Saturday, December 29, 2012


Am working on my 2013 goals, finishing Bjorkboda is high on the list for the coming year.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Saturday, December 22, 2012

The New Book and an eBook Sale!!!

The cat is out of the bag and yes I really am working on a new Natural Dyeing eBook!  I've been asked what to expect, well I won't say what the topic is exactly there will be, however, plenty of bells and whistles for those of you using smart tablets!  Interactive video, apps, and the like, see I've been a busy gal the past few months and I've got to say it's very hard keeping what I've been doing secret!!!

I'm hoping the big reveal will be sometime around Valentines Day 2013 so until then here's a Christmas Holiday sale for my existing eBooks!

All eBooks $3.99
Click here for the eBooks!

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Clay Paper Fiber Show!!!

Hoodoos No.2 - Accepted!!! So love it when the phat email arrives announcing my work has been accepted into a juried show!

Friday, November 30, 2012

Pumpkin Mess

The pumpkin developed a leak, and this is why I put rosin paper down under live still lifes.  I also have a flannel backed plastic table cloth on top of the hardwood table this still life resides on.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Cork Stamps

Making good use of the modern version of a wine cork and am carving them into stamps.  They hold up quite well to the carving and to the stamping.

The stamps are a little on the "organic" side which makes them deliciously mine!

Thursday, November 08, 2012

A Little Paint

A little fabric paint on natural dyed cotton and silk fabrics, now to add more paint.

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

WIP - Hands and Sandstone Cliffs

I was starting to think I had made a mistake adding the vertical lines to this piece, that there's no way they could occur naturally on cliffs, after all most color deliniation lines we see are horizontal in the forms of layers right?  Wrong.  My gut instinct was correct the proof came when I was browsing through some photos of the local limestone cliffs.

I was greatly encouraged when I came across this batch of photos this evening.  So in addition to working on the computer tomorrow, I'll be pushing this hands piece even further.


Time to make some encrusted fabrics as well, this is a section of the same sandstone cliffs in the above photos.

Ledges State Park, Boone, Iowa.

Sunday, November 04, 2012

Compost Dyeing eBook - Kindle Version

If you bought the Kindle Version of Compost Dyeing and Other Fermentation Dyeing Techniques, and it's a screwed up mess, email me at and I will send you the corrected version of the book!

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Linen Thread

50/3 weight linen thread, am going to love stitching with these beauties! These came from Wm. Booth Draper.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Lost Thread

It's in that small plastic tub, up there at the very top you know next to the ceiling of course!

Practice Piece

And now with some hand stitching and fabric paint added to the surface, will add more paint and then some more hand and machine stitching later this evening.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Practice No. 2

Well since I lost my orginal practice piece I whipped up another one this evening. 
Cochineal dyed cotton fabric, machine stitched, wool quilt batting, aurifil threads.

I couched down more sisal to pratice some stitches with, this "x" shape I bobbin stitched using aurifil wool thread.  Above view is the back side of the sample that was facing upwards when stitching. 

Top side after bobbin stitching, the aurifil wool thread doesn't like to feed through the top on my 6500S so I bobbin stitch with it instead.

I've couched down more sisal since this shot was taken, now I will experiment with hand stitching over the sisal and then machine stitching over the hand stitching to see which effect I prefer.  This all in anticipation of finishing Bjorkboda.

Encrusting Fabric

The round spots were created using marshmallows and puff medium. Fabric Paints, inks, and marshmallows on cotton fabric (left) and silk organza (right).

Well I seem to have misplaced one of my practice samples, to try a technique on, so in the process of looking for that piece I found this duo from 2007. 

Thursday, October 25, 2012

WIP - More Hands

From this, white fabric paint on cutch dyed cotton fabric...

Red nom, nom, nom,

To this...

And this...

For this...

Now that the first layer is done it's time to push the surface even further.