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31  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Completed Projects / Indigo Shibori A Workshop Img heavy on: August 10, 2007 12:32:09 PM
So I finished graduate school and was determined to use my graduation money for something other than general living (which is mostly how I use money given to me). And what did I decide to do? After spending almost two decades in school, I used the money to take a class! A five day workshop focusing on indigo and shibori. My interest in shibori started a few years ago, with pole wrapping and I have always wanted to learn more (from a person not a book). Yes shibori is a type of resist dyeing, a fancy Japanese word for "tie-dye", but many cultures have "shibori" or "tie-dye" traditions. Here are some of my favorites

My "final" project. I did some stitch resist and small dots with different size beads to make this butterfly on a scarf.

Logwood and indigo on silk

The scarf was dyed in logwood and then in indigo. The rest of the scarf was again dots with different size beads, rice grains and lentils along with binding around wine corks.

This is a type of pole shibori the fabric is stitched to the circumference of the pole then scrunched to one end and dyed.

Indigo on cotton/linen

More pole shibori with the same fabric, but this time it is folded in half, wound around the pole with string then scrunched. You can see that the lines of the string create a stronger, sharper resist line than in the piece above.

Indigo on cotton/linen

It took me a while but I finally made some folded and clamped pieces I liked.

Indigo on silk

This one I call "The Art Piece" It is folded and clamped, refolded and re-clamped. Many layers

Indigo on silk

There is a lot more to be seen If you want to I didn't want to add too many photos.
32  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Silly Earrings on: July 24, 2007 02:49:07 PM
So I mostly do "fiber" crafts. Sewing, knitting, dyeing...but I started to make some silly jewelry. And yes, it is a lot of fun! I just don't know how I will be able to handle wanting fabric, yarn and beads/jewelry supplies!

Oh well, at least these were cheap!

I thought it would be fun to make somethings from little tiny plastic things (mostly animals) but if you know where to get other trinkets or plastic charms please let me know!

It all started with....

Some devil duck pencil toppers I had around

Then I went to some toy/gift stores and found some little plastic animals. I showed my friends all the stuff I got and they commented on the ones they liked the best. So I made these two pair for them.


The great thing is that my ears really don't like weighty earrings (even the devil ducks are a little heavy), but I can't even feel the plastic animals. The last place I have to go and search is the party supply store.
33  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Stenciled Laptop Bag on: July 13, 2007 10:06:15 PM
I have been doing all sorts of new things. I just got a laptop sleeve and it was plain black. I wanted something more interesting. So I busted out some stencils. I did just a little bit to get me through my trip that is coming up, but I want to take my time so I don't go too far, which is a problem I have and look for some more stencils.

34  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / I never expected to post some shoes! on: July 13, 2007 08:43:19 PM
This has been one crafty night. I usually where my speedo slides whenever just need something on my feet and they are totally falling apart. So at Target I found some white canvas slides, but how boring! First of all not very interesting, second of all there is so much dust and dirt here that even the shoes in the store were starting to look dingy. I got out my Fabricmate markers and did a little coloring. Drawing/"art" is not my thing and it just kind of looks like markers on canvas, but oh well!

They will get worn. Maybe the bright colors will make me feel better because I was looking at some other shoes at Target that I thought were cute (and I am not really a shoe person) that I COULD NOT get my foot into because I have wide feet Cry
35  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Discussion and Questions / Has anyone tried to dye a bra? on: July 13, 2007 03:29:04 PM
Just wondering. They have a lot of nylon, or would the spandex and elastic just make it look stupid?
36  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Self patterned dress now with Finished Dress!!! Lotsa Pics on: July 03, 2007 11:51:08 AM
It has been a while and the dress has been made for almost a month now, but I am finally posting it. It ended up being a "birthday" dress, as that is when I finished it. The last dress I made was finished for my boyfriends birthday. So here are the pics! The hardest part was I corrected the mock up at home and I only have a small mirror. So when I wore the dress out and we happened to stop at Target I found a full length mirror and looked at myself. The dress (and the mirror) make me look tall and extra skinny.


Since it was so much fun I also made a matching headband.

At the fabric store I found some fabric that spoke to me, so the challenge was to come up with a pattern for it. It was actually the same fabric in different colors as this apron I made for a swap. I really liked how the contrasting bias looked so I knew I wanted that to be an element. After some sketching I came up with this for my design

There is contrast bias along the yoke edges, armhole and neckline. I like the look of the gathered bust, but found that generally this style is done with halter tops and I didn't want to do that because I want to be able to wear my everyday bra. The skirt is gored with A-line flare. I draped it one afternoon on my lunch break. The "Part 1" is because I have only finished the mock up. It is however a finished mock up because as I was draping this dress I found out about Burda Style Design and Pattern Competition and decided to enter. I was already patterning a garment...so why not?

Front and Front Detail


37  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Anyone made a page a day calendar? on: June 18, 2007 01:23:19 PM
Exactly, I want to make a page a day calendar, has anyone ever done it?
Are there templates?
Should I just make it and then go to kinko's to have it bound?
If I do does it have to be a "standard" size?
What is that glue that goes holds page a day calendars/note pads together at the top, but allows you to tear off the top sheet?

38  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / 1940's inspired women's tailored suit on: June 18, 2007 11:33:11 AM
My last year of college I got to take a tailoring class. We designed, patterned and built our own women's suit based on the L-85 war production board's fabric limitations during WWII. It was my first tailoring class and our university was on the quarter system so we had ten weeks to do it all. Later I took more classes in tailoring, it was just tailoring from commercial patterns and we had 15 weeks, which felt like a breeze because there was no designing or patterning! This suit was built for the costume department's stock.

Here is my little sketch for my design with images I used for inspiration. The details are contrast binding around the edges of the jacket and kick pleats in the skirt.

In Process
You can see the pad stitched lapels and the contrast button holes and welt pockets. What was I thinking? I had never done welt pockets or bound buttonholes and with contrast fabric.

Adding the Binding
This is when it really came together I sewed on the bias binding half by machine and then by hand for a clean neat finish. You can see that I was having fun and used matching pins.

The complete suit
Most of the time I spent working was on the jacket, I built the skirt from a commercial skirt block. It is basically the shape of skirt block with princess seams (that match the princess lines on the jacket) and kick pleats.

Jacket close up

39  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Leaving things for random people to find Question? Ideas? on: June 17, 2007 11:19:49 AM
I have always like the idea of leaving things for other people to find...message in a bottle, messages of goodwill, books dollar bills and I want to start leaving art. www.found-art.com The idea is to leave art for people to find with a web address on the back so they can comment on finding your art if they wish. Now the problem I have is that I really consider myself a crafter/technician, perhaps artisan, but not an artist. I like taking patterns and making them, or taking costume renderings and figuring out how to make them "in the real world". I don't really like taking ideas/feeling/whatever and making it into an art piece--I need more limitations than that! I can't really draw, or paint, I don't take photographs. So what can I make? I do have one idea, which is to take seasons/holidays and make things celebrating these events. What else could I do? My other idea was to make buttons, but then I would need a button maker! I like the button idea because someone could wear it, or keep it in a trinket box or give it to someone who collects buttons and you could use paper, magazines, fabric...to make the buttons. So I am looking for ideas that are easy to "mass" produce, and cheap!

Also if anyone knows where to find information on a fact for each day, specifically relating to that day...like "September 19th is talk like a pirate day" or "On January 15 (this interesting thing happened)" or "June is National Dairy Month".

Thanks...and think about leaving your own found art in your community!

Short story on leaving things for other people to find
When I was little I had a stuffed animal squeaky pig. I had no strong feelings towards the pig, it was a fine toy. However one day we were driving through the neighborhood and I asked my mom if I could throw the pig out the car window. She said that if I was OK with NEVER seeing the pig again I could. I was prepared to let go of the pig and I set him free. It was exciting for me to believe the pig would have a new life that I wouldn't know about. (He probably wound up in the trash) but maybe another little girl was walking down the street and found him, and loved him...the idea of that was exciting to me. Then we got home and my dad was upset about the pig...apparently he really liked the pig Tongue
40  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Fabric Covered Headband on: June 15, 2007 10:37:21 AM
I got my hair cut and now I can use/need some sort of hair accessory. I really like the headbands in stores, but I was in target and they were like $8. I also went to the "hair care" isle and still, the plain one were like $3. My boyfriend suggested I go to the dollar store. I did and bought two headbands, 1" wide and 2" wide. I had to deconstruct them to add my fabric and here is the 1" one. I don't have fabric for the second one yet. I want a gingham or check, something that will look cool all bias-y. 

As you can see I added the braid(?) along the inside that you find on some headbands. This one I think will be easier than the 2" wide one because as I was taking the fabric off of it it left a strip of sticky stuff on the inside. It reminded me of toupee tape or something...a double sided tape, rather than a glue, because after I took off the fabric it was still tacky. So this made it easier to shape the fabric around the headband, because it stayed in place. Then I used white glue for the rest of the construction. I know I probably should have used some other glue, but that is what I had. I usually don't put things together with glue.

If anyone has glue suggestions I would love to hear them!
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