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Mariana Foliart was in my booth at Quilt Fest in October 2104.  She was admiring my hand marbled fabrics and all of a sudden she looked at me and said something to the effect of “I’ve got it, I know just what to do”.  I asked “Got what?”  She said, “You will see”.

In May 2015 during a wonderful visit to the La Conner Quilt & Textile Museum with my sister, we found Diamond String Quilt.  The original (on left) was created in 1890 it’s maker is unknown.  Marianna was so taken with she decided to make and updated version.  The original quilt was made using silk, due to age and the chemical processes use on silk during the period (1880 – 1890) the black silk varies in color.  I was so excited to see that mariana had used my hand dyed marbled fabrics to create that vintage look.



A Job well done.

Marbling Begins

I have been busy dying fabric to marble.  I have two large piles of fabric dyed, thought I had best get started on the marbling part.  Here is a glimpse into the marbling process.  River Rocks – this is how the marbling base looks after I drop the paints onto the surface.  The paint expands and I can drop the fabric at this stage or carry on.River_Rocks


The first step in moving the paint and creating a design is always Gel-Git which means back and forth.  It is the foundation for most marbling designs.


Followed by Cascade.  I use a selection of custom made rakes and combs, different widths 1/4″  to 3″ gaps.


I can go several ways at this point, this piece turned into Dragon Wing.  This is one of my original designs and the name is because everyone sees some sort of wing it the design.



The first three days of color are Cerulean, Purple and Teal.  The colors are always darker when the are wet.  Some colors are opaque, others are transparent, that may call for adjusting and fiddling with the colors a bit.  I also have started using a clear Iridescent paint, because it is clear it allows the  hand dyed fabric color to shine thru for more drama.



Room for twenty pieces per day.




They get to drip dry over night, followed by a two week rest to cure.7_Teal

Cerulean Marbled in Freestyle Design is my current Featured Fabric. I’m not sure why but I have become obsessed with Cerulean. When I hear the saying “once in a blue moon”, I am convinced that it is a Cerulean Moon. The next one will be July 31, 2015.


2016_LupineLupine in full bloom with more on the way.
More_ComingReaching for the sun in the early morning.  And many more blooms on the way.
SmileMy lupine always bring a smile to my face.  They also make the bee population very happy.
MollyMiss Molly my ever faithful companion, finally got her to sit still for a photo.

Chartreuse_Dragon_WingsSpring is officially here.  I do not go by the official calendar, first day of Spring and all of that.  I go by when I get buzzed by the first hummingbird that thinks my red scarf is a flower/feeder.  That was yesterday, the scarf now goes into storage until next Fall.  Chartreuse in Dragon Wings Design is the herald of Spring and our new Featured Fabric.  The fresh new leaf green, with all of the wonderful colors to follow very soon.

Marbled_Moonlight_StonesHand Marbled Moonlight in River Rocks or Stones Design.  This is how the paint looks when it first goes onto the marbling base, before anything is done.  It is a very old marbling design and one of my favorites.  I have been walking in the moonlight with Miss Molly (my dog).


Paintstik Playdate

Paintstik Playdate

The thought behind this class is to get you addicted to using paintstiks and stencils.  You will learn a variety of simple techniques using different types of stencils, paintstiks and brushes on fabrics.    We will discuss the care and use of Paintstiks. Explore the differences between Matte and Iridescent Paintstiks.  Discover how helpful primers and blenders can be.  We are going to get out our paintstiks to experiment, play and create.

Please wear clothing you don’t mind getting paint on.

Supply List
Paintstiks – a minimum of 3 colors
Brushes – a minimum of 3 brushes, I recommend 2 Paintstik brushes (short stubby) and 1 Stencil brushes (a bit longer and softer).
Stencils – one minimum
Fabric – Minimum of 8 pieces, no smaller than 14” x 14”.  Please pre-wash using a non-detergent soap (I use Synthrapol).   Cotton – darks and lights, with a pattern or without.  Optional Fabrics – Silk, Silk/Cotton, Rayon, Wool, Velvet (low nap is better).   Must be able to heat set all fabrics.
Paper Towels
Blue Painters Tape
Kitchen Parchment Paper
Sharp knife or potato peeler
Sticky Notes
Citra-Solve or Brush Soap

Optional Supplies
Grip-n- Grip
Permanently Repositionable Spray (404)
Handy Wipes
Old Towel

I have been getting questions about Synthrapol & Synthrapol Low Foam.  Here is how I use it:

Synthrapol & Synthrapol Low Foam
Synthrapol is a liquid detergent used in pre-scouring fibers before dying and in washing out fibers reactive dyes after dying.  Synthrapol should only be used in top loading washing machines.  For Front Load washing machines you will need Synthrapol Low Foam only.

Here is the recipe for that I use for the PFD Fabric that I sell.  It is based on ½ teaspoon Soda Ash and ½ teaspoon Synthrapol per pound of fabric.  The amount will vary depending on the type and weight of the fabric.  Wash your fabric on the HOT cycle Minimum temperature of 140 Degree F (60 degree C).   I always pre-scour my fabric before dying.

Yards of Fabric Synthrapol Soda Ash
2 ½ to 3 ½ t. ½ t.
5 to 6 1 t. 1 t.
7.5 to 9 1 ½ t. 1 ½ t.
10 to 12 2 t. 2 t.
12.5 to 15 2 ½ t. 2 ½ t.
15 to 18 1 T. 1 T.
17.5 to 21 1 T. + ½ t. 1 T. + ½ t.
20 to 24 1 T + 1 t. 1 T. + 1t.

I never use over 2 Tablespoons of Synthrapol Low Foam in my Front Loading washing machine.

Final Wash
Based on ¼ t. of Synthrapol per Yard of my PFD fabric.  Wash your fabric on the HOT cycle Minimum temperature of 140 Degree F (60 degree C).

Yards of Fabric Synthrapol
1 Yard ¼ t.
2 Yards ½ t.
3 Yards ¾ t.
4 Yards 1 t.
5 Yards 1 ¼ t.
6 Yards 1 ½ t.
7 Yards 1 ¾ t.
8 Yards 2 t.
9 Yards 2 ¼ t.
10 Yards 2 ½ t.
11  Yards 2 ¾ t.
12 Yards 1 T.
13 Yards 1 T. + ¼ t.
14 Yards 1 T. + ½ t.
15 Yards 1 T +  ¾ t.
16 Yards 1T + 1 t.
17 Yards 1 T + 1 ¼ t.
18 Yards 1 T + 1 ½ t.
19 Yards 1 T + 1 ¾ t.
20 Yards 1 T + 2 t.
21 Yards 1 T + 2 ¼ t.
22 Yards 1 T + 2 ½ t.
23 Yards 1 T + 2 ¾ t.
24 Yards 2 T.

I never use over 2 Tablespoons of Synthrapol Low Foam in my Front Loading washing machine.

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