Monday, May 29, 2017

New Shop on Facebook!

I have moved my shop to Facebook, and will be adding items over the coming weeks & months.  I hope you will follow the link located in the right column and browse what I have listed so far... and don't forget to let your friends/family know!  Here are a few of the items I have listed so far:

Elegant Drape Jacket

Ladies Tie-dye tank top

Infant Short Sleeve Tie-dye Romper

If you go out to my facebook shop and "Like" my page, you should get updates whenever I add new items to the shop.  Let me know how you like it, or if you have any suggestions for items you would like to see listed there!

Sunday, May 14, 2017

So many new things, so little time!

I have been in a flurry of activity lately, and really enjoying it, but have neglected to write about it! Let me see if I can remember everything and make note of it now.
First off, I have been working over the past year on several coiled vessels, such as this one:

I wanted to make a vase-like structure, then decided to make some flowers to go with it.  The flowers I made for this one were out of fabric scraps, and they took a long time to complete, but they did the job.  
Other vessels were embellished with dried arrangements, but I wanted more options.  So my next step was to try making paper flowers.  Here is one of my first attempts:

I like these, but they are limited and size-wise are fairly large.  So out to the internet I went on a quest for information, and I ended up ordering this book:

This of course let me to start gathering various papers, stem materials, etc. to begin learning the fine art of making paper flowers.  I will be reporting about this in future posts... have yet to find time to get into it, but hope to clear the worktable off soon!

Meanwhile, I recently joined a Facebook group of fellow bowl and vessel makers, and have been truly inspired by all their beautiful work!  And I have finally begun to learn how to make vessels with necks, such as this:
I just finished this one yesterday, and hope to have flowers to go with it soon!

So while all that has been going on, I also joined another Facebook group on Alcohol Inks... a very exciting medium, and one I have wanted to explore for awhile now.  While I was waiting to order some supplies, I reached back into my cache of saved inspirations and decided to revisit using permanent markers and alcohol to color silk scarves.  I had a few Chiffon scarves that I had bought to dye with regular Procion MX dyes, but the first few I tried last year came out horrid (in my opinion!), so I decided I would experiment on Chiffon with the markers & alcohol.  I drew some simple designs on the first one, and thought it would end up in the trash can until I applied 91% alcohol to it... I wish I had made a video of the transformation, but here is the end result:

That sold me...  I had to try more!  And I have written about it on "...And Then We Set it on Fire", scheduled for later this month.  I'm guest blogging this month, so check it out. 
Needless to say, I am now shopping for more permanent markers... only thing is I need to wait to get back to this until I can open the windows to air out the alcohol smell, so stay tuned on that!
And most recently, I have added a new summer dress to my clothing line:

This is a flat-weave rayon, cut for a loose easy fit with side slits... takes the dyes beautifully, and I hope they will be a big seller for summer.  
Okay, time to get back to all these fun activities!  I will do my best to post a little more frequently, but can't promise... just not enough time to do all the things I keep finding to try!  

Sunday, March 26, 2017

More jackets and a new bowl

I got busy this month and dyed some more of my new jackets.  These are both ice dyed... I love the color separation, especially on the first one!

And I just had to make a bowl with these two fabrics... love the colors together!

This view shows the air-dryed clay bead I made to accent the medallion.

I've got a little break coming in April - the Arts Connection gallery will be exhibiting the 15th Annual Recycled Art show, so I won't be gallery sitting and will have some time to do a little more ice-dyeing, hopefully!  Oh, and we're working on a garage clean-out, and the weather is warming a little, so I'll be playing in the garden too.  Time flies when you keep coming up with projects, right? 

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Back to work!

After spending time experimenting with some painting techniques on paper and fabric, I finally got back to work creating items to sell in the gallery:

I was inspired to make this vessel from a picture I saw on-line of a yarn-wrapped vessel.  I love the shape, although I wanted a little longer 'neck'... maybe next time I will get there.

Our gallery manager asked if I could make a jacket in light, spring green tones for the front window display.  Above is my first one - almost looks like spring grasses peaking out from under the snow.

Here is one of my new jacket styles - rayon waterfall jacket, done in a "novas" style with the same greens I used for the cotton jacket shown above it.  Interesting how the colors translate differently between the cotton and rayon, isn't it?
I have a third jacket in dyeing now - slightly different style, but I think it will be a popular one. Here's a photo of one, un-dyed:

I think these are going to come out really great - eye-catchers for sure!  Stay tuned... I will post pix of the dyed ones soon...

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

New Year, new projects!

I can't believe how long it's been since my last post!  It got really busy there for awhile, but I'm ready to take a little time to play with some new techniques!  I actually started playing in this area last year, but got stuck and put things aside.  Well, I just got a copy of Sherrill Kahn's DVD "Acrylie Paint Pizzazz Collage Techniques for Paper & Fabric", which is a great companion to her 2 books which I got a year or so back.
Here are a couple of shots of some of my playtime, waiting for the DVD to arrive:
Various paints applied with brushes, sponge stamps and a patterned brayer (thanks Lynda Heines, for the info on these!).

I decided to cull through a huge selection of magazines I have amassed over the years, clipping out words and images I might be able to use in some collages.
Got these books at least a year ago, and fell in love with Sherrill's work!

Recently found out about this DVD - it's the ABC's of Sherrill's techniques, and I can't wait to dive in and start trying them out.  I have started an order of paints, and am making sure I have all supplies on hand, then I'll dive in!
On another note, I have had a fabulous year selling my work at the Arts Connection Gallery in the Flagstaff Mall!  We have been there a little more than a year now, and have had great support from shoppers all year!
Happy New Year to you all, and I hope to have some results to post soon!

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Time to play!

It has been my custom over the last several years to reserve some time between the end of one craft show season and the beginning of the next, to experiment and play with new techniques, try out ideas for new products, and just let the creative ideas flow.  This year will be no different, and I have already begun to play with some ideas that have been fermenting in the back of my mind for some time: thread bowls!  What on earth is that, you ask?  Well, here are a few I have finished:

These bowls are more delicate than my coiled fabric bowls, but I love how they look!  And I love that I can use thread scraps as well as Angelina fibers and other fiber scraps... lots of possibilities here!  I learned the basics from a tutorial I found online, written by Wendy Hill.  I later ordered her book 

"Fast, Fun & Easy Incredible Thread-A-Bowls: 2 Techniques-5 Projects-Unlimited Possibilities", which describes the process and suggests several projects.  

I have also been working on creating some tree ornaments for the Arts Connection Gallery Holiday Tree:

 The birds above are fabric fused on timtex, a double-sided fusible heavy interfacing; the edge is a dense zigzag stitch.

The cactus are fabric stitched to a batting.  #1 has a soft green covered with a lacy overcoat embellished with sequins; #2 is the soft green fabric, with beaded "light strings" hand stitched on both sides; #3 is the green fabric, overlaid with Angelina Fiber.  I'm not big on making seasonal items, but decided to do what I could to add to the holiday decor.
I also took a brief foray into making a couple of bowls from heat-moldable double sided fusible interfacing - geez, that's a mouthful, isn't it?  Anyway, I've seen some examples in quilt stores of items made with this product, and decided to give it a try.  The jury is still out on the product... it's a pretty arduous task to use it, so I'll try again over time.  Here are my first results:

These don't photograph well as bowls, and in truth, they are fairly shallow.  I think I will do some research to find what others have done with this product before I try any other projects with it.
Well, that's my story!  I will post further over the next couple of months as I dabble in this and that... meanwhile, happy Election Day!

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Ramping up for October shows

Since Flagstaff Open Studios tour in late August, I have been working hard to add to my inventory for the 2 shows coming up later this month: Holiday Artists' Marketplace coming October 22, and Autum Leaves and Holly, October 28 & 29.  See Show Dates for more details.  here are some of the items I have been working on:
Covered Journals

Inside of a covered journal

Covered notepads

Inside of a covered notepad

Coiled fabric bowls - green series
I have plenty of my tie-dye shirts and jackets, currently on sale at the Arts Connection gallery at the Flagstaff Mall, and lots of my dyed silk and rayon scarves, so there will be plenty of selection at the shows, and ongoing at the gallery after the October shows.  Great opportunities for early gift shopping, or just to splurge and treat yourself!
Back to the studio I go... you never know what will emerge next!