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Thursday, August 15th, 2013


I frittered away most of today. I can’t remember what I was doing up until 2 pm when I headed down to the studio. Yesterday was a long day getting the Guild newsletter formatted and sent out. I knew that If I just got myself started, I would be a happy camper. Being creative is so energizing.

I mixed up some Jacquard indigo out on the patio and let it sit for an hour while I worked on the blouse that I am making. It was too big so I had to do some alterations. I also grabbed some  other fabrics to put in the indigo. The main reason for mixing up the indigo was to dye the shantung organza. I want to do another moon piece stitched to prefelt and shrunk. For my other piece, I discharged a circle. For this one, I wanted to create a circle resist. I drew a circle with a wash away pencil and then stitched it with a sewing machine basting stitch. I pulled the thread as tight as I could without breaking it. Then, I put a plastic bag over it and used a rubber band to close it tightly around the stitched circle. You can see it in the photo below. I folded the organza so that I have two sided to make two more shrinky dink quilts. I was very happy with the depth of color, too.


Here is my bucket of indigo.


If you have not done indigo dyeing, you might not know how it works. It is important to keep oxygen out of the dye mix so you must be very careful to not stir it or muddle with it. When the fabric comes out it is green.

indigounoxidizedAs the indigo oxidizes, it becomes blue. The more times you dip it in the indigo, the stronger the color.


This is a cotton gauze scarf shibori wrapped on a pvc pipe. There is also a scrunched bundle of fabric held together with a rubber band.


Here are the other results. The first is the cotton scarf – turned out really pretty.


These are the same fabric which was a wimpy yellow green color with some other colors in some areas. I particularly like the accordion pleated piece.


These were two different hand-dyes that I overdyed. The bottom piece had lots of green in it.


This was cotton shibori wrapped on a pole. I didn’t tie it, I just scrunched it.

polewrappedcottonI had dyed this shirt (originally white) when I did indigo dyeing with Stephanie a while ago, but the color was wimpy and not even. I really like it now.


I found some photos from our trip on my camera. This is what the sky looked like when we drove up I5 to Grant’s Pass. The smoke from the wildfires made the sun red and the sky gray.


I also found this photo of Paige. She had just discovered that she could put the little attachments on and take them off. Mark said she used to just throw them!! Such a wonderful age.



Tuesday, August 13th, 2013

stitched organza

So, after 6-7 months without an upper respiratory bug, I finally succumbed. Over the week-end, I had scratchy throat, earaches, headache, fever and did nada for two days. Yesterday, I had an SDA staff conference call and then a guild board meeting. That about did me in for the day. This morning, I felt as if the virus had subsided, but I now have inflamed sinuses. So, I have been doing frequent saline rinses and tonight I feel much better. I just have to stay on top of it. I have not had any antibiotics this year so far and I would like to continue that trend.

I was going to do some indigo dyeing on Friday before the consumption over took me, but then I realized I needed to prepare some fabric for dyeing. The piece in the photo is shantung silk organza. I have done some special stitching and tieing which I will reveal after it is dyed.

I bought some more prefelt in white and indigo blue. I want to do another stitched and shrunk piece using indigo fabric.

Today, I entered one quilt in the Quilts=Art=Quilts show in Auburn, NY. I have not entered this show in a while. I was in the show a couple of times way back when. Then the show got known and there was a lot more competition. The show has gotten better and better so this may be an exercise in futility!! I will let you know what I entered after I find out if it got in or not.

I will leave you with a photo that I think might need to become a quilt! Maybe an abstraction!


Super Saturday

Saturday, September 29th, 2012

Late this morning Mr C and I headed down to Newburg and had lunch at our favorite Oregon fast food restaurant, Burgerville. Then, he dropped me off at the Chehalem Arts Center for Regina Benson’s exhibit and lecture. He headed off for the Erath Vineyards to pick up our wine club edition for the fall.

Regina’s work is really breathtaking in its size and the detail she puts in to each piece.

I love the pieces that are hung on molded aluminum bars.

Her lecture was a slide show of photos showing how she does the discharge  and rusting on such large pieces. It was really educational. She was very generous with her information and gave each of us two swatches of fabric that had been discharged and rusted.

Here she is explaining to us how whe creates these tubes wrapped with shibori discharged silk.

Two views of discharged pieces hanging from the ceiling.

Tonight, Mr C and I had dinner with some old and new friends who were all connected via the old GE days. It was lots of fun.

Terry had an extra copy of Quilting Arts and so I have gotten to see my Rituals quilt of Scooter and Mr C in the magazine. It looks really great!!

I even found some time in the studio this afternoon and got some quilting done on the maverick piece. And did today’s 3 x3.

There are 3 months left in the year and I have yellow-green, blue-purple and yellow orange left to do. I am thinking I will go to the cool side next.

My Ninepatch Disappeared

Thursday, October 27th, 2011

I have heard the term disappearing nine patch going around on blogs and Facebook. I needed a pattern for a kid’s quilt and thought I would give it a try. So, this is how the nine patch disappears (in case you are wondering).

You start with nine 5 inch squares which are sewn into a nine patch,

Then you cut it in half lengthwise and crosswise.

Then arrange your smaller squares into a quilt!! And that is how the nine patch disappears. You can see how I have rearranged them in the top photo. Of, course, I have lots of blocks to sew, now.

I had a nice day today. I drove over the river and up the hills to Terry’s home. I had not had a chance to see her new studio, yet. They have built a separate building on their property for her studio and a greenhouse for her husband. It is really nice and much bigger than I expected. We went out for delicious Indian food.

Tonight while I watched the Project Runway train wreck, I prepared some scarves for indigo dyeing. I bought some cotton scarves and will be interested to see how they come out.

Not sure when I will get them in the indigo pot. Tomorrow, I am going to make some Beef Bourguignon for Saturday night dinner. It is better the second day and on Saturday, I will be in Eugene all day with Terry and some other artists for our biannual critique session. The dinner party is for Steph’s mother-in -law who is visiting from North Carolina. I hope I can pull it off.

Shibori Scarf Workshop

Saturday, November 6th, 2010

I really revel in leading a workshop — watching students create and experiment and produce lovely pieces of fiber art. These are the two pieces I did to demonstrate resist dyeing on silk. On the left is a pole wrapped silk and on the right is a fold and dip piece.

Trinity Cathedral is blessed with a large building for classrooms and offices. In the basement is an art studio complete with a kiln.

It is not a huge space so 6 – 8 students is all that I can handle. Here you see them at work with the poles and the dyes. We use Colorhue dyes which need no heat setting. It is instant gratification.

Here are some photos of their beautiful results. I had two repeat participants and they did the best work.

I love that piece on the right – she used eggplant, brown and black.

The woman who made this was not happy with it, but I love it.

So, after this enjoyable morning, Mr C and I headed out to the upscale shopping center – Bridgeport Village. I picked up 3 new things from the Eileen Fisher store. I love her clothes. I have been wearing them for about 15 years. They last forever and are always in style. And they look pretty good on short fat ladies.

Tonight we had a luscious meal at a fairly new seafood restaurant in SE Portland – Fin. It has been a good day.

I do not have any thing positive regarding my BIL or my friend’s husband. Ray is failing rather quickly. And, Roger, now has an infection which has complicated his recovery. Continue to keep them all in your good thoughts and prayers.

I am looking forward to getting back that hour of sleep I lost last spring.