Hopefully this will be a fairly quick post-have a few pics to lay down here but not too much time. I don’t expect to be posting too much in the next 10 days or so. Just too much to do. You might catch a glimpse or two on facebook or twitter if even that-so here goes!
sol's journey
you can hardly go wrong with a cute baby pic so here it is-Sol and his mommy visiting and playing on his silk quilt in the back yard. it’s been washed once-a quick hand wash and into the dryer for good measure. Soft and silky-I’m definitely gonna do this again-but one for me! Maybe lap size.
yellow base dye
base dyed 250 yards of ribbon on Saturday. started with the yellow
the idea is to not waste dye OR water – completely exhausting the dyebath so it can be reused in the next color(darker of course) here is the water after dyeing yellow-almost clear. I then went to ecru which exhausted completely then to pine green which exhausted to near clear-then to black. then it was time for new water. each time checking the ph and adding citric acid as needed as well as salt and abegal set.
400 yards of silk ribbon
-400 yards of ribbon waiting it’s turn for a bath

glimpse of the booth in Chicago- didn’t take many photos-too busy and wasn’t happy with the 1/2 booth layout-oh well-everyone else seemed to like it.
new-joggles class
jeeze- i really can’t remember if i already posted this or not-and where? FB? Flickr? even twittpic? who knows anymore? in any case, it’s a new class on Joggles starting August 13. Keeping up with some of this stuff is getting in the way of studio time.
-then there are a few quick pics i snapped at the end of the shibori workshop in Chicago and have been meaning to post-
chicago shibori workshop
working on some stitched pieces
chicago shibori workshop
up at the dye table- using the colorhue dyes
chicago shibori workshop

chicago shibori workshop
some results-learning what does and doesn’t work
chicago shibori workshop
more stitching
chicago shibori workshop

chicago shibori workshop
more results
chicago shibori workshop
ironing in the back of the class.
We had a great class and many were introduced to silk for the first time. The Colorhue dyes are really simple to use, non-toxic and need no mordanting or heat setting. Perfect for a workshop setting like this as well as the hobby home dyer. Yes, I said the word “hobby”. Sorry folks! I didn’t get pics of everything but there were some really smashing results! Don’t forget to sign up for this class in Houston this fall!

Gosh- so much more to tell- sorry if this is getting too lengthy- really must finish it up!
First- check out Anne Selby’s work. Absolutely stunning- great photo work too! AND she’s designed and will be marketing a wrapping machine for arashi work. No details yet but she showed it off at the ISS2008 apparently. I talked to her recently and she’s hoping to get to the SDA conference in Kansas end of May.
Anxious to see her version. I currently have two- one I built and one built by someone else. I may need another!

I also have made plans to visit the Ichiku Kubota Museum at Lake Kawaguchi while in Japan. If you recall, his exquisite kimono are on display in Ohio right now.
(I was going to provide the link but it seems as if their website has been removed or is having problems-here it is anyway-maybe it will come back..

That will have to do it for now-

8 thoughts on “monday,monday

  1. shiborigirl Post author

    thanks you two- and dar- i just got outbid on your silk veil-ha! anyone else here should check out the shiboriborealis ebay store-Dar has a great piece on sale there!
    also- more thinking lately after returning from the quilt show…mainly about how many quilts are made as display quilts-not intended for use or to be touched-all the white gloves at the quilt shows. i love this quilt because it is so tactile-it HAS to be touched and used. silk just has that quality to it. kinda like Dar’s veils-put to good use making people feel good, beautiful and happy. like a naked baby on a silk quilt…
    gonna make more of these..


  2. mendofleur

    What a feast of color and beauty as well as the baby. How fun to see the process of dyeing and how you conserve the water and stretch the dyes and transform the color. Fascinating.



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