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Silk Rainbow

I was so excited to wake up this morning and wash out my dyed fabrics. Here they are ready to go in the washer:



And her

e they are washed, dried and ironed:


I decided I needed some stronger blues and greens so I dyed some more fabric today. I am testing fusibles, trying to decide whether to use Wonder Under or Misty-Fuse. Sometimes I fuse directly to the batting. Liz Berg fuses to cotton and then treats that as a layer which she sandwiches with batting and a back. So I am testing that as an option.

Mr C is constructing a large table for me to work on. Hopefully that gets done before the end of the week cause I am getting itchy to start cutting and fusing.

Last night, I went to my first meeting of the High Fiber Group here in Portland. A very talented group of women!! I love to be around really creative people, it gets my juices flowing.

On Friday, I have my monthly art date with Terry and June, more about that later.

I would like to add that it is hot in Portland, unseasonably hot. So I have felt a little cranky today. Tonight, Mr C and Maggie and I walked down to the Rhodie garden. It totally changed my mood. It was shady with some nice breezes coming in off the lake. The goslings and ducklings were in abundance, waddling and swimming close to their parents. There were families and couples enjoying the evening. I came home in a much better mood.

8 Responses to “Silk Rainbow”

  1. Chloe says:

    Oh my good – what a table full of gorgeousness!

  2. Yummylicious fabrics!!!! (and lower in calories than cookies)

  3. Diane D. says:

    Those colors are yummy! Can’t wait to see what you make with them.

  4. Karoda says:

    Gerrie, the photo of you in your gear with mask and gloves and apron is funny and inspiring. 🙂

  5. Lovely fabrics — can’t wait to see what you create with them! We have a lot of wild rhododendrons (sp?) in the South, and they always grow in wonderful areas full of filtered sunlight, cool shade and that wonderful smell of growing things. I haven’t been hiking in quite a while, but I can still smell that smell. Neat, huh?

  6. Ahhhhhh, I love the sight of all that dyed fabric, Gerrie!

  7. DebR says:


    When the fabrics are in the buckets before you wash them, do you get some color transfer from one to another? I know when I’ve let cottons touch at that point I do (which can be good or bad, depending), but I’ve never dyed silks.

  8. Judy says:

    Yummy colors Gerrie!
    I’ll be interested to hear how you fuse your silks, as I am playing around with that right now too.
    Oh, by the way, please take back your cool temps…we are ready for the warm weather that you are experiencing, as our highs are only reaching about 70, which is about 10-15 degrees below normal!