Friday, November 27, 2015


My friend Michael is moving to Texas to be closer to his family.  I am so so sad to see him go.  He is a major force in the quilting and fiber arts world in the south.  His work is incredibly beautiful and creative.  As an accomplished teacher, he has shared his knowledge with so many of us.  

I have learned so much from just talking with him in a meeting or at a show.  He has given me advice and  praise for my own work as well.  

He is just a really nice guy and a great artist!  I will miss him but I know he has to be with his family.

My Contemporary Fiber Arts of Louisiana (CFAL) group is doing something for him that involves leaves.  So tonight I made this one to include in the project.  

I am so happy with it.  I can't wait to see what some of the other Fiber Artists do.  

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Ice Dyeing Result

Nice!  I love all the little nuances of color and dye flow.  Some of the areas look like feathers!

The two teal pieces are some dupioni silk I had dyed teal in a previous incarnation.  I can also predict that it will have to be over dyed in the future.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Snow Dyeing

In Louisiana?

Well, how about this.  Ice Dyeing.

Here is what I did.

 This was 1 cent (yes as in a penny) at the Dollar store.  I knew it was perfect for letting the water drip through to the grass as the ice melted.  They dyes don't hurt the grass. Or mine would have died a long time ago.
 The reason I did an ice dye in the first place was because the ice maker was refusing to disseminate ice.  As you can see it is quite frozen in what seems to be an ice jam. 

It needed to be bested. 

And taught a lesson.

So here is my set up.  The tray first.  Then the fabric all bunched up after being soaked with soda for about 20 minutes.    then the ice.  then the dye powder.

Use a mask and gloves, or you will die and turn read.

I actually used a blue and a red Procion fiber reactive dye.

Here is a close up.....for some reason.  Here is is mid-November and we still have nice green grass. 

I batched the fabric in a zip lock bag for about 24 hours.  It is now washing in the washing machine.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Agility with Swissys

this is my friend Melissa Jarriel and Her boy Hobbs on the Agility Course in Concord, I would assume in the Carolinas.  That is where they live. 

Melissa had my Bonnie Doon's brother Keygan many years ago when all was perfect in the Swissy world and had 3 of them.  Keygan was the top Swissy in so many things, obedience, conformation, agility, drafting, herding, pack dog.

They were a beautiful team.  Now Hobbs has taken over many of Keygan's wins. 

Ah, if I were younger.........

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Throat is better, still no work done.....

now my sciatica is is so, uh, yeah just ... so....

I am going to work on some hexies, and some zentangles.  But not on the sofa, that is what makes my back hurt. 

Maybe I will get a new sofa for Christmas.......

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Getting Nothing Done

Yes, getting nothing done today.  I have a sore throat.  So I got an appointment, a shot and some decongestants.

And it is fixing to rain buckets.  We have all sorts of flood watches getting ready to go on.

Not what I wanted now.  But I think I will sleep the day away watching Dr. Phil. I will  be ready with all my psychological advice later, after a marathon run with him I can treat anyone!


Monday, November 16, 2015

Here's Something You May Not Know.......

I was shocked to hear this.  Hundreds of Syrian Refugees arrived in New Orleans on Saturday.

Thank you Mr. President!  We hope they were totally and completely vetted before they came to  enjoy the freedom to travel to any city in the country and make their lives better.

I hope they will not do to us what the refugees who came in from Syria did to France.

Just sayin'

OK, I am off my soapbox.