Random Acts of Dyeing

dyedthread3It’s back to school time! And that means dyeing thread for all my fall classes. The threads you see above are destined for my students as part of their class kits. Whether taking a quilting class or hand embroidery class, everybody gets some colorful thread. Ooooooh! Aren’t they pretty!

dyebottlesThese threads are dyed using the “random acts of dyeing” method. I don’t following the repeatable color formulas for Artfabrik threads. Instead, I use up all my left over dye stock to dye threads in random colorways. It’s a great way to discover new color combinations and prepare for my classes at the same time. See you in the classroom!

 

What I’ve Learned from Teaching

ironcleaning1One of the things I most enjoy about teaching is what I learn from my students. Here are a few tips I’ve picked up over the years from teaching intrepid quilt makers from around the world. 

  • Irons are hot, filthy things. Use a dryer sheet to clean your iron. Here’s how.
  • Do NOT use a dryer sheet when standing beneath a smoke detector as they can trigger a smoke alarm. The fire department will come to your classroom and you are never asked back to that venue again.
  • Use size 4 embroidery needles with a size 8 embroidery thread.
  • The best place to hide your fabric stash from your husband is at a friend’s house.
  • Always bring Band-Aids to class.
  • When an iron starts an ironing board on fire, throw it out the door onto an asphalt driveway. Or wait for the fire department to arrive and never be asked back to that venue again. 

A big thank you to all my students for these helpful tips!

Give-Away and Wool Stitchery

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Stitching on wool by Paula.

Your needle and thread glide through wool fabric with a satisfying ease. Hand embroidery on wool makes for rich texture and pattern like Paula’s inventive design above. Her free-form flower, a sampler of colorful stitch combinations, has even attracted a honey bee!

NHworldquilt2Are you attracted to wool stitchery too?

Soon I’ll be teaching my Improvisational Hand Embroidery on Wool class at the World Quilt New England, in Manchester, NH. Students like Paula, will design their own artwork, transfer it to wool, and stitch with a selection of hand dyed threads.

I hope you can join me!

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Unable to visit with me in New Hampshire?

Then please leave a comment on today’s blog and you may be the lucky winner of a bag of small wool scraps plus a skein of  hand-dyed floss to start your  own wool project.

Embroidered Garden

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Today my students in Sisters, OR begin their embroidered gardens. They will design their own work beginning with a sketch. Then they’ll add free-form hand embroidery to hand dyed silk fabric fused to batting.  Stitchers are so inventive. I can’t wait to see what they come up with!

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Want to join them? The Embroidered Garden Tutorial shows you the steps my students will take to prepare their silk fabrics for stitching. Plus you’ll find directions on how to make this blue tree in a woodland garden. Have fun!

How to Build a Tiny Home

houseimprov2In today’s world there is a lot of talk about minimalism, cutting back, simplifying. So why not build a tiny home for your reduced lifestyle?

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Windy City #10 by Laura Wasilowski

In my Tiny Homes class we create little houses and place them in a cheerful neighborhood. There is no clutter or unused linen hanging around. Life is simple and sweet. I’ll be teaching Tiny Homes at the World Quilt New England in Manchester, NH in August. Here’s a link to a video so you can preview the class offering: click Tiny Homes Class. Please join me!