Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Blast From the Past

While looking for a quilt in my storage area I came across this quilt that I made in 2004. I don't work this way anymore, but I sure had fun making this one. I called it Roller Coaster. It won a second place in its division at our local guild show.

It was mostly paper pieced and fused. That checkered part was woven.  I remember quilting in Jeans thread because I wanted the quilting to stand out. 

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Shibori Do-over

I had made a shibori silk scarf awhile ago, just turquoise and white pole-wrapped, pretty, but not very interesting. Sorry that I didn't take a picture. I decided to overdye it and clamp it with big jar lids that I held in place with spring clamps. I over dyed it in sun yellow, hoping that the turquoise that was exposed would be lime green with the circles staying turquoise and white. Here is the result.

Again, pretty, but not quite what I expected. The circles were very blurry, which made me suspect that the spring clamps did not clamp down tight enough and allowed dye to seep in around the edges. It was also a much brighter green than I expected.

Sooooo, let's do it again.

This time I used metal can lids and clamped down very tightly with C-clamps and chopsticks tightened with rubber bands. I used Olive Green for the dye.

Much better, don't you think? I liked the sharp edges to the circles and the somewhat dulled down color of the green.

I'm not sure what caused the brown halos around part of the circles or the little pig tails, but I like it.

I want to do some more, now that I know the secret to sharper edges. I would like to get some acrylic shapes. Squares would be fun, too.