Monday, June 20, 2011

Spring Cleaning my Studio

I've been in a cleaning frenzy lately. First I spent two days cleaning my filthy house. Vacuuming, wiping floors on hands and knees, washing rugs...

Now I'm extending my cleaning binge to my studio. I'm bursting out of my fabric containers and need to pare down to make room for new fabrics. So, every day this week I'll be listing new fabric on sale.

So far, purple and blue fabrics have been added to the Sale section. More will be added every morning this week. These are a really great value. Shibori fabrics originally priced at $28 per yard are now $16; half yards are $8 instead of $14. 

Check it out!

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

More freeform fun, this time in warm hues

Here's another group of fabrics I hand painted using a variety of tools, like sponges, rollers, paint brushes, and stencils.

To keep the finished product harmonious, I used several hues that are close to each other on the color wheel:  fuchsia, bright orange, bright yellow, and golden yellow.

I layered the colors on top of each other to give the fabrics depth and extra interest.  

The best part of painting fabric freeform is that you can't really make a mistake! If you're not happy with it, you can always paint over it with more dye paint in a darker hue, or add another layer of texture on top.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Happy Hemp

 Happy Hemp in a bundle is priced right at $20.  You'll get eight pieces measuring approximately 14" by 9".  A great way to jumpstart that project you've been meaning to get off the ground.  These hemp fabrics are very stitchable. Meaning they are easy to sew by hand with needle and thread, due to their lower threadcount. How do I know?  I've tested them using stitched shibori and they work beautifully. Making some magic cloth for Jude's SpiritCloth class? This hemp bundle is a great way to get a mix of hues and design in one little package. Happy stitching!

Sunday, June 5, 2011

More fun with the Fun Bundle

This fun bundle of cotton fabrics has been extremely popular with my clients. After a couple weeks where I wasn't able to offer it, I've restocked it.  A nice assortment of hues, all dyed on mercerized cotton. Soft, easy to sew for quilting or crafts, and a great value. Let me know what you make and I'll post a picture on my facebook page. Enjoy!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Freeform in blue

Found and repurposed objects are an endless source for designs and ideas. Here, I used some burlap (bought to shade some transplants from the searing heat) and a paint grid to make some cool, blue fabric. I used four different dyes, but because they are all hues of blue, the effect is harmonious and soothing.

Layering grid textures in soft and hard lines keeps it interesting and allows the darker grids to acquire a three dimensional quality. They almost seem to float on the soft backdrop. This would have been very boring on plain white.
Dig around in your drawers and see what you come up with.  It's just a matter of looking at your "stuff" in a new way. Most importantly, have fun.