April 17th, 2016
As you can see, I got some beautiful fabric, but the color magnet did not work that well because my dye was too concentrated. Here you can see very faint circles that I screened on to the silk.
Here is the cotton – none of the stenciled designs showed up. I need to do a more dilute dye solution and then, where the dye magnet is, the color will be darker. Back to the studio!!
April 15th, 2016
I have been making short trips to the studio to try out an experiment on silk and on cotton. It involves dye painting so I first soaked small pieces of silk and cotton in soda ash and water.
I hung the fabric to dye and went back this morning to stencil some patterns on the fabric using Jacquard’s Dye Magnet. It is really goopy, slippery stuff so it is hard to get clean images.
I left it to dry and went back this afternoon and spread some full strength dye concentrate on the fabrics, which I had layered. I covered it and will leave it to batch for at least 24 hours.
April 11th, 2016
Not sure if time is flying or time is dragging by, but anyway, I am in waiting mode for my new knee. I am trying to keep busy. My SDA job has been keeping me very busy. In the evening, I have been slow stitching and knitting. I am making progress on the piece for the SAQA auction. I am about half done with the front of the Winnie the Pooh sweater:
On Saturday, I went to my Oregon critique group in Eugene. Here are two of my quilts waiting to be discussed:
I have always felt that my Blue Picasso Woman needed something and she helped me realize what it is – she does not have enough space around her. I am thinking about cutting her up and redoing her as a more complicated Picassoesque piece:
Today, I spent the afternoon at the hospital getting poked and prodded to make sure I am fit for the surgery. Hopefully, I am. I have seen folks in worse shape than me come through it ok!!