Studio Play #4

flowerimprov5My improvised flower quilt is steam set to the non-scrim side of the batting (something that doesn’t beard, thank you very much). And I’m ready to stitch!

The Blanket Stitch is added around the edge of the woven collage flower. The Aquamarine Size 8 Pearl Cotton Thread repeats the same colors in the stems and base of the flower (stitched with the Oranges colorway in Size 8). Complimentary colors like turquoise and orange are always a thrill for the eye.

And I’m using my version of the Fern Stitch down the center of the leaves. The thread is a Size 12 Pearl Cotton Thread in the Lime Frappe colorway with a Size 5 embroidery needle. With a little more TV binge watching, this quilt should be finished soon!

Studio Play #3

flowerimprov3My new flower quilt is a great opportunity to use up even more fused fabric scraps found in the studio. Here you see bias cut grass left over from the landscape demos for my Craftsy Class. The grass anchors the pot down so it’s not flying through the air.The bias strips for the water are guaranteed to never fray. You could call them fray-less ripples.

Studio Play #2

flowerimprov2Sometimes you have to rein in your creativity. Give yourself boundaries. Take a deep creative breath. To curb my overactive impulses, I decided to select a theme for the artwork I’m making this week. The theme? Why flowers of course!

You’ll see several pre-fused collages that have been free-cut into shapes for the design. These collages are left overs from other projects long forgotten and finding new life here. Note the woven collage for the flowers, patterned collage for the stems, and tiles collage for the pot.

 

Dyeing Rules

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Procion MX Fiber Reactive Dye Stock

Dyeing fabric is chemistry, a subject that is a foreign language to me. But I do know enough about dyeing to know why these 2 fabrics below look differently. They were dyed under the same conditions except for 1 factor.

dyelotsThe dye stock for the top fabric was mixed 4 weeks before the dye session. And the dye stock for the bottom fabric was mixed the day of the dye session. Old dye stock loses its vim, vigor, and ability to dye a deep shade. This is called hydrolysis. So my rule in the dye studio is to use up the dye within a week of mixing the stock.

Here’s a website called Textile Learner that you may find interesting. This is what their chemist says about hydrolysis:

….if the solution of the dye is kept for a long time its concentration drops. Then the dye reacts with the hydroxyl (OH) group of water. This reaction of dye with water is known as hydrolysis of reactive dye. After hydrolysis, dye can not react with the fiber. So hydrolysis increases the loss of dyes.