So how’s that for a catchy title? I do love scallops – bay scallops or sea scallops, the kind you eat with melted butter and garlic and lemon wedges. I grew up on the east coast, just a few miles from the ocean, and the next town over from mine had waterfront docks where you could buy fish from the boats when they returned. Yummy fresh fish and seafood!
Suzanne is having a party on her blog. Since there are already lots of sweets, I decided to bring my Fresh Cucumber Salsa and chips, and frozen margaritas. Hope they don’t melt by the time I get there. Congratulations, Suzanne!
Carla is having a contest. She does the most amazing things with yarn and fibers and beads and bling (well, and with quilting too!). You must check them out here
Next up was Kay’s session on marbelling. You fill a shallow tray with cheap-o shaving cream, then dribble on paints or inks. Stir the colors around with a skewer, comb through them with a hair pick, and once you have a design you like, lay your fabric on top. Press it down, pull it off, and scrape off the extra shaving cream. Voila!
Today was the day. Jeri and Kay were here for Art Quilt Group. (Maybe we should come up with a more creative name? After all, we’re trying to be creative.)
We started with discharge dying using discharge paste. We did that first because you’re supposed to wait until it dries, then cause the discharge to happen using steam (as in a steam iron). Did we wait for it to dry until after lunch, as was the plan????? Uh, NOOOO! We (I?) needed instant gratification, so I got a hair dryer and we blow-dried, then steamed. All before morning coffee break. (Okay, no one drank coffee, but we had chocolate chip crumb loaf for a snack – hey, we needed to keep our strength up!)
My art quilting group is meeting at my home next Saturday. I’m supposed to be leading us in discharge dyeing. So I thought I should try some of it for the first time!
I bought 1/8 yard cuts of fabric to test and see which ones would give good results. Gathered my supplies yesterday:
To test the color removal of bleach, I’m using a Clorox bleach pen, and gel-type automatic dishwashing liquid. When we do the actual workday, I’ll also mix up a diluted liquid bleach solution.
I have wanted to do hand dyed fabric for a LOOOOONNNNGG time. I got that wish last Saturday! Jeri, Kay Sherry and I went to Janet’s, and each dyed 20 yards of fabric. It was SOOOOO much fun! Here are the few photos I took before I got too excited to remember the camera:
These were some of the first batches: