Friday, February 25, 2011

Snow Dying

Monday was a beautiful winter day and there was plenty of new snow from the day before.  So, we (Kaye & I) decided to snow dye some fabric while we still had snow.  The days have been above freezing so that means melting and heavy, wet snow.  The first time it snowed on Sunday, the temp was hovering just below the freezing point so we had about six inches of the heavy, wet stuff, and around ten p.m. it started to snow again.  This time it was cold enough to produce the dry, granular, powder type snow that skiers love, but there was only about an inch of that.  I tried to scoop the powdery stuff into my last container, but got bombarded with snowballs and a golden retriever that kept sweeping the good stuff around with his tail!  Anyway, here are some of the results of a very fun day!  The hardest part of snow dying is waiting for the snow (in the containers, on top of the fabric) to melt and the dye to trickle down through to the fabric.  The results are worth the wait!

Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day

Hope everyone out there in blogland has a very happy day! The sun is out and today might set a record for the warmest day in February.....might just hit 60 degrees. So smile, give your sweetie a big hug and smootch and enjoy what the day has to offer.
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Sunday, February 6, 2011

Fusing Problems

I did it again!! At least this time I know what the problem is. See the crinkles in the top half of the first picture and in the center right of the second picture? Yes, Laura (Wasilowski), I fused everything to the wrong side of the batting!!! Again!! Argh-h-h-h!

So I thought I'd remind those of you who fuse and those of you who are about to.....don't fuse to the scrim side of the batting. Yes, even cotton and bamboo batting has a scrim. Really hard to tell sometimes which side is which without testing a scrap piece. The pieces that crinkled are sheer fabrics so that may be part of the problem since the cotton pieces aren't as bad. The iron may have been too hot for the sheers as well....didn't think about that at the time.

I will show you the whole piece as soon as it's quilted and embellished. Hopefully that won't be too far in the future?
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