Hard to believe in this mess, I couldn’t find a suitable beach bag (I guess there was no room in my luggage for such things when I was packing to move across the Atlantic). Solution? Make one.
Luckily I had this fabric that screamed “take me to the beach” (the bright colors made it easy to spot when we were cooling off in the Mediterranean Sea). I literally whipped this together the night before heading to beach. It’s the same idea as the shopping bag I made but bigger with a pocket and a button to help keep the sand out and sunscreen and magazines in. Perfect!!
Remember Carol Soderlund’s “dyeing to discharge” class that I went to a couple of weeks ago? You must be “dyeing” to learn more! We took color out, put color in, then took more out, then maybe put more in. We worked 9 -10 hours a day. As I learned how to add depth and interest to my humble cotton cloth my classmates were creating many beautiful pieces in cotton, rayon, silk & even silk/cotton blend. Gradually complex cloth began to come to life in our hands.
Further work included experimenting with thickened bleach solution and thickened thiox (not shown here I was way too engrossed in my work to remember to take photos) using theromfax screens, paint brushes, rollers & rubber stamps.
A gallery of results will be shown in my next post. So stay tuned!
Quick & easy to make, this is the perfect reusable shopping bag. You can adjust the size according to your shopping needs! I used 100% cotton material which means it can be thrown in the washing machine whenever necessary. This bag will also fold up to fit in your pocket (love this about a bag as I often go to the grocery store on the way home from work and HATE carrying plastic bags for any distance).
While most people are headed to the beach, or out or even chasing butterflies in the backyard, this summer I’m spending 5 days in a classroom experimenting with dye and discharge agents! Yay! The instructor is well known fiber artist and author Carol Soderland. It promises to be an interesting (and fun) week.
Our first attempts at dye discharge
And about that respirator… while the dye process is fairly safe, the chemicals used for discharge are rather nasty. The respirator is a wise choice when you have your head hanging over a pail of bleach mixture. Carol spends a lot of time in class discussing hazards and proper safety precautions for this kind of work. I appreciate her cautious approach.
Here are some photos that my husband took on his iPhone. The Bruins are actually arriving in the photo taken through the gate. (I am someplace else finishing a nice bowl of oatmeal with fresh berries.) Not only were people wearing all their Bruins gear, they also brought along their homemade Stanley Cup replicas. Sorry, I just don’t get it.
All our trips these days seem to require a sewing related component. Fortunately I have an understanding husband (after he deserted me at breakfast to go see the Bruins bus arrive how could he say no?)
Because it was conveniently on our way to Cloudforce of course we had to stop at Windsor Button. Both the Park Street and Downtown Crossing T-stops will bring you within a block of the store. Ah, this is the way notion shops used to look. If you need a special button or fastening and are in the neighborhood Windsor Button is worth a look.
Even after all the distractions I was there on time for registration at 11:30 am, ready & waiting for the 12:30 keynote speaker, Marc Benioff, Salesforce.com Chairman, CEO & cloud computing visionary. His 2-hour presentation on Salesforce.com & social enterprise just flew by – I never even thought about sewing for one minute of it!