Mettler 50wt silk finish cotton 547 yard spools

Old Tin Mettler Silk Finish Cotton All Purpose Thread 2-ply 50wt 190d 500 meter 547 yard spool 9104-0415 (Old no 104-623)Smoky Blue Mettler Silk Finish Cotton All Purpose Thread 2-ply 50wt 190d 500 meter 547 yard spool 9104-0351 (Old no 104-789)White Mettler Silk Finish Cotton All Purpose Thread 2-ply 50wt 190d 500 meter 547 yard spool 9104-2000 (Old no 104-W2)

Colour numbers and names are changing….. Here are Mettler 547yd spools of 50wt silk finish cotton in Old Tin 9104-0415 (Old no 104-623), Smoky Blue 9104-0351 (Old no 104-789), and White 9104-2000 (Old no 104-W2).

Color by Accident by Ann Johnston

Color by Accident by Ann JohnstonAt 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.

Gold/Magenta/Purple layers of fabric being dyed in a glass jarThe 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

Brown and Crystal bracelet

Brown and Crystal Bracelet. Image copyright © Rose Rushbrooke.

This is a piece I made during June Huber’s Masterclass at the 2014 Bead & Button Show in Milwaukee, WI.

Seed beads and fire polish crystals, finished with a slide clasp. Modified right angle weave – an extremely useful technique.

The bracelet is 7 inches long from end to end.

Mettler 50wt silk finish cotton 164 yard spools

Mettler silk finish cotton 50 weight 2-ply 150 meters 164 yards 9105-0018 (Old no 105-668) LusterMettler silk finish cotton 50 weight 2-ply 150 meters 164 yards 9105-0224 (Old no 105-848) KelleyMettler silk finish cotton 50 weight 2-ply 150 meters 164 yards 9105-0413 (Old no 105-693) Titan GreyMettler silk finish cotton 50 weight 2-ply 150 meters 164 yards 9105-0415 (Old no 105-623) Old TinMettler silk finish cotton 50 weight 2-ply 150 meters 164 yards 9105-1382 (Old no 105-618) Black PeppercornMettler silk finish cotton 50 weight 2-ply 150 meters 164 yards 9105-1282 (Old no 105-700) CharcoalMettler silk finish cotton 50 weight 2-ply 150 meters 164 yards 9105-1227 (Old no 105-620) Light SageMettler silk finish cotton 50 weight 2-ply 150 meters 164 yards 9105-1222 (Old no 105-692) SandstoneMettler silk finish cotton 50 weight 2-ply 150 meters 164 yards 9105-1097 (Old no 105-714) Bright GreenMettler silk finish cotton 50 weight 2-ply 150 meters 164 yards 9105-0899 (Old no 105-658) BronzeMettler silk finish cotton 50 weight 2-ply 150 meters 164 yards 9105-0637 (Old no 105-648) Antique Pink

New colour numbers and names in Mettler 164yd spools of 50wt silk finish cotton. Luster, Kelley, Titan Grey, Old Tin, Black Peppercorn, Charcoal, Light Sage, Sandstone, Bright Green, Bronze, and Antique Pink.

YLI 50wt silk 100m spools

50wt Linen YLI silk thread 100 meter spool #05150wt Sandstone YLI silk thread 100 meter spool #068

It’s not easy sourcing YLI 50wt silk thread so we are pleased to offer some new colours in store. Linen, and Sandstone.

Houzz and QuiltCon 2015

iQuilt by Kathy York, Best in Show QuiltCon 2015

iQuilt by Kathy York, Best in Show QuiltCon 2015

Quite a stir in the quilt world when Houzz published a very long and complimentary article on last weekend’s QuiltCon 2015. Lots of pictures from the Modern Quilt Guild conference and show.

Update on window display at the Justice Center, Portland, Oregon

Window display at the Justice Center, Portland, Oregon

We did a quick drive by last weekend to see the window display at the Justice Center in downtown Portland. Other than the billion police cars surrounding the Center, parked in every conceivable spot (quite glad really, the contents of our display were properly guarded!) – it was a terrific show. People were actually stopping and looking in the window. I took some fast shots which didn’t come out very well, I hadn’t taken into account the bad glare and reflections. Oh well, you get the idea……

Royal Crustacean Cellini spiral necklace displayed at the Justice Center, Portland, Oregon

In amongst all the other yummy work is my Royal Crustacean Cellini Spiral.

Summertime Donut necklace displayed at the Justice Center, Portland, Oregon

A better shot of the Summertime Donut necklace.

Summertime Donut necklace at the Justice Center, Portland, Oregon

And again, in with baskets, scarves etc.

There are 60 feet of display area – a lot of very nice items to see.

Mettler 60wt – more new numbers and color names

Country Red Mettler Silk Finish cotton thread 60wt Tex 23 200 meter 220 yard spool 9240-0504 (Old no 240-600)Cranberry Mettler Silk Finish cotton thread 60wt Tex 23 200 meter 220 yard spool 9240-0918 (Old no 240-601)

More newly numbered Mettler 60wt cotton 220 yard spools in the store. Country Red 9240-0504 (Old no 240-600) and Cranberry 9240-0918 (Old no 240-601).

Gathering of the Guilds window display

Cellini spiral necklace inspired by Royal Crustacean fractal art quilt. Made with seed beads and garnet chips. Cellini stitch beadweaving. Image copyright © Rose Rushbrooke.Netted embellished donut strung on embellished, twisted herringbone rope. Made with emerald donut, magatamas, delicas, and seed beads. Image copyright © Rose Rushbrooke.Chrysogonum, gold and green necklace - cubic right angle weave bead stitch. Made with seed beads, crystals, and glass pearls. Image copyright © Rose Rushbrooke.
3 of my necklaces are on exhibition in the window of the Justice Center in downtown Portland. They are on show from February 1st to March 1st 2015. This is part of the hayuge Gathering of the Guilds which happens every year in April at the Oregon Convention Center. Very cool.

Braided Coral Bracelet

Braided coral bracelet. Beadwork - square stitch, fringing, and stringing. Image copyright © Rose Rushbrooke.

Braided Coral Bracelet. A second piece made from the box of beads from the 2014 TOHO design challenge. This piece came together so quickly I could hardly believe it. Sometimes it happens this way – not often enough!

This is what it looks like opened up:

Flat view of Stone Tile Superduo Clasp Bracelet. Image copyright © Rose Rushbrooke.

Very pretty and delicate. And I loved how the colours worked.