Sunday, November 14, 2010

One Cause, One Wednesday, One Hundred Collages

One Cause – The Fight Against Cancer.

One Wednesday – February 16, 2011.

One Hundred Collages – Created for this event by an all-star team of artists: Natalya Aikens, Pamela Allen, Laura Ann Beehler, Liz Berg, Pokey Bolton, Laura Cater-Woods, Jette Clover, Jane Davila, Jamie Fingal, Gloria Hansen, Leslie Tucker Jenison, Lyric Kinard, Jeanelle McCall, Linda Teddlie Minton, Karen Stiehl Osborn, BJ Parady, Judy Perez, Cynthia St. Charles, Virginia A. Spiegel

The goal – Raise $8,000 for the American Cancer Society in just one day. More details and a preview of artwork:

Fiberart For A Cause has already donated over $205,000 to the American Cancer Society through the generosity of fiber artists and their patrons.

Sunday, September 12, 2010


Iraqi Bundles of Love II
In August 2009, in Northern Iraq, a Soldier with the 25th Infantry Division set
up a blog and called it Iraqi Bundles of Love, or IBOL for short. He didn’t
ask for nor was he given permission; instead, he set about to receive and
distribute bundles of fabric, yarn, and other sewing, knitting and quilting
supplies across the Salah ad Din, at-Ta’mim / Kirkuk, and Sulaymaniyah
provinces. He thought that maybe a few people would want to help support
counter-insurgency efforts during the all-important period of Ramadan,
which was about to start. If people sent bundles, made according to some
simple instructions he put together and posted to the blog, he promised to
receive them and have them delivered. The goal was to have things in the
mail and arrive in Iraq, in time for delivery during Ramadan.
Word spread like wildfire. Emails, blogs, newsgroups, guild meetings – people shared the link and passed along the contact information, and the boxes flowed in from around the world. Bundles were sent from all across the US, but also from all across Canada, Europe, and as far away as Australia, New Zealand, and Vietnam. Some heavy hitters chimed in with support, from the online fabric store Sew, Mama, Sew! to Karey and crew at and the Houston International Quilt Festival.
IBOL Guy, as he called himself, received 3445 bundles, which he ball-parked as being about 30,000 lbs. Ramadan ended, IBOL guy shipped off the last of the bundles for delivery, and then he himself headed home to see his family. IBOL was closed.

But that was then. This is now. IBOL Guy has two volunteers, one of whom is ready to receive and distribute boxes. IBOL II is open for business.
IBOL II, like the original IBOL project last year, is intended to be a short-duration project. And like last time, it’s intended to surge fabric and sewing (and knitting!) materials into Salah ad Din, in northern Iraq. The general premise is the same. Willing contributors can send a flat-rate box of sewing / quilting / knitting supplies, all bundled up. Once it’s there, someone will open the box, pull out the fully-contained bundle, and hand it off (with others) for distribution in the SaD area. The stated intent of this operation is to put sewing and quilting and knitting supplies into the hands of two types of recipients: locals who desperately need such things, and local sewing co-ops and other small businesses who have received grants or loans (typically to purchase sewing machines, rent space, etc).
It’s a chance for all of us to go into our stashes — our fabric, our yarn, our needles, our thread — and find some stuff that we’re willing to share with our partners in Iraq. No one expects you to empty your stash —
it’s a chance to give a little.
Here’s the most important thing: Packages need to be in the mail not later than 01 October (that’s a Friday). Do you think you can do that? In the mail, not later than 01 October. That’s just over a month from now.
Want to know more? Stop by the website.

Saturday, February 20, 2010


I'm sponsoring two totes:

Mixed media/bookmaking Tote:
Joggles* Tote
The Artist's Muse: unlock the door to your creativity
Book and Card Kit by Betsy Dillard Stroud
7 Gypsies Binderie Punch and Charger
2-way book
purse kit
6x6 + two8x8 blank board books
index book
wire album
zigzag book kit (2)
rubber stamps
labels, rubbings, tags
gaffer tapepak

Kiss Me I'm Irish, and a Prince!
3yds Mickey Lawler's Skydyes
silk play pak: fibers, roving, cocoons, carrier rods
hand made sketchbook cover with sketchbook, composition bock + pigma pen

I have two totes:

more snowdyeing

The above was not too exciting from batch one, so I overdyed it in batch two:

There has been discussion about whether to freeze your fabric or not.

I do, but because I am lazy. I put my wet fabric (soaked in soda ash) outside in the containers overnight and let the snow fall on it. (Here in North Carolina we prepare for snow in a big way! Make sure you don't wait until the last minute to go to the store for milk and bread: the shelves will be empty!

The first snowfall was wet and slushy so I just poured my dyes right on to it.

The second snow was lighter so I packed it down and added more on top.

My dye recipe: 1/3- 1 tablespoon of dye in 3-4 oz of warm water. let them come to room temp and pour over the snow. I saturate the top of the snow.
The containers have 2-3 holes in the bottom. The melted dyes drip into another container with another yard of fabric and dyes this piece too. the bonus fabric is just a basic hand-dyed. I haven't frozen the bottom layer. Maybe next time, we should get another snow in three or four years!

Then I let the fabrics sit in the garage over night, or in the laundry room. Then rinse rinse rinse rinse until clear in the sink and 2 cycles in the washer.

these a just a few of the last batch:

from a beige mottled print:

from a fabulous black and white:

from a white on white, both sides:

Saturday, February 13, 2010


what I put up with to create art!

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

ToteTuesday, a Fiberart For A Cause fundraiser for the American Cancer Society, will be offering themed totes throughout February + March. It’s a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society AND a showcase for everything that is fun and creative about the fiber arts.

Kiss Me I'm Irish (and a prince!)

will be availble in March: atote, handdyed socks, a journal - skeytchbook and cover, and a yard of Mickey Lawler's Skydyes. CAT NOT INCLUDED!

snow dyeing

Well, it was really SLUSH dyeing, but still fun!

Here are two good tutorials:

and Bunk's Blog

Sunday, January 10, 2010

My quilt is going on the Saturn V Rocket!!!

well not exactly...but my quilt is going to be part of a panel on the Dream Rocket project.

Full panel coming soon...