Saturday, June 28, 2014

24 Step Color Wheel

I've been so impressed with Candy Glendening's classes on Candiedfabrics.com that I am currently working on a 24 step color wheel of 5" squares. It was nice to have her response to a question I posed about doing this in a matter of minutes. I know she won't always be at the computer like today. That's fine, just knowing that she DOES get back to you with answers is appreciated. 

I've been dyeing cotton pfd fabric for about two years now. I did take quite a bit of time off during the moving process that we went thru last summer. I finally got my supplies out and got going again after taking online classes with Candy. 

Lynda over at The Bloom Bake Create blog had commented about taking Candy's latest offering so I checked into it. I decided that I wanted to learn the Candied Fabric approach from the beginning. I have become more of an Intentional Dyer. At present I am making swatches of colors using various reds, yellows, and blues as my primaries. All the formulas I use are part of the course offerings. 

 I now understand just how much dye stock is needed for a specific size of fabric.  I can decide which colors I want more of, dye that amount of fabric, and my results will be what I want. I won't be wasting time, fabric, dye, or my patience!  

My first picture is of the sample swatches of the watermelon (red), daffodil (yellow), and azure (blue) that I am using as my primaries today. The second picture is 21 more little goodies, batching in the sun. 

 
 

I have already done the first rinsing, and they are back in the little containers with cold water and ice cubes on top. If all goes well, I will add a picture of them drying yet tonight. 

Here's the picture of those little swatches all lined up. They are so tiny on this drying rack, but they are just what I want. After they are dry I will iron them and see how the color mixology worked. 

Here is a picture of the ironed pieces. Colors are quite close to the actual pieces. 
 

So, that's  what I did creatively today. How about you?

Let's Create Today (and every day),
Luann




When does your "new" year begin?

Sounds like a strange question, doesn't it?  

This topic came up while having coffee with the hubby this morning. 

The most obvious would be January 1st of any year. 
September and the beginning of the school year is another possibility. 
A fiscal year, for businesses and their healthcare plans, can start any month. 
The  Chinese New Year, which changes each year. 
There are religious events that could be used as the beginning of a "new" year, such as Easter. 
And what about the anniversary day of your birth, marriage, or some other significant event in your life?
Then there's always July 1st. This is the date so often used for making a new set of resolutions. 

Well, by now, I'm sure you have the idea. I think that throughout the year we have many new beginnings, new year startings. The one that's the most important? It is the one that is happening today.

 So, whether you've been highly creative, moderately busy, or just dreaming about it, 

Let's Create Today, 
Luann



Thursday, June 26, 2014

Three month update,,,

  I just checked out the last date of posting. Wow, have I been away from this. Well, best way is to just do a recap of the past three months, and move forward. 

I am checking thru my planner for notes on what I've been up to. 

StitchinFingers swapping activities have been moving along. I've been making ATCS and Post Cards for each of the Birthday ladies. My altered fabrics have been a lot of fun. 
I've made fabric book pages with the following themes:
landscape, 
 
Nature,
 
Spring,
 
And the first one- journey

I have been working thru some art lessons. 
 This is an ongoing work. 


I've taken several fabric dyeing classes, and have taken a more Intentional Approach. 

I've made my own gelli plates and done quite a bit of printing with them. This is one that I gave away!
 
Well, I'm going to post this before I lose the wifi connection. 

Let's Create Today.
Luann