Monday, August 18, 2014

Finally some fun experimenting in the wet studio.

So just a hint to fellow fiber buddies: If you are interested in trying out Lumi dyes check your JoAnn Fabric store for the product in their clearance section.
I had been planning on trying out the product for a while now so was excited to get it at such bargain prices.
Lumi has 3 or 4 different kits available w/Inkodye and then you'll find various little pounches or bottles of Inkodye along with the necessary Inkodye detergent.

Here are three pieces of silk that have been dipped in blue inkodye just to test run the color .
Wrinkles or folds done so these are now ready to put out in the sun to process.

Here are the blue pieces after developing in the sun so now ready to be washed in the inkodye fabric detergent.

Test run of red Inkodye.

Finally getting to use my little washer tub to help wash out the dye.

I am really loving my stainless sink in the wet studio (AKA as our basement)

I enjoyed experimenting with the product and look forward to trying  different techniques with the dye and switching from silk to cotton fabric.

The technique I used today was to crunch up the silk or create folds for lines, the premiss is where the sun hits the fabric the dye color will develop and where the fabric does not receive sun light the fabric will stay the color the fabric was to begin with.

So many possibilities and fun yet to come.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Modern Quilt Guild Michael Miller Challenge

Many of us Modern Quilt Guild members signed up to participate in a Michael Miller Challenge.
I along with many of my NJ Modern Quilt Guild buddies decided that we would participate and one of the NJ guild's idea was to include curves somehow into our designs.
I began by sewing together strips of curves of the challenge fabric  
From there I decided to cut the new fabric into strips
I decided to start to create some semi log cabin squares
Along the way I kept adding the squares to the design board
You might notice the design took on a life of it's own.

Close up of stitching

Finished in time and posted on the Modern Quilt guild site along with over 700 other entries.
Was a lot of fun and great practice to be be challenged to create something original.