Friday, September 30, 2011

Sketching in Italy

In preparing for the demos I will be giving at the Nelson, Kootenay Quilters guild Show Oct 1 & 2, I came across my sketchbook with drawings from my trip to Italy. This is the dye painted art cloth I did from those sketches. It reminded me how much I liked this style of several boxes within one panel. It refreshes my memory of the trip!

Sunday, September 18, 2011

New Fabric Line

Can you think of a name for this front fabric? If you have an idea send me an email at with fabric name in the subject line.

Front fabric: I am handpainting with procion fiber reactive dyes in a wet on wet technique onto 100% cotton. So far with the lively grey I have tried purple, red and tourquoise-all stunning. The mingling of colours happens over time as the fabric batches/cures resulting in a creative surprise! The companion pieces are dyed using a low immersion technique.

These fat quarters will be for sale for the very first time at the Kootenay Quilters guild Quilt Show on Oct 1 and 2, 2011 at the Prestige Inn in Nelson.

Monday, September 12, 2011

The hand painted (with dye) fabric pieces can be made into wearable art which is what Joan Cavers did in this beautiful asymmetrical vest. Vogue pattern 8713.

Note the front and back details of the vest. Joan used a 3 companion pieces of painted cotton fabric by Eileen Gidman's to insert into this silk vest.