.


  5. laura says:

    color me envious! What great results you are getting, and having fun too!
    can’t wait to see more, and to see how you use this fabric in your art.

  6. Karoda says:

    wow gerrie, your discharge pieces put mine to shame 🙂 and they are soooo inspiring! keep on having fun! can’t wrap my head around the turquoise discharge though

  7. Sharon says:


    Is this a process you can do at home? I don’t know anything about dye. Those fabrics are so beautiful. I don’t think you even need to cut them up–just quilt them as is!

    Wonderful work!

  8. Jen Anderson says:

    Stunning fabrics, I love what you have up on your wall!. Jen

  9. Judy says:

    Thanks for all of the pics Gerrie!
    4.4# is awesome. Keep it up!!!

    why did you need to use urea with the turq dye and water? I know that urea keeps the dye moister longer, so is that the reason?

  10. Jeannie says:

    What an inspirational design wall! And Marge! How funny!

  11. Kristin L says:

    The colors! The patterns! What a great stash to work with! Simpsons you is very cute too.

  12. Gerrie says:

    Yep! You have to mix up the discharge paste using thiox and soda ash. The dye was mixed with urea and water and then added to the discharge paste. Turquoise does not discharge so it is the only dye that you can use. We tried it with fuchsia and the paste discharged before our eyes.

    I loved doing this with my own mixture and then steaming.

  13. Liz Berg says:

    So let me see if I understand this correctly. You used turquoise dye in the discharge paste…does it discharge the original color and then leave the turquoise? You got some wonderful fabrics!