Thursday, June 28, 2018

Woohoo....We are Teaching in Houston Again.....

We are so happy to be teaching in Houston at International Quilt Festival this fall.  Festival this year is a tad bit later than usual, Thursday November 8th through Sunday, November 11th.  Online registration begins after 10 AM Central Time on Monday, July 16th.  I thought I would let everyone know a bit ahead of that date so you can study the class offerings, there are many great looking classes to choose from including ours.  (not too prejudice am I?)

Between the two of us we are teaching 5 different classes listed below;

Thursday, November 8th from 2-5 PM:
         Blossoms-Flower Garden Pennant (#480) Janelle Girod
Little hand-stitching/embroidery projects are great for keeping your hands busy while on the go.  Learn how to manipulate cheesecloth to create the flowers for this pennant, then move on to easy embroidery stitches and embellishment techniques.

Friday, November 9th from 9AM-12PM
         Enrich the Surface (#541) Janelle Girod
Love embroidery but French knots give you trouble? Learn the Sorbello stitch and use varying weights of thread to create your free-form embroidery piece on an encrusted fiber background.  Discussion includes a variety of finishing/display techniques for your piece.

Friday, November 9th from 9AM-12PM
         Watercolor Landscape  (#550) Kristin Rodriguez
Looking for a new way to use your fabric scraps? Learn a confetti-style technique that gives your quilt a watercolor effect. Choose from a tree or flower scene and create a 12in square piece.  Learn how to create a base, choose fabrics, and place them effectively. Discussion includes layering, quilting, and finishing edges.

Friday, November 9th from 2-5PM
          Coloring on Fabric with Inktense (#573) Janelle Girod
Inktense gives you that painterly look without using paints or changing the hand of the fabric.  Learn a variety of application techniques that will allow you to create bold vibrant images or softer watercolor effects.

Saturday, November 10th from 9AM to 5 PM (with a lunch break from Noon to 2 PM)
             Textured Collages (721) Kristin Rodriguez and Janelle Girod
Join Girod and Rodriquez of “Fiber on a Whim” and work with a variety of textures/fibers as you create a collaged background. Hand stitching, embroidery, and beading enhance your work. Learn an image transfer technique to create the focal point that rounds out the piece.

Kits are provided for these classes, you pretty much just need scissors, thimble, straight pins and a willingness to "play".  Oh, for the Inktense class you will probably like an apron, old shirt or clothes that aren't your best.  We will have a good time and hopefully you will have a new technique or two to add to your "toolbox".

Thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

16 Days in Columus, Ohio; Part 3......

One of the other fun aspects of QSDS (Quilt Surface Design Symposium) is the "Friday Evening Event", everyone gathers to raise funds for the scholarship fund.  Appetizers are offered, a bit of wine, the mapping out of strategies.  The reason to have a strategy are the wonderful donations of door prizes and the "artist auction" offerings.  Most attendees purchase several door prize tickets, hoping for the chance to win one of the items that have caught their eye.  BUT.....the artist auction offerings are the real focus.....competition is fierce, but with laughter and comradery.

The first Friday, we were fortunate to acquire "The Murmur of Conversation" by Seth Apter which has been proudly added to our art collection.  The colors and texture of this piece are stunning.

The second Friday, we got lucky again...this time adding "Inner Landscapes: Pink and Grey" by Heide Stoll-Weber.  This piece looks fabulous at home on the newly painted pale gray walls...that daughter dear assisted in painting this year.
Each year several scholarships are awarded to people with need of assistance.  For this reason the fun is also extremely important, making it possible for anyone with an interest in "fiber" to add a technique to their "toolbox".   We are very happy to lend a hand each year to that endeavor.

Check out the 2019 teachers and classes they will be teaching.

Thanks for stopping by. 

Sunday, June 24, 2018

16 Days at QSDS in Columbus, Ohio part 2......

Well I figured that if I was going along to work the "shop" then maybe I could take a class too.  During the 16 days, there are 4 different sessions.  Two "5" day sessions, each 5 day session has a different selection of classes offered; and two "2" day sessions, again with different selections of classes.  So.....I decided a 2 day session with Deborah Fell on collage.

We created a variety of papers in a colorway we had chosen prior to time with paint, paper and stuff, ah heaven.  It was surprising how many different things we had all brought along as "found" paper, fabric scraps or just stuff.  One student came back from lunch on Saturday with a few pieces she had found between the classroom and the cafeteria.  (and daughter dear complains that I pick up everything along a walk)  I was in good company in this class.

Here is a sampling of the papers I created to work from;
One afternoon I snuck into the classroom Seth Apter was teaching in and raided Kristin's work table in order to put a little pattern on my fabrics I'd brought for my collage class.
The fabrics are hand-dyed organdy and voile, I was so pleased that my marking making actually showed up very nicely on these "sheer" fabrics.  Paper behind them is a piece of canvas washed with the colorway I was working in,  Deborah suggested we make some papers that have a soft/pale colors.

After a couple hours of prepping papers, we started playing around with them;  this is actually a piece of Kraftex.  I decided I really like using this as my base for, love, love it. It held up so well to the paint,  (I could have used more water to get a better watercolor wash, but it was my first time working with it.)  stamping, dragging a fork with paint on the tines across it...and of course stitching.  These first couple of photos show me just fiddling around.  The blue piece is also on Kraftex and I feel is a great landscape.

Then I pulled a piece of canvas, to which I added painted Bristol paper, Lutradur scraps I had laying around, a scrap of cheesecloth and linen.
Next up was Evolon; which we started carrying about a year ago, but with our schedule this is the first time I got to play with it.  Using a color wash spray gave me a very soft background, adding a thin acrylic paint in spots worked well.  Little stamping and painted Mistyfuse added shading/depth.
As I looked around my table there were great things to old piece of encaustic that I didn't like, bristol paper, cheesecloth, grunge board and silk.  It needed some other marks and the sewing machine gave me the marks I needed.

Here's a couple of photos of my wall;
This last one is still in progress, it needs some stronger marks and some stitching; but it is on the Evolon and shows a piece of the "sheer" fabric (believe it's the voile).  Since returning home I have not had time to return to "playing"....soon I hope.  Goal is to actually use the batik as a quilted mat behind the collage.
These are all from a two day class.  This is what happens when you have the time to create, when the atmosphere is thick with creativity.  You play, make new friends, eat and play some more.

Check out the schedule for QSDS 2019 at

Thanks for stopping by.

Friday, June 22, 2018

16 Days in Columbus, Ohio.....

For the last 3 years we have had a "pop-up" shop at Quilt Surface Design Symposium in Columbus, Ohio.  The first 2 years daughter dear maned the shop on her own.  Years ago I had gone with a friend and taken classes, we had a wonderful time. Kristin had taken a class several years ago from Noriko Endo.  This year was the first time in many that I had returned, I did so because she registered to take a class with Seth Apter.  She had an amazing class, she and her classmates each created wonderful pieces of "book art".

Does she not look happy....this is how she looked every day for the 5 days of her class with Seth and everyone in that class glowed like this too!  Fantastic teacher!

Their work tables looked like this:
And this was a clean moment.

They each had a design wall near their tables to pin up their prospective book pages:
Once they felt they were ready these pages were turned into signatures.

The rest of the photos were taken by Seth Apter of Kristins' book:

Seth will be returning to QSDS in 2020; however there are some fantastic teachers lined up for next year 2019. 

Check out the schedule, tell your friends and join in the fun.  It is like summer camp for adults, you can stay in the dorm, eat in the cafeteria (yummy food) and enjoy the wonders of creativity in the "air".

Thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Whew....Finally ....Announcing Our New Hand=Dyed Velveteen

Since the last blog post we have taught classes in Illinois, vended at Quilt Market in Portland, OR and at QSDS in Columbus, OH.  This past week daughter dear had surgery and is hopefully on the mend..after a long year.  In between cat naps she is processing our latest addition to our product line.

This May at Spring Quilt Market we introduced our new hand-dyed Cotton Velveteen. We felt this would be a great addition to our line of textures. We have had fun making a velveteen rabbit, pincushions, and adding it in to art quilts here at the start. We can't wait to play more with it as the summer goes. We have been amazed by how well it has been received and are so happy everyone is enjoying it. We finally got a second batch dyed up and it is all now online. 

We are currently offering both 4 packs and singles at a great introductory price.  Check it out at .

This week we will still be taking it easy and have the grandson here to entertain "us".  Hopefully I will be able to show you a few photos of the fun we had at QSDS (Quilt & Surface Design Symposium) in Columbus, OH this year.  If you have never heard of it, go check out their website, the teachers they bring together each year are very is just like going to a great "art" camp for adults. 

Thanks for stopping by.