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 it...it 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 all...as the little bit of dye on it came off with bleach water.

So, if you have downloaded the free instructions on building your own frame...you 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!

Hugs!

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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!
 
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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 days...as 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 shaw.kathy@yahoo.com 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!
 
 
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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:
Name
State/Country
Email Address

to me at: shaw.kathy@yahoo.com 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.

Hugs,

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Eggs and More!

 
If you are doing a little egg dying this week...toss in a few pieces of lace after you have dunked all of the boiled eggs. Rinse...and you have a rainbow of lovely lace pieces.These can also be over-dyed later. Just paint little touches on top of the solid colored pieces.
 
 
Love butterflies for this! Quick and easy!
 
p.s. Rayon lace will work...cotton not so much.
 
The dye I used was the jelly type cake icing food coloring dye, mixed with hot water/vinegar.
 
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One tired grandma...


It is Spring Break here...so the kids are out of school for the week. One of my sister's called, she wanted to take her grandson to the Tenessee Acquarium and wanted to know if I wanted to go and take Aidan (dear granddaughter). 
 
 
So, even though my shoulder is still giving me fits...I thought it would be a great idea...since it involved no lifting. Hugs!
 

My photos are not the greatest...this little point and shoot style camera tried it's best...but most of the place were dark and the fish tanks gave off a strange light.
 
 
 But, we did have a good time...and walked, and walked, and walked! All were tired when we got back home. Would recommend it however...loads of things to see!
 
 
Even my tired spots...have tired spots. This getting older is not the weak! Hugs!
 

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ICQC-101 is Open for Registration

 
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 29 through 31 March
 
The class will run from 1 April through 15 May
 
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 shaw.kathy@yahoo.com 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!
 
 
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BASIC CQ Course is OPEN for registration.

This BASIC CQ Course (BCQC)
 REGISTRATION will remain open until midnight on March 22th
 
The class will run for about five weeks.
 
 
These 12-Tasks comprise this basic class:
 
1 - How to Use the Class Blog
2 - Selecting Supplies
3- Design Principles of CQ
4 - Sewing the Block
5 - Surface Beading Techniques
6 - Template Seams
7 - Shape Seams
8 - 11 Various Silk Ribbon Flowers
12 - Finishing (lace, charms, etc.)
 
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 about 8 x 10 size block.
Basic CQ supplies include silk ribbon, pearl cotton threads, tiny beads, etc. as the photo above indicates. None of these are in large quantity for a single block.
 
You will be required to use a quilting hoop (Q-snap is fine).
You WILL be required to access the private class blog (upon an invitation sent to you) and post photos of your work as you progress through the class.

  If you are interested in taking this course, please email me at shaw.kathy@yahoo.com 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 you wish me to send class instructional handouts to.
 
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. Watch for BOTH of these emails, check your spam folder. If you do not receive by Monday morning, email me to let me know.
 
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.
 
You will need to be able to take a photo of your work, and upload it to the class blog. You will get instructions on "blogging" so don't worry if you don't currently do that now; you will learn.
But, you DO NEED to have an operating camera and be able to take photos.
You do need a basic understanding of how to save these photos and then retrieve those picture files
 
NOTE: You will be given class handouts/instruction in the form of emails and pdf documents.
 The pdf files can be opened with Adobe Reader (free software on the Adobe.com site)

 You need to be able to open these handouts/instructions and save them.
You can also print as you desire. In total, the course contains over 200 pages of information...so paper/printer will be required if you want to retain a hard copy of this information.
 
Hugs, and I hope to see you in the class!
 
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Joyful Embellishments

If you want some great seam inspiration, consider the Facebook group Joyful Embellishments, began by Valerie Bothell.








She posts five seams each week for every member to try. It's a great way to practice stitches and find some new "favorites". I found a few minutes these past couple of weeks to work on some of the seams posted to date. Hugs!
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Registration for ICQC is OPEN...

 
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 26 February through 1 March
 
The class will run from 1 March through 15 April
 
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 shaw.kathy@yahoo.com 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!
 
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Seriously crazy weather report...

I'm gonna bump this post down under the CQIC Registration...but, wanted you to see my view from the kitchen window today. All of you Nothern Ladies can have a good laugh...I don't mind. Hugs!
 
We ended up with about 4 inches of snow when it stopped. And it will all be gone by this afternoon. The kids in the neighborhood are sure to have a great day!
 
And, here is what my week looks like coming up...seriously...snow on Wednesday and 70's next week? How weird is that!
 
 
The trees will be blooming out...and there is most likely some ice to follow and freeze their buds...happens every year lately.
 
Keep warm, keep safe...and keep stitching!
 

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Guess it's my turn...

The snow has just begun...
I have pre-salted my steps...just in case there were to be an emergency and I have go down, or someone has to go up. But, I plan to stay in until this all melts...the dog however is not. Ha!

Here's the view outside my kitchen window.

Not near the snow the rest of the country is getting...but enough for us to close down schools and most businesses here. When you live without snowplows or salt/chemical trucks...you just have to wait it out.

Luckily...in three days...it will be 60plus degrees again...weird weather!

Hugs, to all...

 
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Planning Ahead

Are you busy? Of course you are...and so am I. That's why I look for as many "shortcuts" as possible. Like printing my embroidery designs onto fabric instead of tracing them. Just printed a dozen up and sewed some extra waste fabric strips to the side...this makes loading them into a hoop much easier.
 
 
And, I have several hand made small hoops that allows me to load several hoops at once. Then I just pick and choose what I want to stitch on. If I get bored with one design...I can move to another quickly.
 
 
So far, I have one completed...
 
 
And one almost completed this week.
 
 
Hugs,
 
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Future CQ Classes...


Just a quick note to let you know that I've updated the Free CQ Classes page. It now includes links to available supply lists (more to be published as I write/update them); links to more general class information; links to the class schedule for 2015.
 
So check out the information....and mark the Open Registration Dates on your calender so you won't miss those announcements. As always, I'll open the classes here on the blog...so if you follow, you'll get the news. The dates are a heads up for those that travel, etc. to be watching the blog posts during that specific time-frame.
 
As you will be able to determine from the schedule...I'm very busy. So, please don't ask me to "pre-register" you for a course. I'm sorry, but I only do that for extraordinary reasons...as it is a lot of extra work for me...and if I "promise" and forget...then everyone is unhappy.
So, all are treated the same...register when the classes are OPEN.
All classes are FREE instructions.
All classes are very detailed and require a ton of reading and printing of instructions/handouts.
All classes require supplies (these may already be in your stash, but if not you will need to purchase them)
All classes are taught in a positive environment...if you can't comply with my ideals of "positive environment"...you will be dropped from the class. I don't have time to deal with folks that bash other people's attempts or want to be disruptive. (Thankfully, I have not had to do this...but the disclaimer is so you know that I don't tolerate this type of behavior.)
 
Hope to see you in future classes!
 
And, those 140+ individual in the Basic Class right now...work, work, work!
The Intermediate Class opens on the 26th of February!
 
Hugs,
 
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Books are back...

Both the "Embellishing Crazy Quilts" and the "My Crazy Ideas" books are back in stock on my Etsy Shoppe.
 
EQC is all about stitching seams using templates,
 

and MCI is a journal specifically designed to chart crazy quilt seams and embroidery motif ideas.
If you purchase both together...make sure to use the "combination" item instead of both individual books...it will save you some cost to the books.
Hugs,
 
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