Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Here We Go Again!

The most unique Shibori of the day.  Amy Greif twisted and tied the folded and tied again before dyeing and achieving this    beautiful result.  Great job, Amy!

A beautiful Itajime Shibori by Amy Greif using ceramic tiles clamped with a couple of twist and ties, fantastic result.

Another of Marilyn's Shibori pieces on pre-used silk

This lovely Itajime Shibori was created by Amy Greif using small ceramic tiles and clamps.  Beautiful results

Marilyn Hines decided to add some red Salvia blossom while folding and clamping a piece of old silk befdore dyeing in Indigo.

I used a previously printed piece of silk habotai with canning jar lids to create this Itajime Shibori

Camelia, Yellow Marigolds, Grape Leaves all joined together to help Lee Gates ;create this lovely print.

This is just an adorable little print of bleed through from Camelias, a few Casuarina needles, and a little coil of iron wire.  by Lee Gates.

This lovely print of Louis Phillipe rose petals and the yellow petals from Yellow Tagetes (Marigolds) is soft and lovely.  Nice work, Lee Gates.

Lee Gates is getting bolder with the Camelias and wild grape leaves!

Lee Gates did a marvelous job with her second shot at Camelia Japonica blue color

Amy Grief did an outstanding job on her Itajime Shibori piece on cotton

Marilyn Hines did a fine job with her first-ever Shibori piece

Another pirnt with the lovely Camelia blossoms by Bonnie

A large Albizia seedbpod was tthe basis for this print

I love the blue from Camelia japonica blossoms in this print

Bonnie Rackliffe-Weisser created some lovely paper prints with assorted fdresh and dried plant materials

Marilyn Hines with a beautiful cochineal on cotton Itajime print.

I love the effect I achieved using a piece of cotton gauze first dyed yellow with willow leaves, then over dyed with indigo

Marilyn Hines used cochineal and yellow Tagetes petals (Marigolds) to dress up the previously unsuccessful prints on cotton

Amy Grief does a great job with canning jar lids clamped Itajime style

They Made Me Proud Again!

We held another workshop at the Pioneer Florida Museum last Sunday, and had another spectacular day of dyeing and printing.  My students worked so hard and were so creative, I was just a out to bust at the seams with their results. I explained the Itajime Shibori Technique to them and turned them loose.  I had prepared an indigo vat and large pot of Cochineal dye  The following photos will reveal how much fun they had and how creative was their thinking.

Indigo on soy mordanted cotton, using canning jar lids, clamped Itajime Shibori by Bonnie Rackliffe-Weisser

A portion of the above piece after being overdyed with cochineal by Bonnie.

The blogspot has decided to shift my blog post arouund again, so I shall publish this part then start anew.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Almost time to do it again!

This month has flown by.  What with the Farm Fest and Quilt Show at the Pioneer Florida Museum, I have barely had time to catch my breath, but it is nearly time for the next workshop.  It will be held on Sunday, February 15, 2015 at the Pioneer Florida Museum in Dade City, Florida.  If you need additional information, contact the Museum at 352-567-0262..  I know that Quilting is not part of my dyeing blog normally, but I want to share with you a tour de force by a dear friend of mine in her 80's.  One day (two years ago)  a lady came into the Museum with a box of cut patches and a few started quilt blocks and said that an 80 year old friend of hers had given her the patches over 30 years ago but that she had not been able to make anything from them.  She didn't want to throw them away and wondered if the Museum could use them.  I looked through the patches and saw a lovely collection of 1920's and 1930's fabrics and said "Yes, this is a great historical collection of fabric designs that can be preserved for history."  I asked one of my dye students, who is also  marvelous hand quilter, if she thought she could put these patches together to make some wall hangings that could be displayed at the Museum.  My friend took the box of patches and last week presented me with  7 little quilts to hang in the Quilt Show..  One of the little quilt was an "inchies" pattern with 1,088 little pieces put together with 1/8" seams.  It won the Curator's Choice Award at the show.  I just wanted to share the photo with you to show that no matter what your age, you are still able to be creative and create art in several forms.  The 7 little quilts will become a part of the permanent collection at the Pioneer Florida Museum.  I hung the quilts last Fridasy, and on Saturday, opening day of the Quilt Show, the lady who had donated the patches returned and asked if anything had been able to be done with the patches.  I told her I had just hung the little quilts made from the patches.on Friday, and that the quilter who had put them together was up at the barn where the show was hung, making pine needle baskets.  The lady was overjoyed and went up to see the show and ifnd the quilter.  They met and she thanked Marilyn profusely, took photos of the little quilts and e-mailed them back to her friend's granddaughter who was overjoyed that her grandmother's work would live on.  A great day for all!

Thank you, Marilyn Hines for this lovely "inchies" quilt.  Great Job!