In Search of Purple

purpledyeI dye fabric with Procion MX fiber reactive dyes and rely upon consistent dye formulas made by the manufacturers. But if they no longer make a certain dye color or change the formula, then my colorways must change too.

spiceroad

The famous Spice Road.

That is what happened with a purple dye that I used for years dyeing such wonderful colorways as Avocado Squash, Black Orchid, and the famous Spice Road. The search for a replacement purple is on meaning that my threads and fabric colorways will change slightly. Stay tuned. I’ll try to update the colorways in the Artfabrik Store as soon as I can.

Save

Save

Save

Save

What to Do with Cheesecloth

smallworld7

Small World #7   by Laura Wasilowski

One of the more unusual things I dye is cheesecloth. Lately I’ve been dyeing it for the April IQF Chicago and AQS Paducah shows. You may well ask “how do you use this loosely woven fabric in your fused art work, Laura?” Thank you for asking. I use it for texture. Here you see it as the sun in the sky. Don’t you love that checkered texture?

Here’s how to prepare cheesecloth for fusing:

cheesecloth11. Apply fusible web to one layer of the cheesecloth. I recommend Misty Fuse, a light weight fusible web that won’t clog up the gaps in the cheesecloth with glue as much as other fusible webs. Use parchment paper to transfer the glue to the fabric.

cheesecloth22. After the fabric cools, remove the parchment paper. Place the fabric back on the parchment paper and fold and squish the cheesecloth as much as you want.

cheesecloth33. Apply another piece of parchment paper to the top of the fabric so it is in a sandwich of paper. Fuse the folds in place using a hot iron.

cheesecloth44. After it cools remove the papers from the cheesecloth. cheesecloth5a5. Cut the cheesecloth into shapes or place the whole piece onto another fabric background. Cover it with parchment paper and fuse into place. Isn’t that texture terrific?

You can see all the colors we have in stock at the shows. Give it a try!

Save

Save

Save

Save

Joyful Heart

valentine2

Valentine #2 by Laura Wasilowski

May you have a joyful heart this Valentine’s Day. May your day be full of love for your family, your friends, your pet, your garden, your home, your art.

And when you get that box of chocolates, please invite me over.

Silk Stitch Along #17: Finishing the Edges

silkgardenembroideryTime to finish this small embroidery and dream of making the next one. In the beginning you’ll remember that we fused the silk background fabric and ironed it to a smaller piece of batting leaving a 1″ boarder of fabric around the edge. We’ll wrap that edge to the back now, finishing the piece.

silkstitchalong26

Here are the next stitching steps for the Silk Stitch Along:

  • Fold a corner back onto the batting at at a 90 degree angle. Fuse the corner into place with a hot iron.
  • Repeat this at each corner.silkstitchalong27
  • Fold each side onto the batting making a sharp corner. Fuse the sides down with a hot iron.silkstitchalong28
  • Cut a piece of felt to measure about 1/4″ smaller on each edge than the size of the piece.
  • Stitch the felt to the back of the piece with a Running Stitch.

The complete tutorial for the Silk Stitch Along is found on the Tutorials Page of this website.

I hope you enjoyed it!

Save

Silk Stitch Along #16: Sky

silkstitchalong29It’s been a challenge trying to come up with an idea for stitching the sky in this Silk Stitch Along garden design. You don’t have to follow my plan, you can leave the sky free of stitching. But in my case, it felt right to add embroidery to the open areas of the sky.

Here are the next stitching steps for the Silk Stitch Along:

You can always access information on the Silk Stitch Along for later reference under the Tutorials Page of this website. Directions are added as the Stitch Along progresses. Here it is so far.

Save

Save

Silk Stitch Along #15: Leaves and Buds

silkstitchalong24The gloomy days of winter persist here in Illinois. But soon sunshine and the blooming trees of Spring will appear. The next part of our Silk Stitch Along depicts the stunning days of Spring ahead by recreating fresh green leaves and cheerful flower buds in thread.

Here are the next stitching steps for the Silk Stitch Along:

  • Use a variegated color of size 12 pearl cotton thread and size 5 or 7 embroidery needle.
  • Stitch Lazy Daisy Stitches around the ends of the tree branches to make leaves.
  • Use that same thread and fill in the opening is each Lazy Daisy Stitch with a Straight Stitch.

silkstitchalong25

You can always access information on the Silk Stitch Along for later reference under the Tutorials Page of this website. Directions are added as the Stitch Along progresses. Here it is so far.