28 December 2011

New Projects for the New Year

For various reasons, I decided to start some new projects. I bought four new books, actually 5. I bought Rayna's new book and lent it to Judith who fell in love with it hence the January  Technique of the month on the fire blog.
I just really glanced at the book, knew Judith would be enamored (who knew to what extent) and I haven't seen it since. Judith and I are getting together this weekend and I'm sure she will bring the book back since she bought herself a copy and has been sleeping with it under her pillow. Can't wait for this great blogging experience with Rayna Gilman !!!!!
I also bought four other books: Rayna's first book on surface design techniques, Color by Accident, Color by Design and Colour on Cloth. The two of the four that I really found helpful were Color by Design and Rayna's, "Create your own hand printed cloth".
SO, in the spirit of going back into pieces perviously worked I am taking this pile of fabric that I dyed, batiked or in some other way "touched" with a surface design excluding paint and DO MORE.

                                                            and more neatly stacked

In that spirit, I did a thermofax on some LWI (space) dyed fabric for something like a book cover for my friend who is a fiddler.

I ironed this piece of silk I made in Jane Dunnewolds "Soy Wax Crayon" class at ProChem this year onto some felt with mistyfuse in preparation for some quilting.

and I did some discharge on a space dyed piece of olive cotton with Jacquard Discharge Paste. First I used some stamps (Eric and my feather/crow/circles)
a bit smeary and indistinct. Then I used a thermofax screen I had made by Lyric Kinard from my own images.
Very nice indeed!  Poppy heads from a neighbors garden and my famous feather. Love how the discahrge paste worked with the thermofax screens. Note to self - make more screens...

I have invited Meagan, who I am mentoring in Fiber Art, to join Judith and I this Saturday to "play". Should prove to be a great day. If the inspiration from these new books is any indication, this should be a fabulous year.

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