Monday, April 6, 2015

New Tutorial!

I have been wanting for some time to create a tutorial on soy wax batik, a technique I have enjoyed using for several years now.  I have posted a number of times on various projects where I have used soy wax... even created a class hand-out demonstrating a couple of techniques I use.  Recently, I saw a post on Carol Eaton's blog describing a project where she used soy wax, and I commented on the post.  We e-mailed back and forth about some difficulty she had removing the wax, and the end result was an invitation from her to be a guest blogger so I could share the techniques I use for applying and removing the wax.  So, thanks to Carol, I have finally added a tutorial to my blog! Just click on the Tutorial tab above and scroll down to the link.  It's not a video like some of my others, but it has lots of process pictures and written guides to help you along.  So if you've been wanting to try soy wax batik, I hope this will encourage you to give it a try!  Here are a few examples of projects where I have used it:
Stamped with found objects, then dye painted 

Stamped with found objects, dye painted, mounted on painted canvas

Autumn leaves stamped on with sponge stamps over a pre-dyed shirt, then over-dyed with browns

Monday, March 9, 2015

Getting back to work...

My creativity has been on hiatus this past month, waiting for my studio to be expanded.  Last Friday, it was officially done, and I began the arduous task of moving everything back in from the garage... definitely grunt work, but welcome!  I have missed my sanctuary, and look forward to spending many magical hours enjoying my new space!  Here are a few pix to introduce you to it:
My new project station with storage underneath - it is 4' x 8', so plenty of room to play!  

This is the sewing area with cutting table at the back and sewing machine in front.  I have since moved a 4' folding table to the right of the cutting table.

The larger closet with new sliding doors... plenty of room for storing various craft supplies here!

Here are Lawrence and Richard laying the laminate flooring.  These two work miracles and I am always happy with the end result... thanks, guys!
I already have some tote bags in progress... couldn't wait to get back to it, so I had some fabric ready for the grand re-opening of my studio!  But they will have to wait... today I head to Sedona with my friend Joyce to meet Sherrie Spangler for a day of shopping, checking out Cottonwood, and warm sunshine!  Stay tuned...

Monday, January 19, 2015

Off to a great start!

2015 already promises to be a fun year for me!  I have found a new niche product with my hand dyed grocery totes - already sold 36 this month to a friend, and didn't even have time to take pix of the newest ones.  I have an order in for Kona cotton, replenished my grosgrain ribbon for handles, and hope to have a new batch ready soon.  Meanwhile, here is a picture of some that I sold to my friend:

Next on my list of things to share with you is my upcoming studio remodel, slated to be done in late February.  My hubby currently has a workroom next to my studio, and we have decided to move him to the existing seldom-used "Guest" room across the hall so that I can have the wall knocked out between my studio and his old work room, giving me double the studio space!  I'm over the moon about this, as it will give me more room for storage and a central core where I can set up work tables and hopefully have some small classes for dyeing, batik, printing, etc. Here are some shots of my current studio, with most of my materials removed to the garage:
North and east walls
East and south walls
South and west walls
West and north walls
The north wall will be torn out, and the carpet in both rooms removed and replaced by laminate flooring.  And the closet will be retrofitted with sliding mirrored doors for easier access.  I did not take pix yet of the other room as it is filled to capacity right now.  I plan to get shots when the clutter is gone, promise!
On another front, I am getting ready to start offering some of my scarves and wall art at the Artists' Coalition of Flagstaff's new gallery location in Tam's Boutique, 117 N Beaver St. in Flagstaff.  We will have a grand opening of the gallery part at First Friday Art Walk in February, so I'm hoping all my friends in Flagstaff will come out!   Here is one of the pieces I plan to show next month, a fiber collage I created in 2013:
It is currently suspended from a different piece of Juniper, but I don't have a picture of it, so this will have to do.
Finally, my first show of the year will be in April which seems like a long time away, but I know the time will fly by so I must get back to work to replenish my inventory!   Happy New Year to you all!

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Finishing out the year

My show season ended last weekend with the Mountain Campus Holiday Show,
 and I am busy working to finish up some custom orders:
This is a variation on my Autumn Leaves batik, but the buyer wanted greens instead of the traditional autumn colors.  I think I will need to make more of these!
This is an experiment I did on a Habotai silk scarf with an allover leaf pattern.  I won't go into all the complexities of the process I used, but it is the first batik I have successfully achieved on silk.
Next on my list is an order to dye 20 shirts for a local artist who will be screen printing an original design on them, then selling to a shop in nearby Williams... can't wait to see how they turn out!  
And I am hoping to sell some of my work to Flagstaff General Store, a new store that opened on Friday. 
I have lots of half-formed ideas stewing in my brain that I hope to hatch in the coming months... another winter of tinkering, imagining, experimenting... I love these months between shows when I get to play!  Then before I know it, another season will start and I'll be off and running again.  I hope to do a little better job of posting here... lately it has just been too hectic to even think!  So bear with me as I take a breath, stare off into space for a few moments, then get back on track!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Around the World Blog Hop

I received an invitation from Lynda Heines to participate in the Around the World Blog Hop... how kewl is that?!  Lynda and I have become creative buddies over the past year or so... she has written some great posts about her creative endeavors, and you can see them here.
Okay, on to the questions!

1. What am I working on?  I received several special orders from customers this past weekend at the Autumn Leaves and Holly Arts and Crafts show, so I have been working to get my materials together to complete them by Nov. 1, the date of my next show.  One of the orders is for my hand dyed cotton twill grocery totes:
I was thrilled to sell all of those shown above to a friend BEFORE the show opened, so I had to take orders from another customer!  Off I went to the fabric store today, and found the cotton twill on sale for 50% off... woo-hoo!  I also took orders for my Autumn Leaves shirts, Circular Scarves, and an oval coiled fabric bowl, so I'm going to  be a busy gal for a couple of weeks!

2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?  I started learning how to tie-dye almost 17 years ago, and tried my hand at pretty traditional patterns at first.  But gradually, I began to experiment with non-traditional patterns... example, here is a fairly traditional swirl:
I still love these, but have gradually moved more toward these:

3. Why do I write/create what I do?  I have always needed to create, ever since I was a little girl... it's the icing on the cake for me!  And I love to write about it, so I can share my experiences with others who love to work with fiber, dyes, and color.

4. How does my writing/creating process work?  No real hard and fast rules... something inspires me to try a new technique, pattern, etc.  I spend time browsing a number of blogs of fellow artists, and have learned a lot an been inspired to try new things I see there.
And speaking of being inspired, I have invited Jeanne Aird to join in the Blog Hop!  Jeanne is a fiber artist and fellow dyer, and I really admire the work she does!  You can see her work here.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Getting ready for the Fall show circuit!

This time of year is my busy time.  Starting with the Flagstaff Open Studios Tour at the end of August, I have several shows throughout the fall to keep me busy!  So I have been working hard to beef up my stock this past month.  I did take a break to do a small outdoor show last Sunday:
We had some rain and cool temps, but I still sold some shirts, so all was not lost!
Here are some of the shirts I have been working on recently:
Stitched design in Copper, gold and sage green

Autumn Leaves batik with moss green background
Crochet scarf in cool colors

I have coiled fabric bowls and twill cotton totes in progress as well.  

And here is the flier for our next show, coming up in less than 2 weeks!  I'm on the committee for the show, and we're really excited - this is our second year doing this show, and we have 31 artists and crafters participating in the event... lots of beautiful, hand crafted items will be available for our shoppers!  So if you are going to be in the Flagstaff area, I do hope you will stop by and enjoy the show!  
Okay, back to the salt mines... I will update soon with more show information!

Monday, September 8, 2014

Another stash buster project

As you may recall from previous posts, I am always trying to find ways to use up my ever-growing fabric stash!  Here are a couple of shots of the grubby piles:

This doesn't include the bins I have of smaller pieces!  As you can see, it has become a problem... but I have come up with another project to use some of it up - Composition Book covers!  I have done some before, but recently, my fiber arts buddy Lynda Heines posted about making covers on her blog.  You can see her post here.    I made a couple using instructions I got on you tube, but they did not look that great... thanks to Lynda, I learned I could eliminate one step - top stitching the edges - and that helped a lot!  Here is one I finished yesterday:

At this rate, it will take another 100 years to use up my stash, but I love how it came out!  Hopefully, I will get several done before my October and November shows... think this would make a nice holiday gift, don't you?  Time to get back to the piles!