Another piece designed during June Huber’s Masterclass at the 2014 Bead & Button show in Milwaukee, WI. Made with seed beads, bugle beads, fire polish glass, a glass shell pendant and beads from Unicorne Beads, and a hand made clasp.
The colours are easy to wear – so I do, often!
We get some interesting people buying thread from our store. Fishermen, quilters, airplane model makers, musicians and now Japanese bookbinders.
Craig Wetzel’s email caught my eye – what on earth is the Imaginactory? Well, a strange word at least. And, it appears, a strange bird is Craig.
Lovely paintings, in egg tempura. A little used medium but utterly beautiful in execution. His subjects could almost be from a Lewis Carroll world, or even Edward Lear. A pig on a bridge………?
And his writing is after my own heart. A man with a sense of humour, and apparently friends with like minds, such as Amey, who writes amusingly about Craig.
Perhaps you would like to wander around Sycamore Shadows – an imaginary town?
At some point in your quilting life you will want to play with dyeing your own fabrics. Either because you keep hearing about how others do it and how easy it is. Or because you really, really want to create your own colours for your stash or a particular quilt.
I did it initially because I was curious about the process then I found I really enjoyed coming up with piles of new colours for my quilts.
For several years the kitchen in our Virginia house would be taken over by a mask wearing fiend who spread ziplock bags filled with swirls of colour and scrunched muslin all over every available surface. It made sense to create great wodges of hand dyed fabric in one session because it is a fairly messy and intrusive process. It takes a couple of days – because you are leaving the cooking fabrics overnight and then washing them out the next morning. While my husband was travelling and didn’t need feeding the kitchen was mine!
There is a section in my stash filled with those fabrics and quite a few quilts out there with Rushbrooke hand dyes.
Ann Johnston’s tiny book is one of the best reference and tutorial books out there on low-water immersion dyeing.
The chapters are as follows (and read them all as they are jam packed full of information you are very happy to have):
• Useful information on dyes, chemicals, water, temperature, time, fabric and color. Pay attention to this – you will come back to this section over and over.
• A list of supplies – all of which you can gather over a period of time or go whole hog (which I usually do) and get the lot all at once.
• A short chapter on the method of dyeing.
• And a following chapter on five different variations on the general method of low-water immersion dyeing. This will keep you busy for months and months, possibly years and years if you really get into dyeing your own fabric.
• A section on exploring color – more things to learn about how to play with your dyes.
• More suggestions in the chapter on dyeing the colors of the four seasons.
• Questions answered and a bunch of appendix with more stuff you will keep referring to.
This is a book I will never lend or sell. The fundamentals of home dyeing your own fabrics are succinctly put together in this neat little spiral bound book.
Published by Ann Johnston
Website: Ann Johnston