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 Old 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 [...]