Friday, August 19, 2011

He's Home

I brought Warren home today. We made him comfy in the recovery recliner. We bought it for me when I had shoulder surgery, & have gotten a lot of use out of it ever since, for every surgery & bronchitis that we've had since then. It was well worth the investment. It's in our bedroom.
Broc was happy we were home. He's not used to being home alone for so long. He liked the bag that Warren had his robe in.
       I did get some quilting finished this week. I finished Wendy's Reindeer Runner, while I watched over Warren in the hospital. I'll try to get a photo of it tomorrow before I deliver it over to Wendy, & post it later. I'm going to be early tonight. We're both whipped.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

More Shibori with Silk & cotton

My sister Em asked for a shot of the deck skirt, so here it is. Warren worked on the first of 4 raised beds that will go in this corner of the back yard too. The other 3 wil have to wait until next summer, as he will be having his right knee replaced on Tuesday.

I've been working in the studio. I put the old Microwave oven in the corner, & set up all the Acid dyes that I just bought for dying.
I bought some black silk & tried discharging it with bleach, but it wouldn't discharge at all! so...I got out my Lumier paints, & painted it instead. The fabric on the right pole was a black cotton, & it did discharge without any problem, but the silk didn't fade one bit.The silks are the one on the left with the rocks, & the piece draped behind the 2 poles.
One of the pieces that I dyed at Sandy's house, the one with the large rocks, I stuffed the back side with bits of wool batting,( left from some traupunto project a while ago),

Then I basted a piece of cotton batting on, & stitched a flat backing, & quilted the whole thing from the front, & also added a cord for wearing it....
I left the edges on the front piece raw, but burned them a little to seal the edges. Now I can wear it like a little piece of art.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Michelle's Birthday

Just a quick post to say I'm still here, just busy with life. Above is a little piece that I sent to my DD, Michelle for her birthday. It's a tiny bit of the Shibori silk that I made using beads to shape the silk (removed after it dried), so they are soft little puffs of fabric.. Bits if the hand-dyed silk, some Angelina fibers, some foil, some grass cloth, tuelle, wire & beads are all worked into the little piece. It's a 2 x3 inch art piece that took about 6 hours to create. No I wouldn't make them to sell.

Below are some little red dresses made from Friendly Plastic & beads.