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1  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Completed Projects / Re: Dyeing with indigo on: February 02, 2014 07:29:47 AM
Thanks!  Woohoo!

I think the hardest part about indigo dyeing is that it's too cold in WI and we can't dye more till Spring!

2  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: Coupla books on: November 17, 2013 01:18:46 PM
Please share pictures. friend!  I just made two more, both with the piano hinge.  I'm trying to come up with a glue free way to attach ribbons to the paper to make the hinge.  I want to teach a class with it and the glue takes too long to dry.
I used washi tape but it looks kinda meh. 
3  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Quilt out of linen, some dyed with indigo on: November 14, 2013 12:15:31 PM
Stillatthetop!  One of the awesome cool things about indigo is that it requires no mordant!  It's very basic...high pH...so vinegar (an acid) neutralizes it.  It's stinks, though.  Whoa!
4  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Quilt out of linen, some dyed with indigo on: November 13, 2013 08:54:12 PM
I have recently learned how to dye with natural indigo - it's a blast.  I started with linen and some of it ended up quite light and blotchy because I didn't know how to prep the fabric.  Also, cotton seems to take the dye better than linen so I've switched over to cotton.*
Anyhoo, I took my practice pieces and turned them into a quilt.  Every piece of fabric is linen and was thrifted. 

*PS - just because I'm curious and obsessed:  have you dyed with indigo?  Do you find the same thing?  Tell me all about it!  I love it!
5  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Coupla books on: November 13, 2013 08:45:54 PM
I bound a coupla books.  One has a Coptic stitch binding and the other has a piano hinge binding.  For both I used random book and magazine and found paper pages.  It was really fun and I plan to make a bunch more.

Here are some pages out of an earlier book. I guess I didn't take any of the latest book pages.

Thanks for looking, I hope you liked them and I hope I posted in the right place!
6  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Completed Projects / Avocado on: August 09, 2013 10:21:46 AM
Hi all,

I dyed some fabric using avocado skins and pits and it turned out PINK!

It was pretty simple and no mordant necessary. 

I simmered them in a pot, strained the liquid into a jar, left that in the sun with the fabric in it and then took it out after a bit. 

The pink is pale but very pretty.
7  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Completed Projects / Dyeing with indigo on: June 09, 2013 08:56:14 AM
It was our first time trying and was really fun. 

We were nervous at first because our dye vat looked blue - it's not supposed to - but that was just the part of the vat that was in contact with oxygen. 

It worked really well. We used linen, woven cotton and cotton jersey and they all took the dye happily.

The fabric comes out of the vat looking green but turns blue after contact with oxygen. 
8  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Piano Hinge Books on: May 03, 2013 09:57:19 AM
I just made these piano hinge books.  It was fun though there was a definite learning curve for me.  You don't use glue or stitching.

There are plenty of tutes online. 
9  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Upcycled Baby Quilt on: March 18, 2013 01:11:52 PM
I totally agree with both of you.  I actually never much cared for quilts until I saw a book of Gee's Bend quilts.  They are amazing!  Now every quilt I make is inspired by their work.  Mine are never half as good, of course.  But the search for fabrics and the fun of putting them together in new ways keeps me quilting!  Most of the things I make include recycled components. 

Thanks.  The quilt measures about 32 X 33.
10  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Upcycled Baby Quilt on: March 18, 2013 10:46:31 AM
Thanks.  I would change that picture to the quilt picture if only I knew how.  Off to fiddle around and fix it.
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