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Showing posts from February, 2010

"Arriving at one goal is the starting point to another." John Dewey

The past few weeks have been spent trying to finish up projects I started a while back, along with starting a few new ones. It seems when I'm working on one project it spawns ideas for other ventures so instead of finishing what I'm working on, I jump into yet another new piece. Of course that happens with reading also. I never read one book at a time. I've always got at least 2 that I'm reading; one fiction and one non-fiction. Guess I've got ADD or just trying to cram too many things into my life.
Whatever it is that keeps me jumping from one project to another or reading multiple books at once I can honestly say that I'm never bored!
Anyway, back to the reason for this post...
First, the project I finished 2 weeks ago and am in the process of framing this.
I showed this in progress a while back. The title is "Tidal Pool". The background was done on mounted canvas. Then I used a piece of dyed silk to embroider and bead on. I used some netting and …

Mixed Media Art Quilt Workshop with Mary Hetts

I had promised myself I would try and post at least once a week! Well, it's not happening. I have to confess that I've gotten hooked on Facebook. This time last year I was hooked on blogging. When blogging was new to me I met so many very talented people that I was constantly checking out everyone's blog to see what they had created. I was posting several times a week and I was online daily for several hours in order to keep up with everyone. I finally told myself that in order to accomplish anything myself as far as artwork or housework goes, I needed to 'kick the habit' and limit myself to just one day a week at blogging.

That worked for me and then my Facebook friends started to increase and I have been checking Facebook several times daily for months now! It's become quite a habit and I find myself not getting any blogging done but more importantly, not getting the artwork done that I had planned for the New Year. I have been pretty good about the cleaning…

Discharge Dyeing

Is it really February already??? How did January come & go so quickly? I still haven't finished all the things on my to-do list for January... Oh well, at least I got my studio clean and organized, that was my main focus.

I took some time on Friday to experiment a little bit with discharge dyeing.
It's not really dyeing, it's actually removal of dye from the fabric. I just used standard household bleach. You need to rinse thoroughly and then soak in a solution
afterward to stop the bleaching process. I have read several articles on this subject and some say you can just rinse in white vinegar and that will stop the bleaching. I've also read that that is WRONG! That the fumes from the vinegar on the bleached items can produce nasty toxic fumes and that the vinegar will not stop the process. I have to admit, the very first time I did any discharging was with
softscrub cleanser. I just squirted it on the fabric, in this case it was cotton velvet. After I saw the amou…