Monday, March 31, 2008

Studio Clean Up

I'll try to post pictures later this afternoon of my wet studio, I started cleaning it yesterday - and unpacking my stuff from the other place. It's slowly coming together, and involving a LOT of rearranging of everthing, but I have faith that eventually it'll be a real working studio again.

The problem with having BOTH a design studio, the place where I do all of my stitching etc., and a wet studio, the place where I do all of my dyeing and painting of fabrics, fibers, and papers is that they are seperated by a floor in between the two - and my knees don't like stairs anymore!

More later from the land of chaos and dust bunnies.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Ghost Trees Set - Collage Mania

The top photo is taken on a white background bottom photo on my green cutting matt.

I will try to take a better picture later without the hot spot ;-)


http://www.virginiaspiegel.com/NewFiles/ACS/FAQ.html

FFAC Collage Mania Pieces

Ghost Tree #6
Ghost Tree #5
Ghost Tree #4
Ghost Tree #3
Ghost Tree #2
Ghost Tree #1
Materials: Found Paper, Ink, Paintstiks, Fabric Paint, Timtex, Wool Felt, Metallic Thread, Cotton Thread, Wool Yarn, Compost Dyed Silk Organza Net (Behind the center panel)
Size: each piece measures approx 8 1/8 x 5 3/8 inches

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Wild Poppies

I needlefelted degummed silk waste onto a base of white wool roving, tis over a piece of shiny white organza fabric. The black lines were created by needlefelting heavy black pearl cotton onto the fabric. this would probably look better photographed against a dark background, instead of my white table.

Needle Felting


I haven't decided where to take this piece, it is a combination of wool and degummed silk waste. The shiny areas are bits of angelina fiber that was carded into the wool batt.

Degummed Silk Waste

I just loaded a bunch of these beauties to my store: http://www.prairiefibers.etsy.com/ The degummed was is most excellent for needlefelting and for using as doll hair - wild dolls hair!

Flickr Photos

I've been updating my albums http://www.flickr.com/photos/kbaxterpackwood/

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Coral Reef Series

Top pic is of the fabric before I started applying shiva paintstiks - I"m no where near being done with the surface of this piece, and then it needs to be stitched!!! My shiva iridescent blender is NOT cooperating, time to dig out a new one. Everytime I went to draw a line on the fabric it wouldn't lay down color, if I pressed harder it just started flaking apart not fun at all, I've had this blender for about four years now so that could be a part of the problem.

I've never been to a coral reef, just seen them in photos etc., so no where near being close to the real thing. I have 4 maybe 5 pieces of fabric that ended up looking like coral, well ot me anyway, so this is the nature of my newest series of art quilts.

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Studio Time


Well first I need to clean my space and have a spot to sit first!

Friday, March 14, 2008

Silk throwster's waste

I uploaded a tutorial to http://www.kbaxterpackwood.blogspot.com/ on how to make silk paper with throwster's waste. I also put some throwster's waste up for sale in my etsy.com store.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Love Lies Bleeding


These fat eights are available in my shop http://www.prairiefibers.etsy.com/ the fabric is hand painted silk dupioni.

New Goodies


Seems you guys really like these little beauties so I added more Prairie Colours Natural Dyed Yarn Bundles to my etsy.com store! I also posted more silk carrier rods in hot spring colors. I'll be adding more of the silk fabric bundles tomorrow.

Monday, March 10, 2008

Whtat my name means

It would appear that someone has been looking over my shoulder!




What Kimberly Means



You are a seeker of knowledge, and you have learned many things in your life.

You are also a keeper of knowledge - meaning you don't spill secrets or spread gossip.

People sometimes think you're snobby or aloof, but you're just too deep in thought to pay attention to them.



You tend to be pretty tightly wound. It's easy to get you excited... which can be a good or bad thing.

You have a lot of enthusiasm, but it fades rather quickly. You don't stick with any one thing for very long.

You have the drive to accomplish a lot in a short amount of time. Your biggest problem is making sure you finish the projects you start.



You are confident, self assured, and capable. You are not easily intimidated.

You master any and all skills easily. You don't have to work hard for what you want.

You make your life out to be exactly how you want it. And you'll knock down anyone who gets in your way!



You are full of energy. You are spirited and boisterous.

You are bold and daring. You are willing to do some pretty outrageous things.

Your high energy sometimes gets you in trouble. You can have a pretty bad temper at times.



You are friendly, charming, and warm. You get along with almost everyone.

You work hard not to rock the boat. Your easy going attitude brings people together.

At times, you can be a little flaky and irresponsible. But for the important things, you pull it together.



You are wild, crazy, and a huge rebel. You're always up to something.

You have a ton of energy, and most people can't handle you. You're very intense.

You definitely are a handful, and you're likely to get in trouble. But your kind of trouble is a lot of fun.



You are relaxed, chill, and very likely to go with the flow.

You are light hearted and accepting. You don't get worked up easily.

Well adjusted and incredibly happy, many people wonder what your secret to life is.



You are a free spirit, and you resent anyone who tries to fence you in.

You are unpredictable, adventurous, and always a little surprising.

You may miss out by not settling down, but you're too busy having fun to care.

Dream World

Whilest I wait upon my other fabrics to finish dyeing, for Malus sylvestris, I've been busily pressing some of my compost dyed fabrics - many of which are now being listed in my prairiefibers.etsy.com store. Then I found this piece tonight, it looks all dreamy and stormy.
This piece is definately calling out to me, I see large thunderstorm clouds, the screen printed lace bit thrown is leads one to think all sorts of things - having survived one F5 and one F3 twister in my short life I'm sure you can imagine the sorts of things I'm imagining!

Compost Dyed Fabrics


I listed several pieces of my compost dyed fabrics to my etsy.com store, I'll post some rust dyed pieces tomorrow, today is our 7th year anniversary, so I'm off to spend some well deserved time with my hubby!


Goodies

I've been uploading some new natural dyed goodies to my etsy.com store today, they are very lovely! I have more than I can use at the present and am dyeing more - spring has sprung at the Prairie Fibers Studios! Btw I didn't use the plants listed to acquire the colors, as many of these plants are threatened or endangered. Rather I make my colorways based upon my favorite prairie plants!

Sunday, March 09, 2008

Auditioning Fabrics













I've been auditioning fabrics again, for an art quilt project. I compost dyed these cotton fabrics about five or more years ago now and still have no other fabrics to go with them. I've been natural dyeing both silks and cotton fabrics to coordinate, no such luck. Each piece is about 20 - 24 inches square, it might be another five years before I find something to go with these pieces.

Photograph This


Good Luck photographing the whirling dirbish!!! Btw this is my tri-colored sheltie better known as Angel. Every time I start the camera she bolts or starts twirling in circles. The spots on the floor were created by Angel and I understand that they took quite a bit of talent to make - NOT.

The baby


A baby fur ball anyway!

Quebracho samples

Here is a photo of the quebracho dyed silk pieces, the wool and the cotton didn't take the dye very well - or at all in my opinion! Anyway, the colors are very nice, not what I expected at all. Silk Dupioni fabric and Raw Silk Muga yarn are the samples here using Q. Red and Q. Black in seperate vats. Maybe I should combine the two vats for a third color - who knows maybe I'll finally get the color I've been striving for~!

Friday, March 07, 2008

Forest Floor

Well it's been washed and dried and now I'm thinking about putting this piece of fabric into the indigo vat, it's in serious need of some depth that only dyeing will provide at this point. I may compost dye it afterwards. So since I think this one has to wonder why I have yet to put it into the vat right??? Because even I have my doubts.

Quebracho 3 hours later

quebracho red on silk three hours later
quebracho black on silk three hours later

Couldn't Pass Up

This was one of those accidents that was too fun to pass up, too bad I'm not able to find them now in the pile of fabric clippings! The fabric is cotton and was dyed with cochineal - a natural dye. I'm thinking an abstract self portrait may be in store with these beauties!!!

Bright Fabrics




Well I painted these rust dyed fabrics the other day, you can see them while they are still wet several posts ago, and while DH loved the colors we'll just say I didn't. Anyway, I took some shiva paintsticks to the smaller peice of fabric and I like it much better, now to push the surface even further.

Quebracho and Posts

Indigo Vat, this vat lives in this plastic bucket year round, it has been in this bucket for about five years now and has quite a bit of sediment on the bottom of the vat.

Quebracho Red - a tree dye that is high in tannin

Quebracho Black - comes from the same tree as quebracho red!
I'm having problems with posting today, not sure if it's a blogger issue or not. Here's some pics of quebracho black and red, about five minutes after I put the silk fabrics into the pots. Tomorrow the colors will be much much deeper. I'm off now to start an osage orange pot, I'm behind in my green challenge piece for the Natural Surfaces Challenge, and I have a LOVELY indigo vat I don't want going to waste~!

Malus sylvestris

Indigo Dye Raw Muga Silk Yarn
Indigo dye scrim etc.
Raw Muga Silk Yarn
Scrim, cheesecloth, etc.
I just love that name Malus sylvestris! It's so close to malice, it makes me think of trees could have malice, well it kinda leads one's mind to old children's fairey tales of walking in the woods and tree limbs suddenly reaching down and grabbing frightened unsuspecting children! It also makes me think of little trolls hiding around every corner.

Anyway, as per Nan's suggestion I've been dyeing parts for my quilt with natural dyes, indigo, quebracho black, and quebracho red onto cheese cloth, scrim, raw silk muga yarns, wool yarns, and more. The scrim came dyed a drab color, I picked it up at Hancock's years ago and have no idea where to purchase more. The cheesecloth I found in my stash of fabrics.

Thursday, March 06, 2008

Texture




I bought these copper sequins on clearance for an incredible price! They look pretty cool in this tub. They also match the teal blue and copper yarn on the right.

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Surfacing Again


Here's a shot of the fabric before I cut it into two pieces and then applied more paint, and now you know why I thought it needed more paint - there was just too much white space as it were.
In the larger view you can see a few dragon flies, these were created using a stamp and the same quebracho black natural dye extract.

Surfacing Again


Hmmm well one could take that to mean several things! Actually I've been surfacing fabrics. Here's a piece, well two pieces, that I rust dyed last week, and now I've cut the fabric into two pieces and am working on different colorways. They both need more rusting, there's also some bits of natural dyed coloring on the fabric surfaces - applied with stamps - mostly quebracho black I believe. I started with natural muslin 7878 dyers cloth as my base. The top fabric has a gekko shape that was created using a stamp that had been dipped in quebracho black with a binder (gum tragacanth)