Dyeing scarves with silk ties revisited

Last year I wrote this post on dyeing silk scarves with silk ties. I thought it was time for an update especially since I was going to be demonstrating the technique on one of our local television stations. Here I am on the set of the WEHT Local Lifestyles with Ange, the host, yesterday before…

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Organizing and more

Can you believe the summer is almost over? I sure can’t. Here is a little of what I’ve been up to the last couple of weeks. I have been reading this organizing book since I have a strong urge to move stuff out of here! I really like her idea of organizing not by room,…

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Dyeing Vintage Napkins

I’m always on the lookout for linens when I’m out thrift shopping. I’m really attracted to the  damask pattern which are usually white. They remind me of home. On special occasions Mom would get out the iron, starch up one of her tablecloths, and drape it on the dining room table. For some reason I…

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Getting ready for my first exhibit

I am so excited! I will be showing some of my pieces –  mostly ice dyed fabric – at one of our local libraries this month. I’ve been busy getting stuff ready. Here are a couple of the pieces I dyed awhile back – two of my favorite pieces. I wish I would have mounted…

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Gelli printing with potato mashers/wisk

On my way to the grocery yesterday, I just had to stop by Traderbakers, a permanent flea market. I haven’t been in there for a while, so I was looking forward to seeing if they had anything I might use in my art processes. I will be taking a batik class in April at Making…

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Our Homemade Christmas Ornaments

Every Christmas we make each other ornaments. This all started back in 2005 – our first Christmas together. Dave blogs about this ornament and our tradition. I decided that I’d start to make us an ornament each year too. Before I show you the one I made for Dave, here is the one he made…

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Mixing Fiber Reactive Dyes

Even though I’ve been using fiber reactive dyes now for about two years, I’ve never mixed “pure” dyes to make specific colors. I always just bought the premixed colors. After taking Jane Dunnewold’s Craftsy class, The Art of Cloth Dyeing, I thought I’d try to mix some with her formulas. On this day I dyed…

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Review: Cut-Up Couture

I was so excited to review this new Interweave publication. According to Interweave, Cut-up Couture: Edgy Upcycled Garments to Sew by Koko Yamase is “a cutting-edge design book that teaches how to use the copious fabric in men’s clothing to make 34 innovative garments and accessories. The simple sewing techniques showcase how to turn men’s…

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Reducing Our Impact

Yesterday I watched OWN’s Super Soul Sunday which showed a documentary,  “No Impact Man,”  about New York City residents Colin Beavan, his wife, and daughter who spent a year working to decrease their impact on the environment. This included no television, no automated transportation, and no toilet paper. They switched from eating out to buying…

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