Colorful Rope Coasters

I’ve been kind of obsessed with playing with rope. This time it’s making colorful rope coasters. To get the beautiful colors I dyed my rope with just three fiber reactive dyes: Cerulean Blue, Fuchsia, and Golden Yellow. (If you are not interested in using these dyes, the rope could be dyed with Tulip or other…

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Dyeing with Blackberries

Lots of harvesting going on here and that means I need to inventory and clean out the freezers. I meant to do this earlier in the summer when the produce was still in the garden, but I just didn’t make time for it. While cleaning out the freezers I found a couple bags of old…

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Clothesline Bowls

Judy “Tie Dye” Sall, a fellow artist and wonderful fabric dyer, encouraged me to make these clothesline bowls several years ago. Check out her blog here. I bought the clothesline and a book,  but just didn’t get around to until I signed up for Alisa Burke’s class. She calls them rope bowls. I decided to…

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More Dyeing and Irises

Since launching my online class, Icy Delights, I have been trying to catch up with what I wanted and needed to do and had put off while getting that class ready. Unfortunately, it has rained a lot so I’ve not got my mulching and weeding done. My goal is to have it completed by the…

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Class Spiral Bandanas

How about some color from the kids today? I taught another bandana dyeing class at Patchwork Central after-school program this week. Last year half of the class got to dye bandanas. This post shows the results from that class. We found that the design was taking way too long, so this class I focused on…

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Best of 2015 Tutorials

As we end another year, I am again looking back on my favorite tutorials, or what I consider my best of 2015.  I hope you liked them. If you missed them, here are the links. I started the year with a soy wax batik tutorial on my Back-to-Basics video series.  LINK Dyeing with ties was…

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Bandana dyeing at Patchwork

Last week I spent some time at Patchwork Central showing the kids in the Arts & Smarts after school program how to dye bandanas with fiber reactive dyes.  I’ve known Jane Vickers, the head of this program, for years and interviewed her when I wrote a newspaper column on local artists. So when she asked…

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November Happenings

I can’t believe it’s already November. Where has this year gone? This will be a busy, but really fun month. I am so excited to be teaching two classes locally. The first up will be my Easy and Fun Silk Scarf Dyeing at Scattered Art in Newburgh, Indiana. If you are local, there is still…

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Ice dyeing inspired by another

I saw a piece of ice dyed fabric recently that just made my heart do flips. Well, not really, but I absolutely loved it. After studying it multiple times I decided I’d try to duplicate it. This whole process reminds me of my mom. She was a great seamstress. We’d go shopping for prom dresses…

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