Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Dyeing with shaving cream

A "marbling" fabric dyeing class was offered at our local sewing center. I signed up and spent the day with my girlfriend laughing and designing fabric.
This was a type of dyeing I've never done. On our plastic table mat you squirted on loads of shaving cream, smoothed it out and on top of the shaving cream you put dots of paint on, then swirl it around making designs.

The paint we used was Lumier. I've used it before designing fabrics, it has a  beautiful metallic, soft finish that's washable.

So, you get your design ready then lay your fabric on top, gently press the fabric into the paint, pull off, then comes the hard part, lifting off the shaving cream with a piece of plastic trying not to smear the paint.
This is not always successful.

Dye ready,

fabric after lifting off the cream.
I made two of these,

when it dried I place bird stickers on one, then I painted the entire fabric with the purple paint. When dry I lifted off the stickers reveling this wonderful bird fabric.

Dye ready


I then swirled the dye

and printed another piece of fabric.

We scraped our used shaving cream in a big community pile.

It became a beautiful sculpture.

Later flattening it out we laid our fabrics on it.

My "collection"!

Our lilacs are at peak, the house is smelling heavenly.

The bee skep is coming along, adding flowers, with leaves and bees coming!

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Earth Weaving

Spring has finally blossomed in Michigan, I began my weekend walking our yard gathering all the flowering branches I could find.

Mothers Day I took an hour for myself and began weaving. This years weaving began with earth/ground shaded natural dyed wool and choke cherry tree twigs and will gradually work up to indigo dyed wool and small, skinny driftwood from Lake Michigan. (keep your eyes open Deb C. on your beach walks) Ending the summer with sunset colored dyed wool.

The first few rows.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

wool Bee Skep

I began laying out my bee skep. After I applique on the skep, flowers, bees and words I'm going to add a pieced wool boarder. Also this wonderful linen rick rack will be appliqued on.

My basket full of plaid wools from Primitive Gatherings.

Last weekend we put up a fence around my dye garden.
Last summer the rabbits ate it to the ground.
Behind the cedar fence we stapled on wire fencing.

My "gate" is  a section of fencing from the hardware store.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Earth Day/ Birthday/ Full Moon block

Our skies cleared in time for the Full moon and I was ready for it with my moon block waiting to be quilted.

This year with it being Earth day, my 60th birthday and a Full moon I had fun making a block to include all.
I appliqued on the moon, padded with extra batting, embroidered on the "60" candles and flames on top, and also embroidered on trees representing the Earth.
Hopefully this isn't an omen that we will have to plant trees on the moon to live:(

Full moon night I sat in bed and quilted it under the moon and my new "beam and read" battery light.

I designed this summer wall hanging to stitch with my wools.
Each layer of the bee skep will be a different yellow.
This past week I began dyeing, a little each day.

A couple of layers were dyed with Osage orange tree bark.

I love these little pieces of plaid and striped wool. I buy them from  It's a wonderful quilt shop I buy little bundles of this wool, just enough to use for applique. (There's no chunks cut out of them.)

Another row was dyed with dried dyers chamomile from my garden last summer.

Of course, I needed daffodils and was not able to find any cut daffodils in the stores, my friend put a message on Facebook and one of her friends donated these to give to me! How wonderful was that, thank you Deb.
I soaked them a few days in water than simmered them in the dye bath with a piece of wool.

Saturday I woke to find this pail full of dandelions picked by my young neighbor girl and left on my porch. She came back later and helped me dye the wool. She's 10 and love herbs, natural dyes and making natural skin creams with me. She'll be a great herbalist someday.

Dyed with dandelions.

And this is the "collection"
Starting on the left, daffodils, dandelions, chamomile and two Osage orange.

I planted some "Ancient sweet pepper" seeds.
I wanted to show you the "green house" I started them in.
This is an organic egg carton you buy filled at the store.
It has a drain tray on the bottom and the plastic lid on the top that the sun will shine through.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Tribute to my mother

Since my last post 6 or so weeks ago my life has changed as it does for so many with elderly parents. Mine are now in need of help with their daily life, I spend a couple hours or so with them almost every day, finding many blessings in this time. I was fortunate to have wonderful parents and lucky to be able to give my time back to them. (not to say I'm not exhausted and in need of some "me" time but I'm trying to squeeze that in).
My mom was never really a quilter but loved to mend clothes. In the mid 1980's when trapunto quilting became popular using young girls bright thick hair yarn for the stuffing, my mom fell in love with it and made several pieces.
I've been appreciating them all over again, they have my moms quiet, kind spirit and love of flowers and nature in them.
I wanted to share a few with you.

She made quite a few pillows.

And I love this happy sunshine with butterflies.

And don't forget Friday, Earth day and full pink moon. I'm working on a block to add to my moon journal. And the "60" candles on top represents my "earth day birthday".
Hopefully,  I'll see you next Tuesday or Wednesday and share my completed moon block and new quilt design and natural dyeing with you!

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Winter Camping

Last Wednesday night we had a heavy winter snow, Mother Nature kindly added a row to my earth loom. With a sprinkling of stars tumbling down, it was beautiful.
This picture showed up better on my camera, but you get the idea.

My husband and I left Thursday for a long weekend of nature and solitude at our local State Park. It was quiet and wonderful. The only thing we did was hike, eat, sleep, read and I quilted, a lot. Perfect.

When we went out in the morning we found there had been a party around our camper during the night. Deer,


and raccoon prints were everywhere.

We hiked through the woods and into the dunes.

This moss stays emerald green all winter.

At the top of the dunes,

a quick photo, there was a very cold wind blowing off the water.

The waves were high.

Crackers, cheese and shrimp for supper.

Then out to watch the sunset.

It was so cold but worth it.

Following the Lake home.

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