Thursday, September 23, 2010

Success At Last!

I am a novice dyer.  I had never touched dyes before this summer.  I have dyed lots of fabric. I have gotten some great gradations, but the patterned pieces I have done so far were not anything I could imagine using in a quilt. In fact there have been some pretty ugly pieces. These four pieces started out as boring pieces that bound and overdyed turned into something that I really like.  I think the definate lines of color across the fabric are very interesting.  I dipped half of the previously dyed peice in dye, added soda ash after 10 minutes, the set the other half down and added the other color of dye, followed by soda ash.  I can't wait to do some more!  I have several silk scarves twisted and tied, ready for the next dye day which I think is coming soon, since Nick is headed for Anchorage on Friday, and I can do whatever i want in the house for a few days.  Too bad I have to work!

Friday, September 10, 2010

First Gallery Sale!!

Sea Otters
22" x 42"
Although I have sold many quilts, this is my first sale through a gallery.  My quilts have languished on the walls in a gallery in Anchorage(they sent them back) and at the Artist's Eye, in Kodiak.  I went to see Kerry the other day to show her the silk scarves that I have been dyeing  and she greeted me with the news that my Sea Otter quilt had sold! 


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