Dyeing to Know #3

dyebottles2Now that you are dressed to dye and have mixed your dye stock, here’s how to dye the fabric.
  • Wear stylish rubber gloves and an apron for protection.
  • Cut your fabric to size. I suggest 400M cotton fabric from Testfabrics.
  • Pre-soak the fabric in soda ash water. (Mix about 1/2 cup of soda ash to 1 gallon of hot water.)
  • Squish out the fabric.


  • Arrange the fabric artfully on a plastic platter or container. (Do not use a metal container.)
  • Pour the dye colors onto the fabric.
  • Smoosh the color into the fabric using stylish yellow gloves on your hands.
  • Now go have some fun. This is a reactive dye and needs time to react. We’ll wash it out tomorrow.

A Simple Quilt #1

silkflowers1Sometimes simple is best. As you can see in this small quilt, there are few fabric shapes making up the design…. just 8 long triangles and 3 orange dots.This design relies upon the stitching. Stitchery adds texture, line, pattern, and helps define the shapes. It’s the stitches that convert those dots into flowers and make those long triangles leaves.

silkflowers2It’s made of silk fabrics fused to cotton batting so the hand stitching is easy to do. I’ve trimmed the blue background fabric to within 1/4″ of the batting. There’s fusible web on that blue fabric edge so my next step is to fuse it to another background. You’ll see my choice tomorrow.

New Work #7

heart11It’s always best to begin hand stitching the focal point of the design. So each flower (the most important elements in the design) is embroidered with “outie” Blanket Stitches around the center. The Size 8 thread in the Degas Blue colorway really zings, doesn’t it?

heart12Next is surrounding each flower with a Size 12 thread in the Sunflowers colorway. This finer thread adds a delicate finish to each petal. Again the Blanket Stitch is used only in an “innie” manner this time.

My Journey to the End of the World


Seedpods #2 by Laura Wasilowski is on exhibit at the Southern Illinois Artisan Center through June 1, 2014.

Journey to the end of the world? Well not exactly. My journey to the end of Illinois takes place today. The drive with all the Artfabrik booth stock for the AQS Show takes about 8 hours if you stop along the way for a little sight seeing. One of the sights to see is the Southern Illinois Artisan Center where they always have a terrific quilt exhibit. And this year they have a special exhibit called The Urge to Embellish. Can’t wait to see it!

Felt Like Gardening

feltlikegardeningFelt Like Gardening

A garden of felt flowers and hand-stitched petals and leaves.

Felt Like Gardening is a fused art quilt measuring 11.5? wide by 12.5? high. It is hand embroidered and machine quilted. There is a simple loop on the back for hanging on the wall.

Price(USD): $150.00

Fiberart for a Cause

virginiascharityJoin me and Virginia Spiegel in fighting cancer. Virginia manages Fiberart For A Cause which donates the funds to the American Cancer Society. The 5K fundraiser kick off is January 15 and our goal is $5000 to add to the more than $230,000 already donated to the ACS.

(Don’t worry, I won’t be actually running in the 5K race. We don’t want to cause another earthquake in Illinois.)

virginiascharity2If you donate you can win prizes! Here’s what I’m donating, hand-dyed thread and fabric Look here for more prizes. Here’s is what I am donating. Please join me in donating to fight cancer.