I've spent the last couple of days dyeing a colour wheel (well, ok, a colour 'line') using procion dyes. I've made a strong mix of dyes (perhaps too strong, I was rinsing forever!!) but I'm pretty pleased with how rich the colours are. I've used the cotton print cloth from Dharma Trading. It's a mercerized cotton and seems to take the dyes quite well.
I seem to be ignoring some of my other courses but am pleased to be making a bit of progress with the Kemshall class!! At last!!
I'll be back.
Saturday, October 26, 2013
Today I have made up another batch of dyes and I feel as if maybe this is the start of some fabric work again. I really haven't done much in quite a few months. I'm still working on the Quilting and Patchwork class offered by the Kemshalls on their Design Matters site (it's a great course). So far we've been working with paper and paint so this is my first go at fabric pieces in a while. I'm trying to settle on a colour palette....such a hard job because I love all colours, pastel colours to jewel colours. And who can forget the drama of black and white??!! What a decision. I'm still floundering about trying to decide. More dyeing tomorrow to see if I can come closer to a satisfactory solution!!
I bought Ann Johnston's new DVD on dyeing fabric (available on her website). It is SO inspirational. I have taken a few classes with her and she is a wonderful and wonderfully generous instructor. And her DVD is also exceptional.
I feel as if I'm wandering here. I'm going to wander off and press my rinsed out fabrics.
I'll be back. In the meantime, check out these links.....
Sunday, October 13, 2013
Blogging is such a bizarre thing. And it weighs on one, whether one is posting or not. It speaks of one's work output, or lack thereof. Of how one spends one's time. And then there is Facebook and Twitter and all those other ways to pass the time or to get lost in time or maybe just to lose time. (It seems I have a facebook account but I don't post anything there...either!) My goal this year was to enter two shows. I've entered three juried shows and got into all three (not boasting, I'm pretty amazed! and while I haven't sold anything, truth to tell, I'm pretty relieved about that actually) and I've been in two other shows besides. And there are two more coming up. But then that brings up the whole question of showing and selling and pricing and all that maddening stuff. I find it all pretty overwhelming. And then there is the pressure of needing more work for future shows. And I feel as if I've lost some of the fun along the way. So I'm working on the idea of working and keeping it fun. Not pressured. I feel that if showing is all about selling then maybe I need to rethink the whole thing. Retirement should be about fun, I'm pretty sure! Maybe all I need to do is show up.