Friday, December 26, 2008

Dyeing and Embossing Velvet

I put the wood stamps under the fabric with the plush side down on the wood stamp and sprayed it with starch and used a iron for about a minute being careful to watch for scorching. Do not move the iron back and forth or you may move the material and not get a clear design.

Then I waxed here and there with a brush(Batiki) and then dyed the fabric in Navy blue. Again let it set covered in plastic for 24 hours. The under colors show through in some places. These are the wood blocks that I used to emboss the velvet.

I have been working to complete this for a while. This is two yards of rayon/silk velvet stretched on a frame. I used several bright procion dye colors and let it set for 24 hours covered in plastic.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Christmas Gift

I have received the best Christmas Gift this year. A 20 pound weight loss as of today. It has taken me 30 years to find the answers to my health issues and at last they are here. Like everyones life there have been some real rough times, but being almost to the end of my health journey is a gift I am receiving with great joy today.

Happy Holidays to all.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Silk Scarf

This a silk scarf that I used soy wax on and then painted with thicken procion dyes. I found that the soy wax will dissolve if too much moisture is put on it. After everything dried and I let it set for 24 hours I ironed it between paper towels and then washed it in the machine. The wax does come right out.

Saturday, November 22, 2008


The classes look like they are beginning to be of interest to a few people. Some are very involved in the holidays and hope to come after the beginning of the year.
This is one of my first students trying out the soy wax and then painting with procion thicken dye. Yesterday I had a student that dyed velvet with procion dyes and they came out great. I think her success will bring in more students for the next class in a couple of weeks.
Maraya hadn't dyed fabrics before and now she is dyeing scarves and selling them in a high end shop in San Jose. Good for you Maraya.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

New Jacket

This is the new jacket I made in my sewing class. It is black knit fabric with silk from Japanese kimonos. A couple black buttons on the front to add some decoration to the jacket front.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Fabric Dyeing and Batiking

I have been having fun dyeing with procion dyes the last couple of days. Since I don't have a table big enough and I didn't want to frame or hang the 3 yards of fabrics I was working with. I decided to lay heavy plastic out on the grass in the back yard with rocks on the corners. You can see that I had some expert help.

I dyed the fabrics a light color first and then batiked.

Then I laid them out again and dyed the fabric. I covered them with a second sheet of plastic and left them overnight.

As you can see the orange one is done from the recent article in the Quilting Arts Magazine using berry box, spools of thread and toilet paper rolls.

The purple dyed fabric I used a iron I had.

Block Stamp

I finished carving this linolem block last night. A friend gave me some blocks and I thought I would use them up. I think the rubber blocks are easier to carve then these. Now I will have to think of a way to use it on my fabric.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Red Hats

I belong to Red Hats with our church and enjoy the women a great deal. I made a hat to go with my outfits to be in style.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Dyeing Class

I am working on putting together a class for dyeing fabrics at my house. I will have a dyeing lab where people can come and use my dyes and then a instruction class. I am working on a flyer to take to my sewing class as there are some people interested there.