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Painting and Drying Frame

While painting ribbon, as it lay on my table...I began thinking about how I might do this vertically. Dipped ribbon is easy to deal with, but painted ribbon requires brush strokes. If "ombre" style was to be done...the ribbon needed to be painted along the length. This is not possible with dipping into dye cups.
I thought about using a set of stretcher bars or my quilt frame. However, once dye gets on might come off on my future work...not a good idea.
But, since i make my own frames now anyway...and had all of the "connections"...all I really needed was a good design and more 1/2 inch PVC pipe! But this "model" was way too tall, making me stretch to paint the ribbon. And the ribbon on the backside (from wrapping) was too difficult to get to.

So, I created a wider version that was still tall, just not AS TALL as before. I used my prior side pieces as the width, just needed to cut one more of those.

 The ribbon painting was still a lot of work, and I'm not entirely sure it's a good use of my time.

The ribbon was pretty when rinsed and dried; but not as "ombre" as I had hoped for. Still, it is going to make some very pretty woven roses! I do love my large drying rack/frame however...and may use it for a block or large needle-art piece after the little bit of dye on it came off with bleach water.

So, if you have downloaded the free instructions on building your own can adapt by cutting different pipe lengths (horizontal ones were 25 inches, and vertical ones were 15 inches) and have a cool large frame or drying rack!



Dying and Painting Lace

The ladies in the ICQC-102 class have been painting and dying laces and ribbons. They got me wanting to create some pretties too; so here are some of my latest efforts.
The upper left corner has the painted (acyclic) pieces. The upper right corner has the Acid Dye painted/dipped pieces, and the lower center has the Procion MX Dye pieces.

Here are some of the Acid Dye Ribbons (rayon seam binding). All of the photos are after things have been rinsed, dryed, and pressed.

Hope you are having at least half the fun that these ladies are!

Open Registration for ICQC -101 Designing and Piecing CQ Blocks (Required for all other Intermediate Course Registrations)

Hello everyone. It is time for another ICQC Registration Open Period...where has the time gone! 
Lot's to share with you about this week...but no time at the moment. Heading off to the hospital to visit with my mother...they are keeping her for a couple of she has gotten a "bug" and is dehydrated. So, I'm in a run...sorry...and will not be answering you very quickly today if you email...but I'll be busy getting to everything when I do return later this afternoon. Hugs!
Intermediate Crazy Quilt Course (ICQC)
101-Piecing Crazy Quilt Blocks
is now OPEN for Registration
You Must Have Completed The CQ Basic Class to Register for this ICQC Module.

Registration is open 20 through 22 April
The class will begin on 23 April and should take 4-6 weeks (or less).
These mini classes will comprise this first course:
A - Printing on Fabric
B - Color Theory
C - Selecting Fabrics
D - Designing Blocks
E - Adding Lace & Trims
F - Piecing CQ Blocks
The class is FREE, you will not be charged anything for the instructions.
Link to the Basic Supply List 
You WILL be required to get your own supplies to complete the different class tasks. 
  If you are interested in taking this course, please email me at and provide me this information:
Your first name
Your last name
You country of residence
Your state of residence IF you live in the USA
The email address (if different) you wish me to send class instructional handouts to.
The email address (if different) you wish me to use for Class Blog Access.
After you register, I will send you a Welcome Email and Google/Blogger will send you (at my request) an Invitation to join the Class Blog where the class will be held. 
This is an ON-LINE internet class
You will need to follow some simple instructions to register and gain access to the private class blog. Your name and email will need to be entered; but NO social security or credit card information is required. Just basic information to "recognize" you as a class participant. We will follow the same process you used in the Basic Class.
This is the first module of the ICQC. Future modules will require that you complete this one.
Hugs, and I hope to see you in the class!

Open Registration - 10-12 April for ICQC-102

Registration is now open for the Intermediate Crazy Quilt Course (ICQC), Module #102 (Working with Paints, Dyes, and Inks)
Registration is open 10, 11, and 12 April.
Class will begin on 13 April

You need to have completed ICQC-#101 Module (Designing and Piecing Blocks)  before registering for this #102 module.
This Course covers:
--Painting Backgrounds
-- Painting and Dying Lace Motifs
-- Inking Lace and Charms

To register please email this information:
Email Address

to me at: before midnight (CST) on 13 April.

The class instruction is FREE.
You will need supplies.
A draft supply list is under the Class Tab of this site.



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What type of textile arts are you interested in?
I have been quilting for about 20 years now, mostly self taught. This past year I have been more and more involved with crazy quilting...especially the hand stitching aspect of embroidery is also quickly becoming an obsession as well.
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Self taught would be my initial answer...but that is not entirely true I suppose since the number of books, magazines, pamphlets, patterns, and free instructions sheets I have owned would be staggering if put together.
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Stitching is both my passion and my love...along with my three darling grandchildren of course.

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At 7:34 on January 30, 2011, Judy said…
your work is always outstanding & beautiful
At 23:50 on March 7, 2009, Marihette Fourie said…
Hi where did you get the fairy picture in your embroidery?
hugs Marihette
At 3:20 on February 20, 2009, Rengin Yazitas said…
I also visited your blog, you do amazing work, thanks so much for sharing.
Best wishes from Istanbul,
At 10:53 on February 8, 2009, Marihette Fourie said…
I it me the newbie, looked at your blog and loved it to bits. I signed up of Sharon B 's class.
At 10:25 on February 7, 2009, Marihette Fourie said…
Your work is really a inspiration to me thank for sharing.
At 22:09 on January 22, 2009, Jennifer Louise Morlock said…
Your blog is wonderful. Thanks for sharing! Jenna Louise
At 13:09 on January 18, 2009, Sherry said…
Thanks for sharing your links and for the stitch along you are posting. I will definitely keep checking in for inspiration. I love the black and white templates for each stitch.
At 10:25 on January 13, 2009, Marie Alton said…
Just found your page and blog...kudos to your TDiTM project...will check it out often! Happy Stitching!
At 9:03 on January 13, 2009, chitra gangadharan said…
I visited your blog, Your are very creative and thanks for sharing the TWSITM. challenge
At 12:01 on January 10, 2009, Zandra said…
I recently looked at your blog to see more pictures. I totally love your walkway and the creativity is wonderful - you have been added as a fav. Zandra Pellet

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