Monthly Archives: December 2015

A margarita to celebrate the New Year – 2016!

Here are a selection of appliqued margarita glasses to help you celebrate the coming of the New Year!

Margarita glass with beads

Margarita glass with beads

These quilted art postcards are carefully cut out of hand dyed fabric to create a positive and negative design.

Margarita glass with beads

Margarita glass with beads

The negative design is layered over a rectangle of cotton, machine stitched and then hand beaded with beautiful glass beads.

Margarita glass with beads

Margarita glass with beads

The positive margarita glass is layered on top of a hand dyed piece and stitched. Beautiful glass beads are then hand stitched along the rim to represent salt.

Margarita glass with beads

Margarita glass with beads

Hoping you raise a glass of cheer with your favourite people!

 

Hand dyed infinity scarves

These are the last two scarves I stitched. Both were dyed in the summer when I spent a weekend dyeing, but I just got around to finishing them.

Shibori fuschia infinity scarf

Shibori fuschia infinity scarf

The resist is a metal switch plate. I love the orderly repetition of the rectangles.

Shibori fuschia infinity scarf twisted

Shibori fuschia infinity scarf twisted

The last scarf was dyed with turquoise and then in an indigo bath. The turquoise is very subtle.

Shibori Indigo/turquoise infinity scarf

Shibori Indigo/turquoise infinity scarf

They are cotton gauze dyed with the Itajime technique of clamping with a resist. The scarves are then joined into a loop with a piece of lightweight hand dyed cotton.

Indigo velvet Shibori

This silk velvet is one of the pieces I dyed in the Indigo workshop I took in the spring at the Colour Vie Studio with Pam Woodward. I had purchased a one yard piece of silk velvet and was saving it for just the right project. On the second day of the workshop I brought it in.

Indigo velvet

Indigo velvet

The silk velvet absorbed the indigo beautifully. The piece is a rich, deep blue. I love this piece – it is gorgeous.

Indigo velvet detail

Indigo velvet detail

My idea is to make a beautiful shawl, with a contrasting lining. I still have to find the right fabric for the lining. When I do, I am thinking of dyeing it a luscious fuschia. What colour would you choose?

 

Indigo inspiration in tiles

Deborah Osburn is the founder of C a company that creates and showcases beautiful artisanal tiles. Her newest collection features Indigo. She dips, brushes, stains and washes tiles in Indigo pigments. They are all one-of-a-kind.

Watermark Indigo tiles by Deborah Osburn

Watermark Indigo tiles by Deborah Osburn

C features hand-painted tiles from nine artisans, herself included. Each artisan has their own unique style and look, from Forrest Lesch-Middleton’s tiles referencing traditional patterns to Peggy Wong’s urban photographs lithographed onto marble.

Tile Envy by Deborah Osburn

Tile Envy by Deborah Osburn

Deborah Osburn’s book: Tile Envy showcases the work of sixty artisans with stunning photographs of their work.

Indigo dip dyed tiles by Deborah Osburn

Indigo dip dyed tiles by Deborah Osburn

Have a look at Deborah’s blog: Tile Envy: Everything Tile + Style to see the many beautiful ideas for using tile, decorating, architecture ….

The inspirational photographs will have you digging into your stash to create some stunning new works!

Indigo obsession!

I have been on a fabric dyeing binge since I took an Indigo dyeing workshop in May. I have been obsessed with creating patterns, colour and texture with Indigo and fibre reactive dyes. The fabrics I dyed in September are now stitched up into the pillows below. 

I will be bringing these indigo pillows, Shibori scarves in wool, silk and cotton and selection of quilted art postcards to the Yorkshire Rose Quilters’ Guild of Toronto Festive Marketplace next week. Come and see the results of my Indigo obsession for yourself!

Pillow stack

Indigo Itajime Shibori pillow back

Indigo Itajime Shibori pillow back

Indigo Itajime Shibori Pilow top

Indigo Itajime Shibori Pillow top

Nui Shibori Pillow top

Nui Shibori Pillow top

Nui Shibori Pillow back

Nui Shibori Pillow back

Indigo Itajime diagonal pillow top

Indigo Itajime diagonal pillow top

Pillow_Indigo Itajime quiltedback

Indigo Itajime diagonal pillow back

Indigo ombre pillow top

Indigo ombre pillow top

Indigo Ombre pillow back

Indigo Ombre pillow back

Indigo Ombre angle pillow top

Indigo Ombre angle pillow top

Indigo Ombre angle pillow back

Indigo Ombre angle pillow back

Indigo Velvet dip dyed pillow

Indigo Velvet dip dyed pillow

Indigo Velvet dip dyed pillow

Indigo Velvet dip dyed pillow back

Indigo velvet pillow

Indigo velvet pillow

Indigo velvet pillow back

Indigo velvet pillow back