Sunday, April 30, 2006

New Art Quilts

Here is one of my first attempts at fusing a quilt top. I used twelve colors of low water immersion dyed cloth to create this. I like the way that I can compose the top and have the flexibility to re-arrange the pieces before the final fusing. I have Melody Johnson's blog to thank for this new approach!

This new quilt was made with both dyed and painted cloth. I used Setacolor Shimmers to make circles in the border and little wisps around the pieced center. Click on the image for a larger view.

Thursday, April 27, 2006

Batik using Soy Wax

I have always wanted to try batik, however the fumes that are emitted and the work required to remove the wax and possibly bringing it to the dry cleaner was not very appealing. However .................. another fiber artist, Rayna Gillman, told me about using soy wax and I have now fallen in love with batik. Soy wax is a natural product, comes in flake form and has no odor. The best part to using it is that it comes out of the fabric very easily. I do an initial ironing between sheets of old newspaper, using my American Beauty iron (a great buy from eBay) and then the fabric is heated in hot 140F water with a little bit of Synthrapol.

This piece was done by applying different colors of MX dye, waxing out what I wanted to keep and then adding new colors in layers. When I finished, I crumpled the fabric to makes all of the fine line details, so typical of batik, and then dyed it a dark purple. Here is a detail.

I also wanted to try a piece that uses the traditional tjanting tool for line work and mark making. So I decided to continue with my "Nest" series. This piece will eventually be quilted into a small wall quilt, with more to come in this batik series.

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Two new Bracelets

Here are two of my latest creations. The band is made with Delicas and then embellished with 11s and an center row of Swarovski crystals.