Author Archives: Lynda

Back to Basics: Using fabric as stencils

If you’ve been with me for awhile, you know I love stencils. I love all kinds of stencils, but I’ve really been interested lately in “fabric stencils.” Since I’ve had a couple of you email me about these stencils that … Continue reading

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Blue and Gray

Today is all about blue and gray. I was trying to find colors that would make a nice sun pattern on pillowcases.  I also wanted to play on silk and vintage napkins. I was dyeing with Celerean Blue, Nickel, and … Continue reading

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Review: Playing With Surface Design

Today I’m reviewing a new book, Playing With Surface Design by Courtney Cerruti. Here is the description from the publisher: Create unique and stunning imagery on any exterior with diverse surface design techniques from Courtney Cerutti, author of Playing with … Continue reading

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Iris-Inspired Colorways

This year I decided to do more than just count my irises. For those of you new to my blog, I used to count them and documented that count on my blog. If you’d like to see some of my … Continue reading

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Review: Modern Memory Quilts

Today I’m reviewing Modern Memory Quilts, a Quilting Arts Workshop with Lesley Riley. Here is the description from the publisher: Tell stories through quilting. Combine memories, photo transfers, and crazy piecing to make unique and personal art quilts. Take your … Continue reading

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Printed Fabric Bee: Geometric Forms

This past month’s The Printed Fabric Bee challenge topic was Geometric Forms. Gerrie Congdon, the Queen Bee, chose this topic, but left the colors up to us. Before I show you the collection that will be given away, here is … Continue reading

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Ice Dyeing Plus

Since I started ice dyeing back in 2011, I’ve really enjoyed the results from this simple technique. As I’ve continued on this fabric surface design journey, I find I want more texture. In this post I’ll show you three different … Continue reading

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Rust Dyeing

After seeing some lovely rust-colored fabric I finally tried my hand at rust dyeing. I used this old rusty chain that has been sitting outside the garage for a long time. Every time I have walked by it I thought … Continue reading

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April Sunday Stroll

Oh, how I love Spring! This past week has been pretty exciting here at Happy Acres. Let me take you on a short Sunday stroll. For starters I harvested our first asparagus, which is a week or so earlier than … Continue reading

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Playing with indigo pieces

This past week I was drawn to play with some of my indigo pieces. I wasn’t sure where they were going, but I thought I’d follow the muse. And since my word for this year is completion, I was excited … Continue reading

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