Had a wonderful trip to Ville de Leyva, Colombia to visit Rosario Umana and Ricardo Gomez. Did a workshop on ice dyeing, tray dyeing and bucket dyeing. Inspires me to play with more resist techniques. Was a magical place. Wonderful, generous people, great food, beautiful landscape. Will have to go back again!
Bought a serger to complement my sewing machine so I can make clothing from my dyed shirts and fabric. The narrow rolled hem stitch is a great way to finish napkins. Will be selling these at my sales this summer and fall. I have a lot of fun creating functional and wearable beautiful art
Happy customer! She was so excited she had to put on her dress as soon as Mom bought it. We did a custom order. I just needed the chest circumference and length from armpits to about the knees. We chose a shirt and I sewed it into a dress in a jiffy.
If any of you wants to do the same, contact me through my Etsy shop and we can make up a custom order.
Experimenting with sewing toddler dresses from my t-shirts and ice-dyed fabric. Never done shirring of fabric before but it's easy and creates a super cute dress. Works for skirts, too. Won't these be cute summer dresses? Thanks to Pinterest and Youtube tutorials I'm able to add these dresses to my product line.
I've been experimenting with dyeing fabric for quilting. My favorite technique right now is ice dyeing. I've been trying different color combinations and folds to see what happens. The pink orange fabric is done as a swirl fold and the green fabric is loosely pleated and rolled. These samples are fat 1/4 yards. I dye a yard at a time and then cut into fat quarters. Not had a chance to sell these yet but will put some up for sale in my Etsy shop soon. I hope fabric will be a good seller for summer sales events.
Waste not, want not.......I've been thinking about how to use scarves and other fabric I've dyed that don't meet my standards to sell, as it. Inspired by some cool cotton rope bowls I saw while attending Seattle Urban Craft Uprising and exploring on Pinterest ways to use scrap fabric, I've created these bowls. I'll be at Children's Hospital outside the gift shop next week on January 19-20 selling these bowls along with the usual Seahawk gear and socks. They will be a conversation starter, if nothing else.
Was running low on my baby body suits "onesie". Made a batch this weekend. This color combination I call Salish Sea for all the beautiful blues and greens in our Puget Sound. Also, these work well for the Sounders team colors.
Been researching ice dyeing on Pinterest. Love the serendipitous color effects from this technique. Made a shirt for myself with purple and blue dyes to see if works for me. Love the effects! It's like marbled paper. I want to dye fabric for quilting and think this could create beautiful and unique designs. This would work on my scarves, too. I know what I'll be doing after the new year!
Socks are a big seller at my holiday sales. Needed to make an emergence batch last week before the Yappy Holiday Bazaar in Redmond on Saturday Nov. 21. They look colorful all piled up waiting to be paired and labeled. Bamboo socks are popular. They are the hook for people to browse in my booth. People love bamboo anything since it's a hot item for many products -- think bamboo flooring, sheets, cutting boards, clothing, etc. I love them because they are soft and take the colors beautifully. Plus they are just plain fun to wear.
This painting by Christopher Mathie, an artist from Oak Harbor, WA, I bought in the summer of 2011. My first purchase of professional art. I just love the colors in this painting. I've taken colors from it to paint my walls in my bedroom, hall, stairs and kids' bedrooms. I feel calm surrounded by these colors.
I've been experimenting to capture these colors on scarves. Not nailed it yet but here are a couple attempts. Will keep experimenting. I just love the creative process of finding rich color combinations for my scarves.