It’s dye week here in the studio and that means I’m getting my workout. After all the thread is dyed, the next step is the wash out. Damp. dripping threads are tied into bundles and then dipped into buckets of water for rinsing.
Filling, lifting, and emptying up to 20 buckets of water to wash out thread is heavy lifting. It is especially difficult to get excess red dye to rinse out of the threads. Hot water, Synthropol, and even color catchers are used to get the water to run clear in the buckets. No wonder I have the arms of a stevedore!
Patterns available on the new and improved page.
The computer is a greedy companion. One of my least desirable tasks is to keep this, the Artfabrik website, up to date. For someone who is technologically challenged, this task eats away at my time like a squirrel at the bird feed.
Website updating means teeth are gnashed, hair is pulled, and bad words are spoken. But finally I am happy to announce that my Pattern Page is redone and more functional. Please check it out. Now I’m going to go chase a squirrel.
Once a year I hold a fabric sale on the Artfabrik website. And once a year I regret it. Why? Not because the fabric is on sale. But because first I have to dye all the fabric that is on sale, before I can put the fabric on sale. Thanks for letting me whine.
Oh, and just so you know, the sale ends midnight, central standard time, January 31.
|A palette of hand-dyed fabrics from Artfabrik.
It’s that time of year again where we all make resolutions and then find ways to break them. That is why my new year’s resolution is always the same…..to keep my accounting up to date. I will be unable to fulfill this resolution again this year but at least I know what to expect and won’t be disappointed in myself.
|Hand-dyed fabrics from Artfabrik are on sale!
In the spirit of starting out your new year right, we are running a special at Artfabrik. During the month of January only all our hand-dyed fabric is priced at $20.14 per yard. (Usually the fabric is $24 a yard but we wanted to help you out with your resolution to make more art.)
Have fun and happy new year to you!
Opening night at the International Quilt Festival in Houston is always a thrill. An exhausting thrill, but a thrill non the less.
We see lots of friends, talk to lots of people, and stand lots of hours. Lots is the best word to describe the scene of opening night.
Poppy’s Posies by Laura Wasilowski. Pattern available in the Artfabrik booth #1238.
If you are at the International Quilt Festival, please stop in to see us in the Artfabrik Booth #1238. I am trapped in the booth and can not get out. But if you stop by it will be lots of fun!
Self-portrait #2 by Laura Wasilowski
Many of you know me as a mild mannered quilter. Some know me as St. Laura of Elgin.
So why would anyone want to hack my website? There is no credit card info stored here. No email addresses to steal. But for the last 10 days some moron has been attacking my website. There is a special place in internet hell for that person.
Sunny Day by Laura Wasilowski
So I’m back! And I appreciate all your kind words sent via email. I shall continue on my quest to bring you beautiful hand-dyed fabrics and threads from the Artfabrik store and tantalizing news from the quilt world. Let us pray some hack doesn’t come after me again.