Friday, January 21, 2011

Shibori Dye Tank

The summer of 2010 was very wet and cool.  It seemed the only sunny days were those on which I was scheduled to work. I was only able to dye on one day. I am working on making my loom controlled shibori scarves more easily marketable. (I wrote about them here and here) As I am making them now, they are too labor intensive to sell for a price I think my customers are willing to pay. I think if I can dye several scarves at a time, I may be able to sell them for less. To that end, I designed a "tank" to dye the scarves in.

It is a simple box made from plywood and 2X3 lumber.


I lined the tank with plastic and filled it with about quart of black Procion MX dye thickened with sodium alginate. Because I was outside, I took some care and leveled the table. I added the scarves, then painted the tops with brown dye.   I folded the plastic on the sides over the top and let the whole thing batch in the sun for several hours.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Simple Cardmaking

My best friend, GG, spent Saturday and Sunday afternoon with me, making cards in my studio. She mentioned that I haven't updated my blog in a  while, so I thought I'd show you what we were doing.

First, I've a confession to make... I am a hoarder of things with possibilty.  This includes all kinds of art supplies, sewing and quilting supplies and fabrics, weaving and knitting yarns, wood and building materials, and garden seeds.  My justification is that I live a long way from any stores where these things are readily available, so I have to be prepared for whenever the creative urge strikes. And I must also save any of those little bits and bobs that can be recycled...waste not.... my studio is chuck full of possibilities.  One of my resolutions is to reduce the hoard.  I had a great time making cards, unfortunately the endeavor used only a small handful of stuff from the pile.

The first picture is of cards we made from scraps of handwoven fabric unraveled a bit,scraps of vintage lace,vintage buttons and recycled images from old calendars and magazines.


These cards are from recycled calendar images and different colored cardstock.


These are from grosgrain ribbon and rickrack scraps, used buttons, a pewter placque, and tiny bits of embroidery floss.