Collage by Jo Caulkins newbie

I was just looking over once again the wonderful Magenta Collage work that Jo Caulkins did after our trip together to Key West for a Quilt Show and Collage and Dyeing workshops in March 2013. We had a great time together and she was a huge help!!!!!!!!!

This is what she said about her collage kit experience: “Inspired by a collage class by Fabric Artist, Marlene Glickman, I went from this intimidating pile of fabrics to these collages. Thank you, thank you for finding the playful child within me!

“I’ve never taken any kind of a fabric class…don’t even know how to sew a button on! I’m one of those girls that tapes a hem!! This was perfect for me!”

“Carol (her friend in Punta Gorda) & I had so much fun!! Thank you so much…I think… I’m afraid I may be addicted. She couldn’t get me to stop for dinner. When does that ever happen?! :-)” Jo C.

Go to this link on Facebook to see all the collages she did.

Marlene and Jo on our way to Key West

One out of 7 collages Jo did in Magenta from her Collage Kit

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Artwalk Dyers by Mary Hetricks

Mary sent me photos of the girls who participated in her artwalk dyeing experience this July. Lovely work and don’t you love the hip wrapped scarf? Big smiles.

Colorful scarves

Hip or Neck scarves

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Chris Pann’s granddaughters dye day

Chris Pann just sent me this great photos of her granddaughters (Gracie 12, Bella 14, Victoria 6) with their hand dyed silk scarves using Color Hue dyes! Just had to share it with you.

Scarves to Dye For By Chris Pann's Granddaughters

“My granddaughters had lots of fun picking out colors for their own scarves. Pretty easy, no mess. Kid friendly. Tomorrow the oldest wants to try scrunchy flowers.”

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Fun with Indigo

I had a stash of indigo fabrics from Japan, my own hand dyed indigo, a linen skirt that was white and indigo floral print, etc. I decided to just start doing something with it and decided on patches that I could put in a quilt or whatever. I had so much fun working in a color I love. Here is a picture of one I got from Japan that had a very wide 4 inch selvege so I took the image on the fabric and extended it into the selvege by drawing with my Sharpies, colored pencils and gel pens.

Indigo patch work

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Baby Shower Dyeing Fun

Great time up in Hudson, FL at a baby shower where the guests hand dyed little squares of silk broadcloth to be made into a quilt for the soon to hatch baby and they hand dyed silk scarves. Every scarf and square was unique. What a great idea by the “grandma hostess”.

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Here are the hand dyed baby squares that will go into a quilt.You can also see someone ironing their dyed scarf so they could dry it and have it to wear right away. Those Color Hue dyes sure make it easy to make art.

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Dyed Silk Veils by Kim O’Mara

Wow, just had to share the photos I just got from Kim O’Mara of her dancing with her Color Hue dyed silk veils.

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A weaver asked me about Color Hue dyes and Tencel as well as a Tencel/Silk blend. I thought I would share my answer. She is going to dye the fibers/warp while on the loom as she goes. Great idea! Just needs to let it dry after applying the dyes/water. She said the Tencel was similar to Rayon. I have noticed that rayon, whether the satin rayon devore which has a shine to it or the rayon you are familiar with in shirts and dresses doesn’t take the Color Hue dyes the same as silk. It usually is lighter in color, takes longer to bond with the dyes and it doesn’t seem to dye black. It changes to a smoky blue, sometimes a peachy rust or greenish blue instead.

I decided to look up Rayon on the internet and found this definition. There is more information on how the natural cellulose fiber is changed into Rayon. This explains why the dyes work differently with the Rayon fibers. So once again, testing is important! Hope this helps.

Rayon From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Rayon is a manufactured regenerated cellulose fiber. Because it is produced from naturally occurring polymers, it is neither a truly synthetic fiber nor a natural fiber; it is a semi-synthetic[1] or artificial[2] fiber. Rayon is known by the names viscose rayon and art silk in the textile industry. It usually has a high luster quality giving it a bright sheen.

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Pin Weaving

Just wanted to post a picture of an example of one of my students doing pin weaving so you have an idea of what it is. Class I will teach is on 2 June 2012.

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Florida Art Scene

I was checking out the Arts Council of Hillsborough Co’s email and clicked a link for their arts events calendar. When I went to it I saw a picture of  myself and my collage artwork. What a surprise as I had forgotten about the interview I did at Florida Craftsmen in St. Petersburg, Florida a few years ago. If you want to check it out you can see it on or on YouTube

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