Layering in Florida

– Posted in: Workshops
Layered Printmaking

  Last week I was so fortunate to escape the never-ending snow and head to Florida to spend a week with the Fiber Forum, a group of embroiderers within the Embroiderer’s Guild of America. We dyed, we stitched, we screened, we waxed, we thermofaxed, we discharged—WE LAYERED IT ALL! See some of the students pieces. [...]

Smiling Faces

– Posted in: Color, Discharge
The face of discharge

Spring and summer passed in a blur of workshops, travel, and an intensive writing project. I am taking a bit of a deep breath before fall classes begin next month. In the next few blog posts, I hope to revisit some of the wonderful experiences of recent months. First up, my most recent workshops at [...]

National Quilting Day

– Posted in: Uncategorized
quilting on zig zags

I made a quilt! Well, that is not really such news. But this quilt is for a bed, and is the first king-size quilt I have ever made. Here it is pictured on a queen size bed, as I don't have a king bed in my house. This quilt is a gift, and was really [...]

Wispy Webs

– Posted in: Color, Inspiration, Workshops
spider web jewels

Update: As a relatively new blogger, I am still learning my way around. Today I discovered three posts that were scheduled to post in October, but didn't! Obviously I need to learn about how to use the schedule feature! I hope you enjoy a bit of a blog blast today! So harken back to the [...]

An Island Paradise

– Posted in: Mixing Color, Workshops
boats and reflections

Dreaming of an island paradise? That’s where we’ll be during the next  True Colors workshop! Those who received my newsletter know there is a special offer going on, and blog readers are eligible too! The island is located in Lake Superior, and the place-- Madeline Island School of the Arts. I've heard nothing but the best [...]

Wax On; Wax Off

– Posted in: Inspiration, Workshops
Soy wax batik cloth

The phrase has come into our lexicon from the 1984 movie The Karate Kid (omg--it has been 30 years!) when the mild-mannered handyman who is also a Karate master teaches young Daniel the martial arts through cleaning and waxing his car. I became curious about the phrase and wondered if it had a deeper meaning. [...]

Testing 1-2-3

– Posted in: Color
Collection of Procion MX dyes

How good are my dyes? This is a question I am often asked, and a few months ago, Kay Sorensen emailed me with just that question. She was given some older dyes, and wanted to see what she could expect from them. I outlined for her a simple process to check the strength of the [...]