Monday, April 25, 2011

The Bag!

I think this will make a great diaper bag....and it matches the little quilt.

There are a lot of pockets inside and space for everything, I think.

On to the next project.

Next on the Agenda!

I have so much of this fabric cut that I have to make a few more things....a bag was a definite.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Happy Easter

Happy Easter to everyone!

I spent yesterday making this little quilt for my is made from the extra pieces I had cut for a larger quilt a couple months ago. I love primary colors for kids, I think it stimulates their imagination and creativity.

The quilt is about 26x26.....perfect for a little one.

Also can be easy to change the baby on.....gets softer with every washing :)

And perfect to swaddle her with....3 months to go!

Friday, April 22, 2011

Discharge Paste Step 2

After they dried I ironed them with a steam iron (good ventilation). Different colors discharge faster than others....after you do a few you will get the hang for how long to keep the iron on a spot and how much steam it needs (some don't need any)....and you can go back over an area to see if it will get lighter....I like to get a variety of shades, it makes a piece more interesting.

Then I wash in the machine with hot water and synthropol....if a lot of color comes out I wash again and then iron. The pieces could also be over-dyed now...depending on your preferences.

Discharge Paste Step 1

I LOVE Discharge Paste! I buy this from Pro Chem or Dharma Trading. Of all the processes I have learned through Jane Dunnewold, (and there are many!) this is my all-time favorite. Perhaps because it is so easy...such instant gratification!

My hand-dyed fabrics are the perfect base for this. The fabrics I am using today were dyed in a pan with multiple colors at a time.

You want to do this with adequate ventilation...especially if you are susceptible(?) to odors. Read the label and guidelines on Pro Chem or Dharma before using. I've never had a problem.

I applied the paste (as is from the bottle) through a thermofax screen of a ginko leaf.

These were other screens I used. I also used a brush and did some lines on a couple pieces.

Then I cut a ragged circle from a sponge (with a hack saw :) and stamped right on the fabric. Then I dug out the center of the other side of the sponge and made an open circle....

which gave me this shape. I'll let them all dry and iron them this afternoon.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

WOW...2 months go by....

It's not that I haven't been crazy busy...I've been cleaning out closets....donating...selling...really preparing for the inevitable....selling this house a few years down the road. And I've only made a dent...that's ok...I'm starting early!

I discharged these fabrics yesterday (discharge paste with stamps and screens). This is one of my favorite easy and such a dynamic result.

I think I'll do some more today.