Organized? Maybe

threaddrawersOn occasion I like to look organized. This doesn’t happen often, so I’d like to share this rare moment with you. Here you see my hand dyed pearl cotton threads neatly stored in drawers. They are sorted by size (3, 5, 8, 12) and colorway. Organized, right?

threadtangledAnd then there’s this. Never wash your skeins of hand-dyed thread in the washing machine or people will think your are disorganized. How do you keep your threads organized?

It Takes This Long to Make It

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Windy City #6 (9″ x 12″) by Laura Wasilowski

A few days ago I asked if you could estimate how many hours it took me to make this small quilt, Windy City #6. And, as an experiment, I tried to keep track of the time to complete it. But honestly, my skills at time keeping stink! It seems I go into a zone when making a quilt and lose track of time.

Below are the stages of creating the art work and an estimate of the number of hours to complete each stage. Let’s see how close you were in guessing the total time.

  • Hand-dyeing the fabrics-  .5 hours
  • Fusing the fabrics-  .5 hours
  • Designing the quilt-  1 hour
  • Adding hand embroidery-  6.5 hours
  • Machine quilting and binding-  1 hour
  • Photographing and documenting the quilt-  .5 hours
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Windy City #6 (detail) by Laura Wasilowski

The total is about 10 hours from start to finish with most of time spent on hand embroidery. Now, what you don’t see in this list is the hours of enjoyment I got from making the art work. That’s really hard to measure.

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.

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.

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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.

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Dyeing Up a Storm!

fabricshelfIt’s been cold and snowy here in Illinois but I’m safely tucked into my basement studio dyeing. This time of year is a good time to catch up on the 63 colorways of fabric I dye for Artfabrik. After its dyed, I have the thrill of ironing yards of fabric while watching bad TV. Happy to say that I’m almost done dyeing and the shelves are packed.

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Dyeing Marathon

threadsAt last my dyeing marathon ends! For the past 2 weeks I’ve been dyeing fabric and thread every day. And I mean every day.

dyeingforwebMy goal is to have every yard of fabric and skein of thread ready for class kits, the Artfabrik booth, and to stock the Artfabrik Store. Why dye it all now? Because soon I’m off traveling and most hotels don’t have dye facilities next to the fitness room. See you on the road!