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1-2-3 indigo vat and some itajime at the JANM

first "homework" in the online indigo workshop

Things are getting going in the online indigo workshop. The first assignment was to create a vat and make swatches -these came out of the indigo lime fructose vat.

Last weekend’s itajime workshop at the JANM was more shibori fun. Many thanks to my intrepid JANM assistant Keiko who brought green tea and mochi to celebrate girls day. She really is the best!

It was fun to concentrate on one particular technique since we only have a few short hours to practice. We get to develop a better understanding of what we are doing and do it several times over. It was nice to see so many old shibori and indigo friends. We practiced on many types of silk with the colorhue dyes. It was a real pleasure to see everyone having such a good time enjoying silk and color!  Itajime was the perfect choice for the workshop considering  the upcoming exhibit at the museum:

Folding Paper-the infinite possibilities of origami

a few photos from the workshop:

more indigo practice

First, a little business and a reminder that my new class at Joggles starts Feb. 18. If you are signed up for the class, you will receive a supply list email one week prior ( Feb.11). I’m considering trying out a few new interactive ideas with this class. What if once a week for the five weeks I set aside an additional 30-45 minutes to take a few 5-10 minute Skype calls from students? We could make appointments through the forums. I don’t know- it could be fun. Kind of like the teacher having office hours. You could show me your work and ask me questions via video conference. Of course this assumes your computer has isight or a camera.
Just a thought. Well, I simply have way too much to do right now but wanted to remind you about the class- go ahead, sign up and learn some techniques for creating some beautiful silk fabrics with Colorhue dyes. Colorhue is simple to use but does have it’s limitations in regards to making certain colors. The techniques you will learn can be applied to any dyeset of your choice.

I’ll leave you with some indigo I worked on today. All of this is already spoken for but in time there will be more posted in the etsy shop.

a continued journey…..

which way?

this weekend while taking a day to just hang out, we ended up at the beach which, for me, is always a good place to think about things like direction. too many directions? not enough direction? just being ok to flow with the tide and be without it for awhile.


now there is such a thing as taking this idea a little too far. maybe the captain of this vessel was practicing this when he/she ran aground recently in El Porto. it did make for an interesting conversation piece on the beach this weekend and was attracting lots of interest- kids, beachcombers, photographers and the like. i only had my iphone with me but in the afternoon LA light, still hazy from ash and smoke it has a certain quality that is appealing.


so we sat down in the sand to watch the sunset and were left to wonder about the events that led up to such a stranding on the beach…..perhaps some lovers out for a sail got carried away, lost in each other and in their passion lost track of the shore until jolted back to the reality of their geographical location.
who knows?

well, a change of scenery is always good to recharge the batteries and now it’s Thanksgiving Week and there is SO much to BE thankful for-though you wouldn’t know it from reading the news- so let’s just skip the news this week- why not?

milo, on the other hand, is thankful for Hobbs silk batting as he settles into a snooze to test the loft as i start in on a silk shibori baby blanket for some friends about to begin a new journey themselves.
hobbs batting

as maggie says on her website, the silk batting can be split in half forming two thin layers-which is how i like it, especially for silk habotai. i have just finished splitting a one yard cut of it. i have found all sorts of useful ways to use this batting including stuffing it in between layers of pleated silk shibori to add more loft to some of the silk shibori ribbon flowers i make. maybe you remember some of the experiments i did applying the arashi technique to it and dyeing it with the colorhue dyes?
if not……
HD over at Hobbs was very generous in providing me with some samples to work with-thanks HD!

now, i am not a quilter, let me repeat: I-Am-Not-A-Quilter. but i do read lots of quilters blogs and interact with many as well so i get the basic idea. but if you know me at all you know that when i start out to make a quilt several things may happen.
1. it may not end up looking like a quilt
2. you may hate it and i will love it (masterpiece or disaterpiece? sounds like a new reality show)
3. i may get fed up with it and cut it into scraps where you can purchase it in pieces in my silk shibori scrap bags at a show.
4. anything

so following along, it’s not gonna be normal. and a baby might appreciate that at some future point.
i’m reminded of a story i tell on occasion about how when i was in college as a ceramics major we were told over and over (and over) that you CANNOT single fire glazed porcelain-especially cast ware. so, being the glennis my parents were so fond of (and often infuriated with) , i proceeded to build a 30 year career producing just that. (told ya so) i’m just stubborn like that.

back to shibori…i’ve much admired all the small journal quilts i see at the quilt festival-for lots of reasons- small size (not overwhelming to approach), the stories and ideas behind them, the experimental techniques many of them utilize.

i thought that a little baby journey quilt was in order.
and using the things i have at hand, silk, dyes etc. i dove in. imagined it in my minds eye….a landscape seemed in order, hmmmm…some stars to wish upon, some hills to climb and explore, a moon to light the way, and the sea to calm and take you to distant places. i sketched a little outline and colored it with some pencils as a reference. i loosely drew it out on some silk. i thought out the order of the dyeing and the stitching. i decided to start by handpainting some of the elements onto the silk first. this is something i did in some earlier experiments and something i teach in my shibori workshops. it’s not traditional but it allows for some results that are unique to the method.
so next i spent a couple of hours stitching and gathering the threads. my design was very loose and simple. in the gathering up process, i noticed i had missed something in the design of the land feature so i went back and tried to stitch it even though all the threads had been gathered. i lost my way and ended up going in a circle-no matter, sometimes we do that in life. what was intended as a hill became a path on a hillside.
next, i dyed the various areas, capping (blocking) off certain parts to preserve colors as i dyed.
after a vinegar soak, i wrapped it in cloth and not wanting to get my big outside steamer going this late in the evening i did a quick microwave steam for the very first time! being further lazy (having had a glass of wine while making dinner) i unwrapped the whole thing and threw it in the dryer.
when it was dry, i cut the threads and fortunately, didn’t snip or tear any holes in the silk. if i had though, i would have just incorporated them into the stitching i plan to do to quilt the layers together.

so this is what we have so far. i have the front pinned to the batting and i’m contemplating how i will dye the backing which is soaking in a bucket outside right now. i plan to keep the texture that remains and NOT iron out any wrinkles. in fact, i think i will stitch In and Around some of the texture to preserve it. of course the texture will soften as it gets washed- but it will be able to be hand washed and thrown in the dryer.

stars to wish upon, a moon to light the way

explore far and wide, a path to follow, an ocean to sail

before the stitching….

and to complete the double-cat study of the loftiness of Hobbs Silk Batting (and looking a little “lofty” herself) is tig, not to be outdone by milo.

intermission #2 …part 2

OK. So to see where this came from, go back to the last post.

-another sample of the marbled glazes we printed onto the molds before slip casting with porcelain.

and several samples of foam/dye marbeling on silk broadcloth using Colorhue dyes:



So, now back to polewrapping!
The start date for the next Joggles class for silk shibori flower making has been pushed back to Nov. 27. Still time to sign up and order ribbon! I’ll be posting several new tutorials and hopefully even some video to those signed up in addition to the regular stuff we will cover in the class (3 flower designs).

intermission # 2 …not shibori

glaze close up

Originally uploaded by glennisd

Well, still no post part two yet- busy with stuff and sorts but took myself on a little side trip of distraction with some foam dyeing/printing on silk.

Once upon a time, many many years ago in a little porcelain studio in Long Beach CA we produced a line of ware that was cast and glazed using a special process where we “printed” the specially made molds with a specially formulated glaze. I won’t bore you with the details but suffice to say that it was a patented process which produced some really lovely items which we sold to a number of nice department stores such as Robinson’s and Bullock’s, Geary’s and the like (all of whom are now gone due to the merging and death of department stores…blah, blah..)

ANYWAY……fast forward to last year when I purchased some EZScreenPrint sheets for the kids to make some custom band shirts to sell at their concerts and gigs (we call them “merch”). It involved creating the screen design and mixing dye with shaving cream and pulling it across the screen to print the design on the fabric.

HENCE, I was left with cans of shaving cream and of course some of the Colorhue dyes I have around and I began to think about putting the two together.

I had heard mention of “foam dyeing” and scouted around online to see what I could find. Not too much really. Dharma has some instructions for MX dyes, Jupiter’s Things has a site with some pieces done in this technique but not too much info.

Giving myself a few hours to goof off in the studio and take a break from all the pole wrapping, I came up with some techniques to produce something reminiscent of those porcelain glaze designs of yore…

I am posting this through my flickr site as I had this image stored there and could easily find it so now I will go and download the images from my camera of the foam printing and be right back with post # 2 in this series…….

(you can click the photo and it will take you to a set of some of my porcelain work from my previous incarnation..)

just working…

bad hair day or good shibori day?

bad hair day or good shibori day?

never underestimate the time it takes to remove all the stitching

working on stitch technique samples for workshop in houston

working on stitch technique samples for workshop in houston

thinking myself so smart for finding and ordering the perfect thread to use when practicing stitched shibori, i ordered black.
which is just fine.
except when dyeing black.

the great thing is that is won’t break, is very visible while stitching and drawing up threads, and doesn’t take the dye.