Monday, August 25, 2014

Dye Workshop 2014 - Resists

Nine gungho artists got together at Vera's ranch for a 2 day fabric dyeing workshop, with an emphasis on water soluble resists. Vera's dye studio/pottery studio was set up with a pile of different marking and masking tools and several resists. The tubs of resist were; potato dextrin, corn dextrin, sugar syrup, flour paste, commercial water soluble resist & soy wax. We also tried masking tape resist, school glue and wet newspaper. Vera had samples of each resist, so we could compare the results, the soy wax and potato gave the most crackle, and the sugar and corn gave the sharpest images.
We started by making impressions with the various resists onto pastel dyed fabric, and set them out to dry. Pat used a brush to make circular shapes and Peggy used foam stamps.
Amy's potato masher looked like a sand dollar, and Cheryl like various stamps with corn dextrin.
Meredith used plastic construction fence as a mask, and after they were all set out on plastic in the sun to dry, we took a lunch break. A wonderful potluck as always, quiche, melons, fresh salsa and chips, broccoli salad, peach cobbler and spice cake, and lots more goodies.
After lunch we began to add dye to the first layer of resist. Amy's squiggles were made with soy wax and a squiggly drinking straw from the dollar store, a rich blue dye was painted on next.
Cheryl added rich saturated colors of thickened dye paste and blended them with a foam brush.
Crystal added orange to a stamped piece and used different colors on a masking tape geometric design.
Jana used school glue and a syringe with commercial water soluble resist and a dark blue dye. Peggy's orange was painted over masking tape.
Amy's purple and pink fabric, used foam stamps and other tools to stamp with potato dextrin. Peggy added several layers of tape and dye, and I can't wait to see how it turned out.
Cheryl hung her first pieces on the line, and wanted photos , so she could compare them at this stage, and after they received a second coat of resist and dye. We realized we need to batch the dyes, so they would set, so we took them off the line and layered them in plastic sheeting.
Amy's 2 pieces on the line, each got a second coat of paste resist and a dark green over dye. Jana's masking tape on the 2nd or 3rd layer of gold and brown.
At the end of the day, while we were packing up, Vera tripped with the containers of dye concentrates, she ended up with a bloody lip and blue dye on her face. We also spotted a rattle snake, heading for the shade under the cars, we chased it off, and trapped in it a hole under the potting studio. We were concerned about the ranch dogs and it was headed where the cattle were. Thank God it did not end up under the cars while we were packing up, that was a recipe for disaster. We were so happy with our dye play day that we decided to have another day to finish up next week. So YEA! We look forward to one more day of fun, and we'll post our results and finished fabrics next time.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

July Meeting 2014

Old Business The New Quilt/Stitch and Knit Show will be at the Portland Expo Center August 13-15. The Annual Sewing and Quilting Show will be at the Expo Center on September 26-28, anyone planning on going to either show, let me know and we can plan car pooling, this would be great field trip opportunities for us. Our regular meeting will NOT be at the conference rooms in August!! We will be going to Vera's Tuesday and Wednesday, August 12 & 13, for our annual Dyeing Workshop. Vera will send a supply list, she will be teaching us dye resists, as practice for a class she will be giving to Oregon SAQA. We will carpool, bring potluck items for lunch, Amy will be in touch with directions to Vera's and carpool info. Email Amy if you plan on attending. New Business Amy will demo making bias tape for Stained Glass and Celtic quilts at the September meeting.
Show & Tell
Amy brought her Butterflies and birch 3-D project, the tubular sculpture is covered in stitched birch bark from a photo printed on fabric. Then a branch of birch leaves and four swallowtail butterflies are added for embellishment.
At the Bandon Art Retreat, Amy decorated several T-shirts with Jacquard's decoulorant, clocks/gears had copper acrylic paint added to it, the alphabet was mixed with a checkerboard and diamond pattern on another, ginkgo leaves and a vine were two others she did. Kay and her daughter Sherry are both working on a wedding quilt for a relative. Corienne is busy spinning "Ocean Waves" blended wool/silk from the "Wool Factory" in Langlois on the coast. From the Black Sheep Festival she also has a blend of 4 different colors that she is plying. She spun with the weavers guild, for the "Sheep to Shawl" event at the county fair in August. Nancy is rushing to finish a project for the member's show at the Umpqua Valley Arts Center. She is using rusty train brake parts as her base for a textile scultpure. Wish her luck on her six day deadline!
During a house painting project, Vera cleaned up her sewing studio and found an embroidered dish towel, that she has made when she was 10 years old. A prelude to the artist she is today.
While away at a class, Vera's roommate was a crochet fanatic, and she sent Vera two beautiful crochet lace table runners, the one has butterflies at either end. Pat W. is still trying to figure out how to make a textile cube/box and we gave her construction ideas and advice on stabilizers.
Pat G. used a pattern from Modern Quilt Magazine she shrunk the pattern down to fit her Jinny Beyer sample square. She made a wall hanging with high contrast and accent colors, and straight stitched machine quilting.
Lorraine is going on a 7 day Alaskan Quilt Cruise with Pat G. in August. They were each given a challenge fabric to make a quilt block, someone in the quilt classes will win a selection of blocks. The theme is "Into the Wild Blue Yonder" and each of them used as small a piece of the fabric as they could, Lorraine's sailboat has the challenge fabric sails. Peggy shared that Fire Mountain Gems, now has a crafts catalog, as well as their beading catalog, they have Kumihimo cording and tools. She passed around two books on clay work, by quilter Sheryll Kahn.
Cheryl and her husband have been busy doing ice dyeing. She has made him a roundish meditation pillow and a t-shirt, that was the hit of the Black Sheep Festival, he had to stop and explain to everyone how he made it, and she got the time to look at the booths and buy.
Folded fabric ice dying created an interesting pattern, and scrunching created a softer blended look on Cheryl's fabric.
The free motion machine sample made on Landreth's Gammill machine was also treated to some ice dyeing, taking out the "Lime" green and making it a more complex fabric.
Cheryl has been VERY busy this month, also spinning some wool and other fibers, that she got at Black Sheep, and...
... she blended many colors of fibers by carding them into puni's ready for spinning.
Cheryl also brought her finished snap bag and thread catchers that she made at the Bandon Retreat.

Meredith brought some zucchini to share from her bountiful garden, and she has been busy canning.

Demo - Hands On Making embellishments, beads and buttons with clay was our demo fro the meeting. Several books went around to give people ideas, Poly Clay Techniques, by Sue Heaser, Creative Clay Jewelry by Leslie Dierks and Creating with Poly Clay by Steven Ford and Leslie Dierks, also a handout from Amy. Fimo, Sculpy and other bake clay were played with, and Peggy bought a no-bake variety.
We played with a pasta maker to make thin sheets and blend colors, rolling the sheets together, and we used a face mold. More time is needed to play so maybe we'll have a play day with the clay at some one's home.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Bandon Art Retreat 2014

Eight adventuresome artists headed for the Southern Oregon coast, on the way we stopped at a members home/studio for a studio tour and lunch. Landreth was a wonderful hostess, she had set up her Gamill long arm quilting machine for us to play on.
Cheryl took her turn on a lime green section, with a yellow flower or sun. There were lots of samples of Landreth's quilting patterns to follow. Most of us took turns trying to get a smooth quilting line. Her machine is set up with a stitch regulator, which most of us had never sewn with. It stops when you stop, and keeps a consistent stitch length. This made the daunting task of learning free motion quilting seem simpler.
Look at the smile on Tricia's face, is she having fun, or what? We had a delicious lunch of salmon loaf, crab puffs, clam chowder and green salad. Landreth out did herself feeding us a coastal extravaganza! We wandered around her studio, looking at all her art work, and she gave us each a chicken pincushion pattern with precut pieces. After lunch we headed South to Bandon and got checked in to the Retreat Center, above Forget-Me-Knots quilt shop. click here It is a wonderful space to work, large sewing tables, with a whole wall of design board, the opposite wall is floor to ceiling windows with wonderful sunshine and a view of "Old Town Bandon." A large kitchen, 2 bath, 3 bedrooms to sleep 8 artists with beautiful quilts on each bed. Extra rooms are set up as ironing stations and cutting tables. We got right to work, getting our sewing machines set up and beginning our projects.
Amy began by free motion quilting a large wall hanging that she had started at our first retreat 3 years ago. Two whole days of quilting, lots of texture and pattern in each of the petals. The flowers are all made with her hand dyed fabric from Vera's dyeing workshops.
Lorrie worked on her barn pattern, it had lots of small pieces. She tried very hard to make the Stream-a Seam work. She was very frustrated trying to remove the paper backing from the front or back.
Meredith worked with some black and white silk noil, trying very hard to get "balance" with her asymmetrical pieces. I'm not sure what project this is for. The rest of the time she spent with a jade green silk, making sections for her "Tombs of China-Terra Cotta Warriors" the project has been percolating in her head for ten years, and she finally feels she has the expertise to meet her vision. Vi worked on finishing a UFO, traditional piecing with white and bright fabric prints, lots of half square and quarter square triangles. We were up until at least 11pm, sewing and visiting. Dinner was potluck with Meredith making a stir fry, and lots of pasta salad, green salad and other goodies.
The next morning started early with 5 of us making a visit to the beach, it was beautiful, sunshine and no breeze, with a low tide. You can't ask for better from the coast.
Tracy and Cheryl found a driftwood throne to sit on. Lots of rock collecting and sea shells. Walking down the beach to the large rocks that give Bandon a distinctive look. Tricia walked the furthest and even walked back to the center.
The Retreat Center shares a parking lot with the new Face Rock Creamery, which replaced the old Bandon Cheese Factory. Meredith and Tracy's pair of yellow Smart cars, were getting lots of curious people taking pictures of their license plates BSMART and BSMARTR. We indulged in ice cream, cheese curds, and wine sampling at the Creamery. Several people walked back to "Old Town" to do some shopping in all the cute shops and touristy things.
We all had lunch out at the "Wheelhouse" with a view of the Marina. After lunch several of us went to the "Wool Factory" in Langlois, about 15 miles South of Bandon, she had a wonderful variety of fibers to choose from, and a nice display of needle felted art work by local people. Tracy and Amy got a selection of Merino/Silk blends in sky blue, darker ocean and a deep rich blue/brown combo.
Crystal joined us Tuesday morning and began to add sashes to her collection of Kaffe Fasset quilt blocks. She made great progress, even getting some of the borders on.
Then Crystal went on to sash and put together a set of children's "book pages" into a baby quilt.
Lorrie, Meredith and Vi consulting on a project.
Tracy spent her time making two large and one Jumbo size pillow for her daughter out of very glitzy fabrics. Her cute old Singer Feather Weight had difficulty with some of the fabrics. The glittery parts gummed up her needle and caused trouble. Sewing machine expert Vi, helped get her unstuck.
Tricia started the day with her fused applique of a flower, the pattern is her original drawing and her bright colors of yellow and gold was a stark contrast to the black background.
Tricia added her collected beach stones to her hand made batik stones, and worked on some design issues, trying to decide how to use them. Cheryl had been doing very small work making arms and legs etc.. for her tiny Teddy Bears. She hand stitched the small parts out of furry fabric.
After bears, Cheryl helped Tricia learn to do a needle felted face.
Cheryl and Tricia inspecting her large bin of hand dyed fabric. Lorrie and Vi, look through several magazines for ideas.
Amy ended the retreat by using Jacquard Decolourant on several T-shirts. She used stencils and a foam brush to apply the paste, then ironed to activate the bleaching process. After lunch on Wednesday, we all pitched in to clean up, and pack away our projects. We ended by trying to finish off the left overs, cantaloupe, salmon dip & crackers, bagels, pasta and stir fry. Tracy passed around her jars of home made jams and jellies, apple butter, peach, blue berry, almond/cherry to very appreciative participants.
And finally a black mail photo of Lorrie vacuuming, her husband does the vacuuming at home, so we have proof Lorrie knows how to do it! We all had a wonderful time! It was great to share space with creative, artistic like minded people. Thank you, all who participated!

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