Saturday, January 29, 2011

Saturday Jan. 29

I was out early this morning with the dogs. Had to be careful though, as the hunters are out. Next on my agenda is the domestic stuff - laundry, vacuum, dust etc. etc. Then I'm off to the studio for a couple of hours. I'll put dinner in the crock pot first.

Yesterday I was home with my youngest son who was fending off the last bits of a bad cold. I felt that I needed the break from the studio anyway, a break from creativity. But what did I do? I picked up my knitting!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Organza Jacket

This is my latest silk organza jacket. The fabric was stretched then painted using Pebeo setasilk and setacolor textile paints. The ribbons are silk as well. There is little bit of stamping done in green.

The stamp is a series of 4 stamps that I carved from 1" square erasers. I'm not in the studio right now so I can't show you. But I'll take a picture of it tomorrow. It is one of my favorite stamps, I guess because it is the one that most successfully imitates the kind of line I use when I am drawing.

I added the red line free hand.

The double collar has become the signature piece of this jacket.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Last day with the Kangaroo Dyer

Yesterday brought our workshop with Gail Callahan, aka the kangaroo Dyer to a close. We had a great time, with wonderful results.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Dyeing Animal Fibers with the Kangaroo Dyer

Second day of dyeing workshop at the CherScapes Downtown Fiber Art Studios with the Kangaroo Dyer, aka Gail Callahan.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Dyeing Animal Fibers with the Kangaroo Dyer

Gail Callahan, aka the Kangaroo Dyer, and author of "Hand Dyeing Yarn and Fleece" is teaching a workshop at the CherScapes Downtown Fiber Art Studio.

By the end of the weekend they will all have a beautiful hand dyed color wheel.

Here are the first pics. Hot off the camera.

For more information on classes and workshops click on the ink below

Friday, January 21, 2011


While working on some new pieces today. I wanted to do some stamping with textile paints, on small areas that needed to be masked off.

The masked off areas are small and simple. I was thinking that there must be something I have around the studio that is quicker than using painter's tape.

Then I thought of my old telephone books!

It works like a charm. The pages rip out of the book really nicely. They tear in half easily as well.

So don't send those old telephone books to recycling just yet.

Results of Dyeing with MX Fiber Reactives Dyes Workshop

Here are pictures of just some of the samples of the amazing dyeing that went on last weekend, here in the CherScapes studio. It was a great, albiet an exhausting, weekend.

My students learned a lot, and were very complementary. I learnt a lot as well. They were a fabulous group to work with.

By Ann Marie LaBollita

By Susan Loring-Wells

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Cleaning up the studio after the dyeing workshop and yesterday's snow day. Today lots of ice, but I made it in. The weekend went fabulously well.

Photos to come later today, so stay tuned.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Dyeing Workshop Using Procion MX Fiber Reactive Dyes

Getting ready for my dyeing workshop this weekend. I am delighted to have some people coming from out of town.

We posted the event of the Surface Design Association web site . They came across it while surfing the web for something else.

It is a fun workshop. Lots of exciting activity, and everyone leaves with a mountain of beautiful samples! These samples make a perfect base for using many other surface design techniques, such as stamping, stenciling and silk screening.

Here's Susan Loring-Wells working on her mountain of work! The studio would not function without her!

Monday, January 3, 2011

I'd like to begin to post every day. Or at least every other day. My intention is bring at least one thought, one artistic muse or happening, however small, to print. Today was to be day one. But I am spent! I have been trying to work on the book after a full day in the studio, while also trying to sort through Etsy, FB and research for the book. My head is spinning. Images are a whirl.

I am resting my bare feet on the warm radiator under my desk, while listening to the dogs snoring nearby.

I am behind on all my work - great and small. But it will all have to wait. Bed is calling and sleep is over taking me.

Good night world. Tomorrow is indeed, another day.