28 September 2018

After event play time

This may actually go on for quite a while. I have lots of thickened dye and liquid dye concentrate in my refrigerator. Today, being Sunday, I change my sheets. I have a coverlet I throw over my puff which is white to keep dirty dog feet at bay. I spot died this a few years ago because it was white as well and boring. It came out so anemic it was BEGGING to be dyed.

I had this bin in my kitchen to load up all the thickened dyes in quart containers so I decided to use it for the coverlet as well.

I have been searching for the original photo I had taken but you'll have to be happy with this one.

Too pale for me and too much white/light areas. I have a need for color.I added a few quartz of warm water.

Then a scant gallon of left over basic blue (about a pint of concentrate), maybe a quarter cup of intense blue and as much again of fuchsia then the warm water I rinsed the bottle with to bring it close to a gallon. I waited about 15 minutes for the dye to find and migrate into the fibers then...

A gallon of warm soda ash solution

YES, those are gloves but I didn't use them for the dye, just touching the dye bath after adding soda ash. I really don't like touching soda ash solution.

It actually looks much darker in real life.

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26 September 2018

Maine Event day three

On day three we did some monoprinting but I didn't take that many pictures. This is a small sampling of what we made. We also did second and third round of stamping of wax on our batiks, more indigo and more silk screening. I was pleased that everyone DID enjoy the monoprinting.

These are the two monoprints Judith and I did in advance of the event

These are some random photos taken by the participants.

Judy helping me get the lunch on the table

Karen looks pooped out but she is actually taking a break enjoying the ocean breeze

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24 September 2018

Maine Event - dinner and a show (and tell)

One of the best parts of our event is having dinner together followed by show and tell.  I had it catered for the first 2 years but the second year was awful so I decided to try to make Lasagna. Last year it was still cold so I left it in the oven at 450 for an additional hour. This year I baked it for two hours but it really wasn't hot enough. Next year a new menu however ALWAYS finished with my special carrot cake.

This picture is for Palette. I'm sure she would love to dive into this frosting!!

Room for fifteen.

Here comes the lasagna.

Judy's work

Lisa's work

Melinda's Spirit Dolls

Sue's work

Paulette's work

Indigo dyed stick woman with a felted moon

 My work

We all had such a great night. Now some sleep.

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