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Let’s Celebrate 10 Years of Blogging!!

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015


Believe it or not, I have hung in here for 10 years, blabbing away about my life and my art. To celebrate, I am giving one of my small mounted aspen pieces to one of you, if you leave me a comment.

First, I want to tell you about my great day. I finally started painting the silk fabric for my solo show. I am doing six different 6+ foot pieces. I was able to get a set-up in my little studio where I could paint fabric that long.


I putted a long padded surface over my stainless steel printing table and my cutting table. I also have a couple of smaller tables on which I have my paint and brushes. It is a tight squeeze, but very doable.

I first painted a small sample with the colors I wanted to use.

I cut a length of silk about 6 1/2 feet. It is folded in half and pinned around the edges with small t-pins.


I started painting with foam brushes and Jacquard Dyna-flow paint.


I sprinkled some salt on the blue area.


I left it to dry and will go back tomorrow. My plan is to do 6 colorways: green, blue, yellow, orange, red, purple. I will cut each piece in half lengthwise. I will do some more surface design on these fabrics. One half will be cut up and turned into small pieces mounted on gallery frames. The remaining long piece will hang as art cloth as a center piece for each color. I have been dreaming and scheming about this for so long. It is exciting to get started.

OK, if you made it to the end of this, don’t forget to leave me a comment and I will use the random number generator and one of you will get this little piece.



The 100 Fundraiser to Fight Cancer

Monday, February 2nd, 2015


1 Day – 100 Artists – 100 Patrons – $10,000
Wednesday, February 4, 2015
Opens 10 a.m. Central

How The Fundraiser Works

The first 100 people to contact Virginia beginning at 10 a.m. Central on February 4th will be given a link to donate $100 directly to the American Cancer Society through Fiberart For A Cause. Each donor will receive an artwork from one of the 100 generous and talented artists participating. Assignments of artwork will be made using a random number generator. This is a great chance to collect a piece of art from one of 100 exciting fiber artists.

Check out many of the donated artworks on Pinterest (click the link).  They are really wonderful gems to add to your art collection and you get a tax deduction for your donation. Here is my piece which I almost dread giving up. I love it so much.


Questions? See all the details at VFFAC The 100.

Special Note: Our goal of $10,000 will make Fiberart For A Cause’s donations to the American Cancer Society a nice even one-quarter of a million dollars.

January Printed Fabric Bee – Petroglyphs

Sunday, February 1st, 2015



Lynda Heines chose petroglyphs and a turquoise and orange color scheme. I wanted to stay away from the more well-known cave drawings. I did a search of Oregon Petroglyphs and came up with some unusual drawings. These are the photos I used:




I wanted some different sizes and line width to create more interest and these seemed to fit the bill. I played with them in photoshop and came up with these:




I made 3 thermofax screens and headed to the studio. I love how my print surface is looking after several months of Printed Fabric Bee printing!


I digress!

I selected a beigish (made up word?) hand-dye for the background. I printed the eyes first using a light brown paint.


Next, I printed over that with the skeletal drawings, using turquoise.


Then I added the bug like creature using a brick red paint. Here is the 6 inch piece I did for the giveaway.


That was fun. And now, you can leave a comment on Lynda’s blog post and on the Printed Fabric Bee Blog for a chance to win a collection of the fabrics we all made.

PFB 01-15