Earth Day in the Studio

Happy Earth Day! In celebration I’d like to show you three ways to reuse all those plastic containers we encounter every day and how to use them in your studio. My geraniums came in these cute little baskets (above) from a gardening store. Perfect for thread storage, fat quarters, or sewing tools.

The flowers from this plastic planter are long gone but I’ve been using a set of these for dyeing for years.

And here is why drinking orange juice can pay off. Not only do you get lots of vitamin C but a container for your dyes as well. Any other ideas? I’d love to hear them.

And just so you know. This post was also recycled from years ago.

Wool for Stitching

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I don’t dye wool. But I do buy wool. And I have a favorite hand-dyed wool supplier you may be interested in,Tracy Trevethan. Tracy has a wide range of bright, clear colors.

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Check out the Wool Stitch Along

The wool Tracy dyes is perfect for the Wool Stitch along project where we make a leaf. The leaf is sort of a sampler of different embroidery stitches and combinations that make texture and pattern. So get some of that yummy wool by Tracy Trevethan and give it a try!

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Guest Artist: Wool Stitchery

sarahwoolLast fall was the debut of my new class: Improvisational Hand Embroidery on Wool.  And with delight, I am happy to show you this piece by Sarah. Sarah’s hand embroidery on wool began with a simple sketch she made it the class that she transferred to the fabric. Then she filled in the shapes with gorgeous hand work. Thanks for sharing your art work with us Sarah!

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Here’s an Idea

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Bird and Ladybug by Laura Wasilowski

I often wonder what people do with my patterns after they purchase them. Recently, I saw a version of the Bird and Lady Bug pattern as an auction piece at the Dallas Quilt Show. Hope it made big money for a good cause!

lorraynespillowAnd then there is this pillow by Lorrayne. She has placed the Going Home pattern design on a pillow topper. She also stitched the edges of the fabric elements by machine. That way she can wash the pillow without worrying about frayed fabric edges. Thanks for sharing your work with us Lorrayne!

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