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