Saturday, April 13, 2013

on the bus

Last week, I demonstrated how to print yardage at my school's Celebration of Craft. Here's one chunk of fabric I ended up with:

The buses are screenprinted, and the triangles are block printed. I used fiber-reactive dyes on cotton, and intend to overdye this piece once it's been steamed and washed out.

A highlight of the day was when a very excited kid, maybe 7 years old, asked how I got all the triangles to look the same. I showed him my block, and printed it for him. He asked to try it, so I gave him a pair of gloves and he chose where and in which direction the triangles would point.

I forgot how much fun, and how time consuming it is, to block print yardage! I should carve bigger blocks...

Saturday, April 6, 2013


If you are living in the Northern Hemisphere of Planet Earth, you are hopefully emerging from what felt like the longest winter in the history of the world. (Apart from the Ice Age, but nevermind that.) Today was finally warmish, and I noticed this on my front porch:

My mint is beginning to grow back. Last summer, I yanked a big handful of mint from an overgrown patch at my school, and after neglecting it in a jar of water for far too long, finally planted it. It struggled along through the summer months, and finally succumbed to the double winter that seems to be leaving us. Hooray! I know mint is hardy, but I am still surprised to see it grow back after such a rough start. Hopefully it will do its minty thing and shoot up with a vengeance, so I can start making all manner of wonderful mint iced teas...

Thursday, April 4, 2013

postcard from my nook in the fibers studio

Pictured, in no order: fried egg pincushion; hand-drawn transparencies for a Tri-Met (PDX) bus print and for a print of the first house I lived in as a wee one; antique tape measure; pattern pieces for a sculpture assignment dealing with mass, balance, and gravity (executed in fabric, naturally); pieced curve blocks in hand-dyed and shot cotton.