Friday, August 10, 2012

Slice and Dice

This week I decided to give something new a try. Sort of a cut-and-sew, but I think it is more aptly termed slice-and-dice.

I randomly pieced together some scraps, then decided to add some gold strips by stitching them in and then cutting the main fabric and stitching the gold strip down on the other side.  I repeated the process until I had a maze like configuration of blue and gold. Then I did the same with multi-colored batik strips.

This bottom photo is the completed piece. What do you think? Now to name that piece. Initially I liked Yellow Brick Road, but now that the batik is added that doesn't seem right. It will come to me. Do you have any suggestions?

Tomorrow I will travel with friends to Lowell, MA for the quilt show and the Brush Gallery exhibit where friends Diane Cadrain and Diane Wright have pieces. It should be fun!

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Fabric Dyeing and "Boys"

Today we had a day in the sun as the CFAC group and friends learned ice cube dying from Carol Ludington and confetti dyeing from Carol Eaton.

I was so tired when I got home that I just floated around the swimming pool in an inner tube listening to "Selected Shorts" on WNPR. One of the stories by Rick Moody entitled "Boys" was particularly poignant. Here is the link to one of the first times it was broadcast back in 2010.

Did anyone else hear it? It made me think of my sons and with the younger leaving for college later this month I was rather melancholy.

The following are photos from today's hand dyeing workshop.
Carol  demonstrating how to layer ice cubes, fabric and dye.
My cooking pots

Carol V. in uniform

Confetti dyeing

Confetti dyeing

There was even some crocheted pieces that made it into the vat!