Sunday Roundup

Happy Sunday! Here’s a Sunday roundup of what has been going on here this past week.

I’m teaching my Wind Wishes: Inspirational Flags class this week at Gilda’s Club so I’ve been preparing for this fun class which involved cutting and sewing up flags. I have enough now for everyone to paint four – three to take home and one to hang in the clubhouse.

whiteflagsI finished cutting stencils to use on the flags. Here is a tutorial on how I cut these.

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My blackberry-dyed bowls set is complete!

blackberrybowlsDave likes to use these on his blog for photos of his harvests. (If you are interested in gardening, here is a link to his blog.) I made that real small bowl to put my jewelry in when not being worn. Thanks to Dave for these photos.

handbowlI really love making these bowls. I dyed some cord last week and I’ll be making some bright-colored bowls soon.

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Dave has requested a new apron so I’ll be ice dyeing him one this week.

Talking about ice dyeing, my Icy Delights online class is going strong. I love seeing all of the beautiful fabric created from my students. Here are a couple t-shirts by Lisa M. Aren’t they beautiful?

Lisa'sshirtsAnd Deb Donnell made a collage of some of her beautiful fabric. Ooh La La!

Deborah DonnellIf you are interested in learning how to ice dye and/or joining in the fun, check out my promo video HERE. Once you sign up for the class, you can join our Facebook group where you will meet Lisa and Deb and many of the other students. It’s a great community to share and learn from each other.

Last week, we had some utility shelving built for our basement. I have been so looking forward to this project so we can get organized. Many of the boxes have not been opened since we moved here almost 10 years ago.

Here are the shelves with some of the organized boxes back on the shelving, but there is so much more to go through.

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From the stuff I went through, I ended up taking a couple loads to the local thrift store and filling up the recycle bin! These four quilts are just a few of my grandma’s quilts that I inherited. They had to be washed since the container I stored them in wasn’t water tight.

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Grandma had quite a few quilts that were split between the four of us after she and mom died back in the 70s. When my brother died, I went to retrieve his quilts and they were not in good shape at all.  In addition to holes and tattered, they are pretty stained. He really used his share. Most of mine have been stored away for some day in the future. As the years roll by I need to really think about what I’m going to do with them.

Below are two of his that really need to be cutters. The star quilt on the right is in real bad shape while the other one still has a lot of good areas. I always said I wouldn’t cut up a quilt, but these will see my scissors soon.

cuttersI’ve seen all kinds of things made with these quilts from little wall hangings and ornaments to pillows and notebook covers. What would you do with these quilts? I’d love to hear your suggestions.

As always, thanks for dropping by and I sure hope this will be the start of a great week for you.

 

 

 

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Tub Dyeing with Wonder Washer

When I’m not ice dyeing, I usually low immersion dye which often produces uneven color which I love. Here is an old blog post on low immersion.

However, there are times when I want uniform or solid color. For those of you not familiar with dyeing, the best way to get uniform color is tub or vat dyeing. The only problem with this method is you need to keep with it and stir it a lot. It reminds me of making ketchup, but a much less intense process. You can also dye in the washing machine which I don’t even want to go there. However, there is an alternative, the Wonder Washer, a portable washing machine.

WonderwasherI bought this little machine over a year ago, but just hadn’t gotten around to using it. Saturday was the day! I wanted to dye some napkins to go with these placemats I bought this Spring. I’ve been thinking all summer that I wanted to have napkins that matched instead of all of the mismatched ones.

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Here is one of the original napkins. I found these at a second hand store. I love how they feel and when I saw them I knew they were destined to be dyed and used in our house.

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Here is what they look like now.

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So let’s get started. I use the directions on Tub Dyeing from Dharma Trading. You can find the info here. On that page on the right is a link to download a pdf.

Per Dharma Trading instructions, since I’m dyeing around a half pound of fabric (yes, I weighed it!) I added a total 1.5 gallons of water. A little of that water was held out to dissolve the salt, soda ash, and the dye.

So first I poured in the warm tap water into the Wonder Washer.

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Next was to add the dye. I mixed the 1/2 teaspoon of fiber reactive dye (in this case, Dharma Avocado) in the extra water and then added it to the washer.

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I turned the Program knob to standard and the Timer to 5 minutes, although you could do less or more. I just wanted to make sure the dye was mixed real well with the water.

wonderwasher7Now it’s time to dissolve and add the non-iodized salt. I added the 1.5 cups of salt to some of the reserved warm water and dissolved it before pouring it into the dye bath.

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Now it’s time to add the fabric. In my case it is four napkins. Turn off the machine. Do not add the fabric when the machine is running.

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Place the cover over the washer and set the timer for 15 minutes. At the end of the 15 minutes add another 5 minutes for a total of 20 minutes.  I had to take a peek.

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Now we need to add soda ash. If you don’t add soda ash, the dye will wash out. Dissolve the 1/6 cup of soda ash in that reserve water.

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With the machine off, use something that can help you push the fabric to the side. I used a clean paint stir. You want to make sure when you add the dissolved soda ash that it doesn’t come in contact with the fabric.

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Add the soda ash solution slowly, but not all at once. I added about a third first, and once I added it to the area without the fabric, I stirred that area to distribute it. Then I put on the lid and turned on the timer for 5 minutes. After that time, I added another third again being careful not to pour on the fabric and then repeated the process one more time. So this takes 15 minutes.

Now it’s time to set your timer for 30 minutes (for light colors), 1 hour for dark colors. Since the Wonder Washer can only be set for 15 minutes, you need a regular timer to keep track. When the 15 minutes is over, just reset it for another 15 minutes until you are done. My time for this was 35 minutes since I was looking for somewhat dark, but not deep dark.

Now just take the fabric out and rinse in cool water until the water runs clear. I like to do a soap soak for 30 minutes before I throw them in the washer. I believe it helps get out the last of the dye so I know at the end of washing the loose dye is gone. Then the fabric goes into the washing machine set on hot with two rinses. Dry, iron, and you have some beautiful evenly dyed fabric.

Now let’s see how they look with the placemat.

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A note about the Wonder Washer. You can use it on a table which I did. However, make sure that it’s a wide table and there is no chance that it will “walk” off. I also didn’t feel like I could leave the dye studio during that time for fear that it might take a dive off the table and create a real big mess! Operating it from the floor is probably a better idea.

Even though it’s a long process, when I want uniform dyeing this is the way I’ll go from now on. I was really pleased with my results.

As for the butterflies, I created a couple stencils on my Brother Scan and Cut from scanning the place mat. I usually would not scan someone else’s artwork, but since this is just for our use here at home, I see no problem with it. I stenciled with deColourant. For the dark butterfly I used deColourant Plus Bronze. If you’re not familiar with deColourant, here is a post about it.

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I’m so happy to finally have matching napkins. Now I need to dye some of those vintage napkins I have stashed.

Oh, and for those of you who like videos, below is my video of this process. Thanks for dropping by.

 

 

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How To: Cloth Dolls

This is another one of those projects I’ve been wanting to make for quite awhile – cloth dolls.

moremusedollsWhat a great way to use up some of my fabric stash!

I came upon a video from Barb Owen and it was time for me to play! Barb reminds me of  Carole Duvall. Do you remember Carole? She could do anything craft related. I absolutely loved her, her books, and her TV show. I believe Barb has stepped into her shoes. Here is the link to that video where she shows how to make these dolls and includes a pattern. If you want to dig even deeper into making art dolls, Barb has a new online class here.

Here is the process:

After printing out her pattern, (I printed it out on heavier paper so I could use it multiple times) trace around it on a piece of your fabric with disappearing ink pen. This will be the front of your doll.

clothdoll1Set that cutout piece on top of the wrong side of the fabric that will be the back of your doll, and just loosely cut around it.

clothdoll2Now to the machine – or you could hand sew – and sew these two pieces of fabric together, about 1/8 inch from the edge of the top piece. Be sure and leave an opening to stuff the doll.

clothdoll3Below you can see where I left the hole to stuff.

clothdoll4Now cut the back fabric even with your front piece.

clothdoll5clothdoll6Now stuff. She recommends using a hemostat. This is a slow process – great while  watching TV.

clothdoll7Now he’s all stuffed. Sew up the opening and you’re done.

clothdoll8And the whole crew again.

moremusedollsBarb also gives directions in her video for faces. I’m not sure whether my dolls will ever get faces. For now I will just imagine how they are feeling.

I do want to make more of these. However, I have some other projects I want to work on right now. Have a good week.

 

 

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Painted Zippered Bag Class

We had so much fun yesterday at my Painted Zippered Bag class. They created some lovely bags.

PaintedzipperbagclassUnfortunately, I didn’t get pictures of all of the completed bags. They were amazing! Here are some pictures from the class.

The classroom – all ready for the students.

paintedzip7We used  mostly Jacquard Textile and Lumiere paints. I like that they are thick enough for stenciling, but not too thick to spread over the canvas. Of course, they also can be watered down.

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What a fun class. We plan to schedule another one soon. If you are local and interested in this class, email me at lheines at wowway dot com.

I caught Puddin standing up the other day. She did it several times and stayed standing, but by the time I got the camera I didn’t get a great shot. I was just so surprised.

puddinstandingupWhat was she looking at? The only thing we could come up with was the Limelight Hydrangea that is right outside my window. This is the first year they have bloomed that tall! Several times I’ve thought someone was out there looking in.

hydrangeaoutwindowThanks for dropping by. Have a great day!

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Dyeing with Blackberries

Lots of harvesting going on here and that means I need to inventory and clean out the freezers. I meant to do this earlier in the summer when the produce was still in the garden, but I just didn’t make time for it.

While cleaning out the freezers I found a couple bags of old blackberries. These were vintage 2012 and 2013. Since we have a bumper crop this year, I decided to try dyeing with blackberries.

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First to make the dye pot. I poured all of the frozen blackberries into the dye pot and put them out in the sun to thaw.

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After thawed, I crushed them with my hands. You notice I am wearing gloves!

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After I felt they were crushed enough I added just a little bit of water. I heated the blackberries and juice on high until they were hot, but not boiling. Then I turned the heat to low and let it cook for 30 minutes.

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After the 3o minutes I removed the dye pot from the heat and let it cool down over night. The next day I strained the pot to get rid of the seeds.

blackberrydye6Now I needed to prepare the fabric. I’m using silk, linen, cotton, and cotton clothesline cord.

I dissolved one tablespoon of Alum to a gallon of hot water. Once it cooled to warm, I added the fabric and let them soak for 30 minutes.

blackberrydye5Now it was time to add the fabric to the dye pot.

blackberrydye7I let the dye pot heat to just under a simmer for 30 minutes and then moved the pot out to the dye studio to sit overnight.

After 24 hours I remove one of the silk scarves and a piece of fabric. Here is how they looked after washed, dried, and ironed.

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As you can see, the cotton piece is barely dyed. So I decided I’d leave the rest of the fabric in the pot for three days.

Here are the results of the other silk scarf and two hankies. The top hankie is linen which did take the dye better. The spots on the bottom hankie are probably from berries that I didn’t get out of the dye sitting on the fabric for three days!

blackberrydye10Here are two pieces of cotton fabric.

blackberrydye11And a bandana for Dave. It’s the spiral design but I folded it in fourths so you could see the design.

blackberrydye9And the clothesline cord. It’s not real dark, but it does have a slight purple and blue tint. I think it will make a lovely bowl.

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This picture shows all but the cord. You can see the difference better in this picture between the one day verses three days on both the silk scarves and the hankies.

blackberrydye8From this grand experiment I found that silk dyes much better. Even after three days the cotton fabric and the bandana are pretty light.

Of course, if you’d rather eat the blackberries, check out my recipes here.

Want some other inspiration? Check out what others are doing for Off The Wall Friday.

 

 

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July 2016 Review

One of my online quilter friends, Luann, writes a review at the end of each month about what she’s accomplished. I’m always amazed at how much she gets done. Check out her blog here.

So I thought I’d do that today. I’m taking a look back at July. It’s been a busy month.

I started the month making those clothesline bowls. So much fun.

allbowls

Then I updated my Icy Delights online class. I added a whole section on patterns, updated the colors and combos, and added my dye shaker video.

patternsinclassOn July 24 I harvested my last blueberry. We ended up with 2.5 gallons of frozen blueberries, not including those we ate every day.

lastlargebbharvest

Our blackberry harvest has been great this year. I made some blackberry fruit leather (rollups) for snacks this winter. Here is a tutorial I wrote several years ago on the process. Super easy!

blackberryleather16 While cleaning out the freezers the other day, I found a couple bags of old blackberries. I put them in a pot and dyed some fabric. I’ll tell you more about that once I have all of the results.

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I sewed these little cloth dolls. I’ll be posting a tutorial this week.

moremusedolls

I had so much fun playing with Jacquards Marbling kit and wrote this tutorial.

How to marble with Jacquard Marbling Kit

How to marble with Jacquard Marbling Kit

I also have been working on a new class, Painted Zippered Bags that I’m offering locally at Scattered Art in Newburgh Indiana this Saturday at 10 am. The class is filling up! If you are local and interested in the class, be sure and contact Dolly at 812.490-0074 to save your seat. Here are a few samples:

anotherpaintedzipbag zipbagspicThis past Saturday I taught another Easy and Fun Silk Scarf Dyeing class, but this was for a private group. Davie Sue, one of my students from an earlier class, was planning a family reunion and since they’d be in town she gathered some family members together for their very own class. It was so much fun meeting everyone and loved that they not only created some beautiful scarves, but made some great family memories. If you’d like your own class and are local, whether to celebrate a birthday or bring some good friends together for two hours of play, I’d love to bring my Easy and Fun Silk Scarf Dyeing class to you! Email me at lheines at wowway dot com.

As always, everyone went home with some beautiful scarves and lots of smiles.

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I taught kids at Gilda’s Club of Evansville how to tie dye. Here is the pile of shirts all washed and dry ready to take back to the kids for their last day of summer camp.

tiedyedshirts

Traveled over to Leavenworth to meet my friend Joy at the Overlook Restaurant. It was so good to catch up with her.

Joyand me

As I blogged about last week, I finally made that small art quilt with that raw silk I had dyed awhile back.

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I also was able to get out in my kayak again if only for a short time before another storm came up. Here’s hoping I’ll be able to get out there again soon.

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I took a couple days and cleaned part of my studio. It felt good, but some much more to be done. Here is Puddin sleeping on top of the chair. She doesn’t care that I took down the curtain and put up the flags.

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We still have a couple loads of the tree to haul to the dump. Between gardening and the heat, Dave’s not had a chance to chainsaw the remaining pieces.

Wow! Now looking back, it has been a really busy month. I can’t believe it’s going to be August tomorrow. Where did the summer go?

Thanks for dropping by.

 

 

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An Art Quilt: My Process

I’ve been working on a small art quilt. I dyed this raw silk awhile back and have been wanting to make something with it.

Here is my process on deciding on the final design. I love this piece of green and eggplant fabric. I just couldn’t seem to figure out how to free motion quilt it so thought I’d set it aside and see what came up.

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I decided I needed to add some circles. So the fun begins. This first circles were way too heavy.

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Covering up the background wasn’t working for me so I cut out the large circle and added another one and several small circles.

artquiltlayout3But that seemed way too busy. Let’s move them around. Nope, don’t like this one.

artquiltlayout4Maybe they need to be place differently. Looks like a bullseye and way too busy.

artquiltlayout5Let’s go back to the top corner and use less circles. Now this is too plain – not enough action for me.

artquiltlayout6So I added the other circle and this design, I felt, was getting closer. However, almost too much green.

artquiltlayout7I decided I needed to bring out the white. Yes, this is the one I liked. Now to free motion sew it.

artquiltlayout8Here is it free motioned and all ready to be bound and hung.

artquiltlayoutfinalTaking pictures of the process really helped me to decide where I wanted to go with this. I’d look at the layout and like it. Then after seeing the picture I found I really didn’t like it. I’ve got several more pieces of this dyed fabric I want to play with.

Yesterday I started cleaning and rearranging the studio. I’ve been getting a bit overwhelmed with all of this stuff. I look around and realize that I have plenty of room, but I really need to organize it better.

Hope you have a creative week. I’ll be here organizing, purging, and cleaning.

 

 

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Review: Jacquard Marbling Kit

In 2013 I had so much fun marbling. It really became an obsession. I even taught a local three-session class on it to lure the local art girls into marble mania. If you are interested in my past marbling adventures, check out these posts.

Yesterday I decided to return to marbling. Here are some of my pieces from that session.

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This time I am marbling using the Jacquard Marbling Kit.

Jacquard Marbling KitThis kit comes with everything you need to marble except fabric or paper and the marbling pan. It also comes with directions and troubleshooting tips.

As I talked about before in previous marbling posts, this is not a process that you decide to do in the morning. There is some prep.

For the fabric prep, dissolve 4 tablespoons of Alum in one gallon of warm water.

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Add fabric and let it soak for  20-30 minutes. I decided to marble some previously ice dyed pieces and some plain white fabric.

fabricsoakinginalum After soaking, hang the fabric to dry. Iron and it is all ready to be marbled.

To prepare the thickened water or “size”, add 2 tablespoons of the the carrageenan slowly to a gallon of warm water. The best way to do this is with a blender. Adding a cup or two of water and a little carrageenan. Then dump that into a container and add more water and carrageenan until all of the carrageenan has been added. It needs to be completely dissolved.

makingthesizeNow wait until it clears. They recommend 12 hours. After mine was completely dissolved, I put it in a gallon water jug and stored it in the dye studio refrigerator for the next day’s session. The next morning I took it out of the refrigerator, poured into my marbling pan and let it sit for several hours so that it could come to room temperature. This is an important point – the marbling size and the paint need to be at room temperature. If there are any bubbles on the size, drag a piece of newspaper over the surface toward you.

Now it’s time to play. Here is my studio set up to marble.

marblingsetupThe small plastic container in the front is for me to test the paints on the size.  I took a little bit of the size and put it in the container and then added each color to see how it spread. They all worked great so it was time to get started.

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Next comes the fun part – creating the pattern on the size. If you’d like to see me creating a pattern on the size, check out my video at the end of this post.

addingpainttosize Once you like your pattern, lower the fabric on top of it, lift it off, and set aside on newspaper or newsprint.

marblingwetpiecesOnce done marbling, lightly rinse off each piece and hang them to dry.

rinsingoffsizeAfter 24 hours, iron. In the past when I’ve ironed on the right side, it messed up the pattern. Because of that I recommend ironing on the wrong side of the fabric. Jacquard recommends not washing the fabric for several days and then hand wash cold or on a gentle cycle in the washing machine.

As for the used size, if it’s not too “dirty” with paint, you can save it and use it for another session. However, it doesn’t keep long even in the refrigerator. Mine was pretty dirty so I poured it down the drain with running hot water.

Here are some of my favorite pieces:

marblingjuly1 marblingjuly2 marblingjuly3 marblingjuly4 marblingjuly5This last piece I took the picture vertically because of the design. It looks like a flower to me! The second and last pieces were previously ice dyed with Jacquard Antique Gold.

So here are my thoughts about the Jacquard Marbling Kit:

  • These paints are so much easier to use than the acrylic paints. There is no mixing required. They spread great right out of the bottle.
  • The paint can be added to the size right out of the bottle due to the great little tip on the end.
  • Very little paint dropped to the bottom of the marbling pan.
  • All of the colors were pretty vibrant on the fabric especially the purple and yellow. A couple of pieces looked faded, but that was due to not adding enough paint.
  • Great directions are included in the kit.
  • In my past marbling sessions. my favorite pieces have been those that are marbled over previously dyed fabric. In this session, I liked my pieces that were previously dyed, but I also loved the ones that I added a lot of paint so there was very little white showing. For those pieces that I didn’t like or looked faded due to lack of enough paint, I can definitely over marble them as I have done in the past.

I did not use the synthetic gall that’s included in the kit. It helps to make the paints spread which I didn’t feel I needed. If you want one color to dominate you can add it to a little of the paint.

If you are interested in marbling, I highly recommend this kit. In the past it was fun to experiment with acrylic paints, but I found my results with these marbling paints far superior. And the fact I didn’t have to work with getting the paint the right consistency saved a lot of frustration and paint. I love my results!

Marbling is really a neat process. It’s so magical to add the paint to the size creating beautiful designs.  To give you an idea of how the process looks, here is a little video from this session.

See other Off the Wall Friday inspiration.  That’s all for today. Thanks again for dropping by.

Disclaimer: I received this product from Jacquard. The opinions expressed here are 100% my own. I was under no obligation to offer a positive review and received no monetary compensation.

 

 

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Sunday Roundup: July 17

It’s time for a Sunday Roundup.

I’ve been harvesting blueberries every other morning. I get out there early before the heat sets in. This year’s harvest has not been as productive as in the past although we will end up with four gallon bags for the freezer. That doesn’t include eating blueberries every morning in our muesli. Here’s my harvest from yesterday.

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A big storm came in last week and blew down several large branches from one of our Bradford Pears. We were lucky they missed the garage and the truck! Other people weren’t so lucky.

I hauled off the 4th load to the dump yesterday. We still have at least another load.

I’ve been working on a new local class called Painted Zippered Bags. I’ll be offering it at Scattered Art in Newburgh, Indiana on August 6. It was fun to get back into paint!

zipbagspic

Last week I taught a tie dye class for the kid’s summer camp at Gilda’s Club in Evansville Indiana. I fixed way too much dye for the class, but wanted to be sure we had enough.

dyesforgildasI brought the 25 shirts home to batch and wash. It was a beautiful day so they batched in the sun.

batchinginsunHere are the finished pile of shirts before I took them back to Gilda’s. They were all beautiful! The kids all seem to have fun and I had lots of helpers.

tiedyedshirtsI’ll be back at Gilda’s next month teaching Wind Wishes, a class where we’ll be painting inspirational flags.

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Blackberries have gone wild, so I made us a cobbler. Yum!

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I was also on WEHT Local Lifestyles talking about drawing and using mandalas in art. The four minutes sure went fast! You can see the interview here.

I used to kayak a lot. I was so excited last summer when I found out that my friend Connie also loved to kayak. We went out once and then the summer was over. This year I decided that I wanted to make sure I’d get out on the water more than that. I posted on Facebook asking if any FB friends might like to kayak with us. We received a good response and had our first group paddle a couple weeks ago. Our next adventure will be tomorrow.  That’s me on the right with the yellow vest. Rae, Thank you for the picture.

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Dave and I also got our bicycles tuned up and took our first spin in many years in the nearby school parking lot. We hope to be spending some time on them in the coming weeks.

As far as Puddin, she’s doing her usual thing – sleeping and being cute!

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Well, that’s it for today.  What’s going on in your world?

As always, thanks for dropping  by.

 

 

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Updating Icy Delights Class

It has been so much fun to see all of the beautiful fabric and clothing my Icy Delights students are creating. Several have even sold some of their beauties including Marie who sold one of her purses for $150! Makes my heart happy!

When I started designing the class I decided I wanted to show how colors split. If you have never ice dyed, the color chip in the catalog is not always how it looks when it’s ice dyed. By showing how a lot of the dyes split, I could save students from purchasing some that they might not want for their projects. They also could discover those that they love. Through my experimenting I’ve come up with a couple of my new favorite colors.

In my update I’ve included some of Jacquard fiber reactive dyes that they sent me to test. Their dyes have been added to my master list of color splits which now includes 45 different colors! Aren’t these beauties?

Icy Delight Jacquard Dyes

Jacquard dyes ice dyed

I also added some patterns including a video on how to fold and clamp each piece. I like to test with one color, or in this case one color combo, to see the results all in the same colors.

Icy Delights PatternsMy favorite of these are the following two, although I really love all of them. I love how the blue peeks out on the second piece.

Icy Delights pattern Icy Delights pattern

I also added some more color combos. Isn’t this one beautiful?

Icy Delights Combo

I also added this video about using spice shakers to add dye to the ice. Here it is if you’d like to see it.

Shortly after opening the class in May I added a downloadable dye calculator. Students were having trouble with the math and this calculator made it so much easier to figure out how much dye to use to get my results.

With the class we have a Facebook Group where lots of great sharing is going on. Students don’t have to join the group, but it’s really been fun and we’ve all learned so much from each other there.

If you’d like to join in on the fun, check out Icy Delights at Lyndaheines.com. If you have any questions about the class, feel free to email me at lheines at wowway dot com.

So much more has been going on too here besides ice dyeing, but I’ll leave that for next time. Hope you have a colorful weekend and as always thanks for dropping by.

 

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