What a year this has been, update!

Or trying to maintain a home business while moving to a new city.

I am looking forward to the new year. My new sewing studio and creative hub of the house looks out over a stand of Douglas Fir and other maple tress that provide amazing color in the fall. The birds chatter, as flocks of them vie for the seed at the feeder. I think the birds have declared the back yard a safe zone. So far we have seen no cats in the neighborhood. This is a great place to let the creative ideas and inspirations percolate, until the finished product is accomplished.

The view from our new office. We never noticed the seasons changes so marvelously in the city.
The view from my new studio window on the second floor! I can hear the neighborhood children laughing and giggling in the park. It is such a happy sound.

My most recent activity for getting back into the swing of dyeing fabric was to tie up some Kona cotton for shibori fat quarters. Indigo blue is the biggest attraction in my business, and yet I really love playing with other colors and combinations…

but here we go with a few examples of what one can find in a fat quarter bundle of indigo blue Kona Cotton.

The typical tie dye around a marble.
One of my personal favorites – using all sorts of clips or clothes pins to create different textures.

And then there is the honeycomb technique. I love the unpredicatbility of the dye flow through the folds of the honeycomb.

The results: a fat quarter bundle of shibori hand dyed Kona cotton fabric on a bed of rust dyed linen/cotton fabric. I love this combination of blue and rust. This is such a great combo for a quilt top.

Until next time. I have made a vow to myself to not let the distance between blogs be so great !!! We will see, but I appreciate those of you that read this!

Unti next time .

Ice Dyed Duffel Bags for Bali

My friend Jan, who I am traveling with to Bali in just a few weeks… suggested we make duffle bags for the trip. She had a Betz White class from Craftsy. I bought it and we began, exchanging our progress by text other the next few months. Jan lives in Ohio. I live in Oregon.

I sent Jan the ice dyed canvas in peaches and oranges. I dyed mine in blues and purples.  Here are the results:IMG_5225_preview.jpeg

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WE have a few things to say about the construction. For the most part the instructions were easy to follow and made sense. Betz has a calming nature and made the explanation followed by video very useful.

Being my first bag of this skill level, I had to listen to class segments several times for some of the assembly parts. We both found that putting the bottom on was problematic – too many layers to sew through. There are a few things that I would differently next time, like make the iron-on fleece a tad smaller so that it was not in the final seams at the bottom.

But a fun example of what can be created with ice dyed canvas and contrasting Essex linen cotton. With hand dyed Kona Cotton for the lining. We are excited and amost ready to go!