Saturday, December 03, 2011

Alpaca-Silk fiber to spin

I am really excited to start spinning this gorgeous hand-dyed alpaca-silk blend that I recently bought on Etsy. It is so soft! There are long repeats of color in the roving, so I hope to maintain that in the plied yarn, so it knits up in a gradation of color in the scarf pattern I chose. I will post progress photos over the next couple of weeks. Time to go oil my Kromski Minstrel!

Sunday, March 06, 2011

Progress on Nest #3

I have been working on my newest felt, adding embellishments for the nest structure. I am pleased with how it is coming along, with plans to continue building up the nest and to add a bird image, done with hand stitching.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Felting Demo at Artworks! Gallery

Last Saturday, February 19th, I gave a two hour demonstration at Artworks! in New Bedford, MA. This was part of the juried exhibition of the Massachusetts & Rhode Island Surface Design Association members, that I curated. Two of my felt pieces were juried into the show, so I wanted to educate the public on the process that I use to create my art work, with this one having a "nest" theme. I had a captive audience who asked a lot of great questions, as I showed the step by step process. I promised them that I would post the finished and dry felt, so here it is, everyone! It is not complete yet!!! I still have a lot of hand stitching and embellishing to do to my nest and perhaps add an image of a bird in there. I will post when I have completed the piece.

 I am laying out the first layers of wool

 The wool is laid out, with yarns laid in for the nest
and is now ready to felt

Here is the final felted piece, which had about a 30% 
shrinkage and now is ready to stitch

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Itajime Shibori - "Indigo Moons"

Itajime shibori is the Japanese name for what we can simply call "fold and clamp". The cloth is folded and then part of it is clamped, on both sides of the fabric, with similar shapes of wood. 

I found a nice set of wood shapes at Michaels Craft Store, ranging from round, to oval, to rectagular. They were made of 1/4 inch plywood - very sturdy for this process.

The following example of Itajime has been titled "Indigo Moons". I started with white cotton and prepared it using bomaki shibori. Then after one dip in the indigo vat, I let it oxidize and used my new round wood shapes to complete the itajime. After a second dip in indigo, I re-clamped it with a smaller round shape and dyed it one more time. I love the resulting patterns.


Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Karamatsu and Makiage Shibori

These two new pieces, which were done on linen, continue with my passion for stitched shibori. Each one had two 45 second dips in the indigo vat. 

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Shibori and Indigo

Here are my latest pieces of indigo-dyed shibori, using the pre-reduced indigo from PRO Chemical & Dye. I used linen for each piece, which was done in a stitched resist process of creating pattern and shaping the fabric before it was dyed in the indigo vat.

I love stitching for its rhythmic, meditative nature which is very relaxing. The mark it imparts is so beautiful. 
This first piece is my entry for the Member Exhibition at the SDA Conference, Confluence, in June. I will also be teaching a 5 day pre-conference workshop at the SDA Conference titled "The Magic of Indigo". You will have your own vat to work with, while learning the basics of shibori - stitched, fold and clamp, bound resist, pole wrapping and lots more!!! You'll go home with a great stash of beautiful indigo dyed textiles.
You can register for my workshop online.