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 .

Dyeing in denim.

The last month has seen a number of custom requests for my dyed 10 ounce bull denim, so last week I embarked on a series of experiments with the denim. I folded several pieces using shibori and itijame methods. I also wondered what ice dying heavy fabric would do. Off we went on this experiment. I choose four colors: indigo blue, Pagoda Red, an emerald-green and a jade green. I had done a few yards in indigo blue and in a black, also a charcoal gray.

I was pleasantly surprised with the new colors. The blue was fabulous – lovely irregular stripes. The red piece in 3″ itijame squares just popped! The greens were pinned and tied more intensely than the other two pieces. This resulted in softer, more ethereal color.

Having gotten the shibori pieces under way and in the dye bath I set some fabric up for ice dying. As I had a piece of cotton duck from another project, I decided to see what it would do in the ice too. I must say the cotton duck is marvelous. The denim is softer and more muted. There are many reasons for any of these results. It will take further experiments to determine what works best for me!