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Sunday, June 17, 2012

Jim's Batik Shirt

When we were in Albuquerque last weekend, we stopped into a brand new fabric store - Nob Hill Fabrics. They have some great fabrics in that store. Jim found a batik he loved, so I turned it into a shirt. The fancy stitches are done with silver metallic thread. I tried some of my buttons on the shirt - but this shirt needed silver buttons. 

Jim's Coffee Shirt

I ordered some fabric from equilter, and discovered I'd ordered this batik as well. Darned if I know why I ordered it. Jim looked at it and decreed it would be a good shirt. 

I've leftover prints from three coffee themed batiks. I'm considering making Jim a leg of this and a leg of that boxers. 

Testing Out New Dyes

A new to me yellow showing most of the piece and up close. I've o idea where the red freckles came from, but they are kind of interesting. 

Parakeet. I really like this color and I may do some serious fabric dyeing with this color. 

Wasabi and wasabi up close. I like the blending of the wasabi and the parakeet. 

This is a new to me deep green and I like it better than other other deep green I have. This color seems to have more life in it. 

I took white fabric and cut it into four triangles then shoved each piece of cloth into a quart jar with dye from new dyes I ordered from Dharma Trading. 

I want to work with batik, but I first needed to see what these dyes look like in real life as opposed to the color chip on the website. I'll hem the edges on the triangles and call them scarves for when I eat in a restaurant. Apparently, my breasts act as a food magnet and I ALWAYS get food on the front of me. Sigh. I won't wear a bib, but I will wear a scarf. 

Sunday, June 03, 2012

I've been scratching my head trying to figure out how to make a bib that doesn't look like a bib. I have reached the stage of life where I end up wearing most of my meals. I put out questions to both quilt groups that I'm on and the suggestion came back to make a scarf. 

I took a piece of white cloth that a friend had given me. I used a dyeing technique another friend had given me, and put the quart jar full of dye and fabric out in the sun. It's about 100 today so the dyes got a chance to really bake in. I would have liked a little more dye coverage, but overall, I like the results. I want to play with more dye combinations and with one dye just to see what I get. 

40 years ago today, Jim and I got married. It feels as if we've always been married and as if we just got started.