More from World of Threads 2016

I took a few more photographs at the World of Threads Festival that closed this past weekend. This was my first time attending and I was awed by the talent, imagination and whimsy of the artists. Enjoy a small selection of the beautiful pieces at the show.

Laundry is for the Birds by Pamela Allen

Laundry is for the Birds by Pamela Allen

Detail from Laundry is for the Birds by Pamela Allen

Detail from Laundry is for the Birds by Pamela Allen

Terry by Marie Bergstedt

Terry by Marie Bergstedt

Detail from Terry by Marie Bergstedt

Detail from Terry by Marie Bergstedt

Social Community1, 2 and 4 by Mirjam Pet-Jacobs

Social Community by Mirjam Pet-Jacobs

Detail of Social Community 4 by Mirjam Pet-Jacobs

Detail of Social Community 4 by Mirjam Pet-Jacobs

Nine Tales by Joyce Watkins King

Nine Tales by Joyce Watkins King

Interactions #9 by Gerri Spilka

Interactions #9 by Gerri Spilka

Corridor Gallery featuring Gerri Spilka of Philadelphia, Pennsylania

Corridor Gallery featuring Gerri Spilka of Philadelphia, Pennsylania

Detail from Interactions #26 by Gerri Spilka

Detail from Interactions #26 by Gerri Spilka

Interactions #26 by Gerri Spilka

Interactions #26 by Gerri Spilka

Detail from Interactions #11 by Gerri Spilka

Detail from Interactions #11 by Gerri Spilka

Display by Neha Puri Dhir from Vadodara, Gujarat, India

Display by Neha Puri Dhir from Vadodara, Gujarat, India

Ripplet by Neha Puri Dhir

Ripplet by Neha Puri Dhir

Detail of Ripplet by Neha Puri Dhir

Detail of Ripplet by Neha Puri Dhir

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Intersect by Neha Puri Dhir

Intersect by Neha Puri Dhir

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Detail from Intersect by Neha Puri Dhir

Detail from Intersect by Neha Puri Dhir

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Fragment by Neha Puri Dhir

Fragment by Neha Puri Dhir

Detail from Fragment by Neha Puri Dhir

Detail from Fragment by Neha Puri Dhir

Wishing you all a creative week!

World of Threads Exhibit 2016 – personal favourites

I attended the World of Threads Festival for the first time on the weekend. The exhibit is on until Nov. 27, 2016 with venues in Oakville, Ontario and Mississauga Ontario. If you have the opportunity to attend, I highly recommend it.

Three pieces by Eszter Bornemisza from left to right: No Home in the City; At Home in the City; Constructive Decentralization

Three pieces by Eszter Bornemisza from left to right: No Home in the City; At Home in the City; Constructive Decentralization

Detail from Eszter Bornemisza's work

Detail from No Home in the City by Eszter Bornemisza

This was an amazing display of 11,000 hand cast beeswax leaves. A stunning display!

Cleave...a Path in the Wilderness by Penelope Stewart

Cleave…a Path in the Wilderness by Penelope Stewart

Detail of Cleave...a Path in the Wilderness by Penelope Stewart

Detail of Cleave…a Path in the Wilderness by Penelope Stewart

This piece by Tammy Ratcliff of Guelph Ontario is made by printing an etched design on Washi. It’s then woven and hand stitched. It has a very Japanese minimal feel.

For Dreams of Hanging Gardens by Tammy Ratcliff

For Dreams of Hanging Gardens by Tammy Ratcliff

Detail of For Dreams of Hanging Gardens by Tammy Ratcliff

Detail of For Dreams of Hanging Gardens by Tammy Ratcliff

The free motion machine stitching on Marilyn Clarke’s piece adds so much detail that it looks as if you could step into the piece.

Autumn Branches Against Green Hill by Marilyn Clarke

Autumn Branches Against Green Hill by Marilyn Clarke

Detail of Autumn Branches Against Green Hill by Marilyn Clarke

Detail of Autumn Branches Against Green Hill by Marilyn Clarke

Completely created with thread and free motion quilting!

Secrets of the Caribbean 1 and 2 by Carla Fisher

Secrets of the Caribbean 1 and 2 by Carla Fisher

Every where there were beautiful, and creative pieces. I’ll have more photos next week.

Over dyed Indigo shawl

I had dyed a shawl in the spring, but I wasn’t happy with the look. So I took the opportunity to redye it in indigo.

Indigo shawl

Indigo shawl

Indigo shawl

I folded the piece, so that the a portion of the ends were left unbound. This created a dark blue border.

Indigo shawl folded with resist

Indigo shawl folded with resist

Indigo shawl

The shawl has a lovely soft drape and could be used as a sarong over a bathing suit or wrapped warmly around your neck for the next few months!

Indigo Linen Napkins

I am pleased with the results of dyeing linen. I made two sets of napkins from some beautiful cream coloured linen. The first set of four are cocktail napkins about 9 inches square. Two resists were used to make the design.

Indigo dyed linen cocktail napkin

Indigo dyed linen cocktail napkin

Indigo dyed linen cocktail napkins folded

Indigo dyed linen cocktail napkins folded

Indigo dyed linen cocktail napkins folded

Indigo dyed linen cocktail napkins folded

Indigo dyed linen cocktail napkins folded

Indigo dyed linen cocktail napkins folded

I took a photograph of the linen napkins, before dyeing them. They are shown below, folded and clamped with their resist. The piece in the centre is cotton wrapped around two CDs and bound with elastics. I haven’t yet washed this piece out.

Indigo dyed linen napkins clamped

Indigo dyed linen napkins clamped

The dinner napkins are a generous size. At 19 inches they will easily shield the messiest diner!

Indigo dyed linen dinner napkins

Indigo dyed linen dinner napkins

Indigo dyed linen dinner napkins folded

Indigo dyed linen dinner napkins folded

Indigo dyed linen dinner napkins

Indigo dyed linen dinner napkins

Indigo dyed linen dinner napkins

Indigo dyed linen dinner napkins

In our house we always use cloth, most of them vintage. Do you still use cloth napkins?

Indigo Dyeing Fall 2016 – scarves

I rinsed out a few of the scarves I recently indigo dyed. I couldn’t wait to see the designs created by the various resists I used.

Three bamboo rayon indigo scarves

Three bamboo rayon indigo scarves

Three of them are rayon bamboo. These scarves have a lovely drape and feel luxurious.

Two bamboo rayon indigo scarves

Two bamboo rayon indigo scarves

The indigo is a nice intense blue and each of the three scarves has very different patterning.

Itajime Indigo bamboo rayon scarf

Itajime shibori indigo bamboo rayon scarf

I especially like the design below, it is very angular and modern looking.

Itajime Indigo bamboo rayon scarf

Itajime shibori indigo bamboo rayon scarf

Itajime Indigo bamboo rayon scarf

Itajime shibori indigo bamboo rayon scarf

I also over dyed two viscose scarves. Earlier in the year, I dyed them with Procion Mx dyes. One was dyed in turquoise and the other in blue. The results for both scarves were very pastel and not to my taste.

Nui shibori indigo viscose scarf

Nui shibori indigo viscose scarf

Now they are a beautiful soft denim blue. They would look great with jeans, a white shirt and a blazer.

Indigo dyeing Fall 2016

I was hoping to squeeze in one last weekend of dyeing and was lucky to have a beautiful day this past weekend, to set up an indigo dye pot.

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Arashi and nui shibori

I had some pfd fabric that I wanted to dip in the pot, as well as some scarves that I wanted to over dye.

Sushi and itajime shibori

Sushi and itajime shibori

I tried one new technique: sushi shibori. The fabric is fan folded and then rolled up like a sushi roll, wrapped with elastic bands or string.

Itajime scarves and quilting cotton

Itajime scarves and quilting cotton

Three scarves and one metre of pfd cotton folded and clamped.

Linen napkins and quilting cotton wrapped and bound - itajmie shibori

Linen napkins and quilting cotton wrapped and bound – itajime shibori

I made two sets of linen napkins: four are cocktail sized and four are generous dinner sized napkins in a light beige colour. I use all sorts of items as a resist including canning lids, paint stir sticks, plastic electrical wall plates, elastic bands, and pieces of wood.

Scarves to be overdyed

Scarves to be over over dyed

I had a few scarves that I had dyed but wasn’t happy with the way they turned out. Two of them were rayon but they didn’t absorb the dye very well and turned out very pastel. The green in the lower right was dip dyed in green and yellow dye baths but the result was not very interesting. The shawl on the left was dip dyed in blue and it was boring as well. All of these were destined to be re-dyed. I am looking forward to seeing the results.

Indigo bundles and fabric drying

Indigo bundles and fabric drying

It was a beautiful, sunny warm day and I set my work area outside. The drying rack is loaded with some of the dyeing.

Indigo yardage

Indigo yardage

I hung some of the fabrics from some low hanging branches in between dips.

Indigo yardage and overdyed scarf

Indigo yardage and over dyed scarf

The cotton yardage is still wet in the photo above and is darker than when it is dry. The green strip is one of the scarves I over dyed. It already looks much better than before!

Indigo scarves and yardage

Indigo scarves and yardage

I wanted to speed up the oxidation and drying process, so I carefully unfolded some of the clamped pieces and suspended them from low hanging branches. I am still waiting for some of the wrapped arashi shibori pieces to dry.

Indigo arashi cotton fabric

Indigo arashi cotton fabric

Last night I carefully unwrapped the damp fabric from one of the pvc pipes. I love the texture of cotton. I hope that the deep blue colour remains after it is washed. There are still a few pieces I haven’t unfolded, maybe next week.

Dyeing solid colours

l finally ironed the fabric that I dyed during the Labour Day weekend. With this dyeing session, I was trying to obtain colours that were fairly regular with little or no mottling. To obtain this result, I spent five minutes constantly manipulating the fabric when the dye was added. Once the soda ash was added, I manipulated the fabric for another minute. All of the colours were left in the dye buckets overnight.

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Of all the colours I dyed, the black is the most consistent, with very little variation in colour.

Black

Black

Purple

Purple

Royal Blue

Royal Blue

Cerulean Blue

Cerulean Blue

Turquoise

Turquoise

Green

Green

Red

Red

Fuchsia

Fuchsia

Orange

Orange

Golden Yellow

Golden Yellow

Yellow

Yellow

The other fabrics show more variation in their colour, especially the darker colours like the purple, blues and green. I do like the effect of the mottling and it can be used to great effect. In some of the fabrics, the variation of colour looked like feathers, some looked like flowers.

Next time, I will experiment with pre soaking the fabrics in the soda ash and then adding the dye. This might produce more consistent colours. Definitely, dyeing fabric flat on a table as Kathleen Probst and Robyn Ferrier describe in their blogs results in very solid looking colours. What do you look for in hand dyed fabrics?

Parfait dyeing

In the book Color by accident by Ann Johnston, she describes a process of layering fabric and dyes to create gradations of colour. Instead of using 3 separate pieces of fabric, I folded a one and a half metre length of cotton.

parfait-khaki

The result is on piece with three colours and more. Unexpected and unusual colour combinations occur. I never plan my dyeing sessions scientifically and don’t expect to recreate the same design again.

parfait-blue

I like the spontaneity of combining leftover dyes and seeing the results.

parfait-mauve

I am still ironing the rest of the cotton fabric that I dyed. More photos will be coming soon, if the ironing fairy comes to visit!

 

Labour day dyeing results

A couple of weekends ago I overdyed some fabric that I didn’t like. It was a yellow and black batik fabric with ghostly white flowers. The price was right and I brought it home, knowing that a dip in the dye bath could only improve it.

labour 2016 overdyeing

I cut this yardage into two pieces and dyed one in blue and the other in red.

overdyed-fabrics

I like the results above much better than the original colour.

I also dyed my husband’s t-shirt which had gotten stained.

labour 2016 tiedyetshirt

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My husband was very happy with the colours and pattern on the t-shirt. My son liked the t-shirt so much he wants me to make him one too!

tiedyetshirt_backThe rest of the fabrics I dyed are still in a heap on my ironing board! I will be tackling the pile soon.

Fibre Content 2016 – a Canadian fibre art exhibition

If you have love art and textiles, make your way to the Art Gallery of Burlington for the third biennial fibre art show: Fibre Content 2016. The juried exhibit is on from September 8-18, 2016 and showcases outstanding Canadian artists.

Royal Thistle by Helena Scheffer and Marion Perrault, Montreal, QC

Royal Thistle by Helena Scheffer and Marion Perrault, Montreal, QC

l attended the opening reception on Sunday, September 11th with my friend Helen (@piece_by_piece) and her proud mother Barbara. Helen’s piece: Seaton Trail was hung in the gallery space where it could be seen from the entrance.

Seaton Trail by Helen Garland, Toronto, ON

Seaton Trail by Helen Garland, Toronto, ON

Yesterday's News by Dianne Gibson, Fonthill, ON

Yesterday’s News by Dianne Gibson, Fonthill, ON

Falling Leaves by Anne Solomon, Etobicoke, ON

Falling Leaves by Anne Solomon, Etobicoke, ON

Off the Rails by Valerie Prideaux, Toronto, ON

Off the Rails by Valerie Prideaux, Toronto, ON

Maid of the Mist by Jennifer Earle, Burlington, ON

Maid of the Mist by Jennifer Earle, Burlington, ON

I met and spoke to  Jennifer Earle who wove, embroidered and beaded the beautiful shawl above. The details are stunning!

Maid of the Mist (Detail) by Jennifer Earle, Burlington, ON

Maid of the Mist (Detail) by Jennifer Earle, Burlington, ON

Jennifer also created the hanger out of copper tubing to display her entry.

Refuge by Bethany E. Garner, Elinburg ON

Refuge by Bethany E. Garner, Elinburg ON

The Way I See Myself by Sharon Deacon Begg, Guelph, ON

The Way I See Myself by Sharon Deacon Begg, Guelph, ON

This was the first time I had ever attended and so happy to see the amazing works on display. There were 125 pieces on display in 2 gallery rooms. The three jurors chose these from the 218 submissions from 102 artists.

Sunrise at Plum by Micaela Fitzsimmons, Mitchell, ON

Sunrise at Plum by Micaela Fitzsimmons, Mitchell, ON

Ocean by Pat Hertzberg, Caledon, ON

Ocean by Pat Hertzberg, Caledon, ON

I spoke to Pat Hertzberg, a textile and mixed-media artist who recently moved and how this change has influenced her artwork. Her artwork conveys a lightness and transparency that is beautiful.

Stitch Meanderings by Linda Kittmer, Rockwood, ON

Stitch Meanderings by Linda Kittmer, Rockwood, ON

Out of the Shadows by Helen Hughes, Guelph, ON

Out of the Shadows by Helen Hughes, Guelph, ON

The Gingko Tree by Cecelia Cameron, Susan Durham, Shirley Kilpatrick and Patricia Menon, Fonthill, ON

The Gingko Tree by Cecelia Cameron, Susan Durham, Shirley Kilpatrick and Patricia Menon, Fonthill, ON

The Gingko Tree (detail) by Cecelia Cameron, Susan Durham, Shirley Kilpatrick and Patricia Menon, Fonthill, ON

The Gingko Tree (detail) by Cecelia Cameron, Susan Durham, Shirley Kilpatrick and Patricia Menon, Fonthill, ON

Floating in Blue - Triptych by Gunnel Hag, Toronto, ON

Floating in Blue – Triptych by Gunnel Hag, Toronto, ON

This triptych of floating feathers made by Gunnel Hag captured their effortless flight. She had originally displayed it horizontally, but after seeing it hung vertically, Gunnel thought it might even flow better.

Poppies Aglow II by Carolynn McMillan, Burlington, ON

Poppies Aglow II by Carolynn McMillan, Burlington, ON

A Green Thought in a Green Shade by Carolynn McMillan, Burlington, ON

A Green Thought in a Green Shade by Carolynn McMillan, Burlington, ON

Mita Giacomini co-ordinator of the Interactive Display Area

Mita Giacomini co-ordinator of the Interactive Display Area

Mita Giacomini was one of the very talented fibre artist who had 2 pieces in the show as well as coordinating the interactive exhibit. Here she is in front of the board that shows how she creates her work.

Cross Road by Mita Giacomini, Dundas, ON

Cross Road by Mita Giacomini, Dundas, ON

She calls the technique she developed “surface weaving.” She described the process and had the sample to illustrate the steps involved. Mita also has information on her website as well as photographs of her other pieces in this series: Overhead Underfoot.

Brighter Path by Mita Giacomini, Dundas, ON

Brighter Path by Mita Giacomini, Dundas, ON

A feature of the show is the series of Artist Talks given by three fibre artists. These one hour talks are free of charge and open to everyone. The first talk was given by Dianne Gibson on Saturday, but you still have time to hear: Maggie Vanderweit on Wed. Sept. 14th from 10 -11 am and Mita Giacomini on Sun Sep 18th from 1-2  pm.

Camden Town #2 by Heather Dubreuil, Hudson, QC

Camden Town #2 by Heather Dubreuil, Hudson, QC

Port Clyde 3 by Heather Dubreuil, Hudson, QC

Port Clyde 3 by Heather Dubreuil, Hudson, QC

Rue du Buade #1 by Heather Dubreuil, Hudson, QC

Rue du Buade #1 by Heather Dubreuil, Hudson, QC

The photographs I took are just a small sampling of the beautiful work presented in the Fibre Content show. I hope you have the opportunity to see the outstanding art in person. Fibrations is the not-for-profit organization that organizes Fibre Content. All of the artwork in this show will be featured on the Web gallery, where information for the past two shows: 2012 and 2014  can be found.