and thank you for the overwhelming response to my workshops. when they fill 2 times over I understand they get to automatically repeat the class next year. that would be nice!
and…while I am leading the indigo workshop the very talented Mary Alice Sinton of Blue Bonnet Studio will be working the booth. Mary Alice is a certified teacher of both Traditional Japanese Embroidery and Japanese Bead Embroidery. She travels and teaches many classes. Come by and say hello! Houston Quilt Festival 2013
and the ever popular silk shibori ribbon scrap bags. many of you have asked me to email you when they are available again but honestly- i just don’t have the time to hunt down you all. i’ll give it my best though…
yes, i did get it done today- mostly. aside from making the actual ribbon, there’s the sorting, cutting, choosing the combos, photographing, uploading, naming, photoshopping in the color names/titles, uploading and listing. phew!
i’m at houston and starting my indigo workshop only to realize i had forgotten the indigo. i woke up and realized that it had only been a dream (thankfully!!). i fell back asleep and had another dream. this time i opened up my freezer and found it full of water (i should mention that this is where i store the indigo). i just got up and made coffee at that point.
this is how i get before a show. a little crazy.
the other day i spent some time cleaning cocoons for the mawata class. i am pre-cleaning them for the class (removing the pupae)-seems the practical thing to do considering the class is full and the time restrictions. we will demonstrate the process but will concentrate on making the mawata and even spinning a bit of silk yarn and needle felting some. made a few mawata too-practicing.
i was a little bummed out last week when i had to cut my Quilt Festival booth back from the full booth i had ordered to a half booth due to finances-but we do what we have to and i’ll make it work. so if you can’t find me at the booth printed in the directory-which i think was already printed, look for me in booth 1329, my new booth #. or, just look for silky shibori goodness and indigo.
that is all, over and out!
p.s. when you write a post in WP these days it shows you a list of recommended tags (which i rarely use as they don’t really pertain). one of the recommended tags for this post is “post traumatic stress”. ha! just thought that was funny. carry on.
just a quick post to show you a couple of new pieces. when i began them i had in my mind’s eye what i wanted-almost. lots of what i do is like that. i have it about 80% worked out in my head. the last 20% comes as i am working on it. i learned a lot making them.
i’m looking forward to making more of these in other colors. that will have to wait for mid november though. i’m adding these to the shop as shown and you can order the make me one option and we can talk about colors.
I had a bit of time recently to just do some wondering and dyeing-and even some stitching. I wondered about collars as opposed to necklaces.
silk shibori collar
-and I played around with some more needlefelting in combination with the ribbon and pleated silk gauze.
a glimpse of the detail-kind of otherworldly, coral-like, or like some form of underwater life
It’s been a crazy day, but it ended with a sweet email from Sofia who was thanking me for well wishes in her new endeavors when she wrote:
“I read your blog updates all the time, and sometimes i find myself spouting facts about indigo and silk cocoons to my own amazement….last time my mother gave such a strange look -where did you learn all this information? i was struck dumb for a moment and said, the shibori girl told me!”
thank you, for all the learning and the beauty”
So perfect-kind of a “back-to-school” message. I was reminded that the best learning is sometimes the learning that takes place when you’re not even aware that it’s going on. This is the sort of thing that I aspire to when I write on this blog. A balance of information and beauty while at the same time entertaining, teaching and working. So thanks Sofia, for the sweet reminder!
i’ve been bouncing back and forth from ribbon to indigo lately. today it is the ribbon again as i updated the shop with new silk shibori ribbon three packs and a couple of summer 6 packs. lots of these colors are wonder dyed and individually have no names. they come and go and wander in and out of the shop.
these past few days i’ve been doing production dyeing-dyeing for orders. for example -
extra long for the tall girls…
tomorrow i’m doing some wonder dyeing.
yup- that’s a new category i’ll be adding to the sidebar. i do a lot of it here but never knew what to call it. it’s really my favorite thing – just going with what the cloth wants me to. letting colors wash over the silk and speak to each other. since i have a few retail events coming up i can do a lot of this-no need to stick to “the list”. plus, it’s a good way to come up with new colors and see what people like (and don’t like!).
also, i have been playing with the needle felting tool on the silk ribbon. it is fun to see here it leads and i like the results. you might want to try it too… i added two pieces to the shop- i was making them (demonstrating) at the recent show and selling them as i finished each one. these two i didn’t get finished until just the other day-they’re in the shop
also there’s been some interesting things coming out of the indigo vat with some vintage hemp i found in japan… photos soon.
i had to send back one item as it didn’t work very well. it was a pair of faux jeans out of a stretch material. that just doesn’t work well with this technique. jeans are the ticket. and apparently very cool mended with my indigo dyed scraps-both these are referrals from people who saw others wearing theirs… locally.
i think i’ll post this in SustainAbility…
hot as heck here today- two colors off the poles this morning speak to it-
colorway- 103 degrees hot pink discharged with a red and orange overdye- almost blindingly hot!
colorway- hot lava an old favorite that needed restocking black discharged and overdyed with deep red
this colorway always reminds me of the hiwatari matsuri we attended as kids in Japan. kinda burned a memory in my mind…
have some special ordered items to finish that need some handwork so think i’ll cool my heels inside with the air on low and a fan until it cools a bit- lately haven’t been starting out in the studio until later in the day- just too hot!
and last night i saw the international space station fly overhead. it was visible for about 5 minutes as it rose from the southwestern horizon heading northeast and disappearing at 78 degrees at about 8:13 pm.