Thursday, June 26, 2008
Monday, June 23, 2008
STRIP - to cut or tear into strips. To remove all excess detail from: reduce to essentials. To dismantle.
Thursday, June 19, 2008
Start out with PFD, prepared for dye, cotton, you can find links on my website
to Test Fabrics where I buy my fabric. If you don't have access to PFD fabric, first wash what ever fabric that you are going to dye to remove any sizing and chemicals that are on the fabrics.
Cut the fabric to the desired size and then soak for at least 15 minutes in a solution of Sodium Carbonate, PH Plus powder for the pool, and water. While the fabric is soaking you can mix your dyes.
I mix my dyes on top of my washing machine. I cover the machine with an old blanket that I spritz with water. I place a mixer in a dishpan on top of the blanket and mix my dyes in the blender. I do this to help contain any dye that might become airborne. I always wear a mask, gloves and old clothes when I dye, because where dye lands dye stays!! Old shoes too and even dye underwear. Things can get messy.
I mix 14 different colors and then place them in squirt bottles and quart drinking bottles for storage.
I spin rinse my fabric in the washing machine to remove the excess soda water. I have the black tube from the back of the washing machine hanging over the lip of my laundry sink and the bucket that the fabric soaked in under the tube to catch the soda water and reuse it again and again.
Then I pleat my fabric and place it on clear plexi-glass platters that I had made, thanks Melody, and apply the dye in a gradation. I let the fabric dry flat over night on black metal shelving that I bought at Menard's. These are set up in my dye area as well.
Once the fabric is dry I wash it out in the washing machine using hot water and regular laundry detergent with just a little Synthrapol. It gets rinsed twice and fabric softner added at the end. I iron it while it is still damp. And wallah, gorgeous hand dyed fabric. It's a lot of work but well worth the end results.
Thursday, June 12, 2008
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Monday, June 9, 2008
Sunday, June 8, 2008
When I was in Iowa teaching last month, I found this reusable corn resin water bottle. I was talking about it in my class in NC and one of my students sent me this link. They had just read about it in Bon Appetit magazine. I hope you can find one too. And a tip from the TSA at the airport. Arrive at the airport with an empty water bottle and then fill it up after security, instead of paying $3 for bottled water once you are inside the gates.
Corn Resin Bottle with the Better Water Drinking Filter
This unique product combines chlorine free and litter free living.
The bottle is made from 100% United States corn and will degrade in just 80 days in a commercial compost.
The Better Water Filter is carbon based and removes chlorine and organic contaminants from regular municipal tap water.
Refill this bottle up to 90 times for fresh water on the go.
Friday, June 6, 2008
Summer is here!! Summer flowers, gentle showers, chirping robins, sandy beaches,
mountain hikes, warm days, cool nights...What inspires you? Whatever it is, try
using our cotton fabric to make it come alive. Fabric
To celebrate the
beginning of summer we are giving you a free fat quarter of gorgeous hand dyed
fabric with any purchase of $20 or more during the month of June. This is a $6
value. Let us pick the color that coordinates with your order.Use your free fat
quarter in our newest patterns, Dancing Trees and Blue Trees.
These are quick and colorful quilts with decorative leaves and silhouette trees
that will delight all who see them.Best wishes!FriedaFrieStyle Fabrics and Notions
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
Dear Frieda, I finally finished quilting the baby quilt I showed you
after class at the Indiana Heritage Quilt Show. Your ideas for
quilting worked out great! My camera skills are not very good so I
sent you a few different shots and hope you can see the quilting
stitches. I was very happy with the results and want to thank you
again for your help.
ALSO, I LOVE YOUR BLOG !! You are truly blessed to have such a
talented and fun group of friends to share your art with !! I enjoy
learning from all of you.
Looking forward to meeting you again someday !
Thought I’d send along pictures of my class project from your recent workshop. This was a gift to my kids’ fabulous kindergarten teacher. She was delighted to receive it. Thanks again for a wonderful day!
MicheleThis is Michele's project from IA. I love the label on the back of the quilt and the free form leaves on the front. Great job!!