What is Hand Marbled Fabric?

Marbling is an ancient offset printing process. Simply put, Paint floats on a thickened liquid base. The design is created using a variety of rakes and combs.  The paint will transferred onto the fabric when it is gently placed on to of the marbling base.

How do I make Marbled Fabric?

I start with 100% Cotton PFD (Prepared for Dying) Fabric.  I first Hand Dye the fabric to get the color I selected to create.  My Hand Dyed Fabric is cut to the desired size for marbling, soaked in an alum solution and allowed to air dry.

A thin layer of paint is floated on the marbling base.  I like to use a selection of six different colors. I find myself fiddling with the color combination until my heart sings.

A variety of Rakes and Combs are used to create the design.  I currently create four designs Waved Icarus, Dragonwing, Freestyle and Stones.  The Hand Dyed Fabric is gently lowered onto the floated paint and then carefully removed. 

It is gently rinsed in cold water and allowed to hang dry.   

Once Dry the Marbled Fabric is left to cure for fourteen days.  Then Washed, dried, ironed and is ready to use in your latest creation.

You can always find my Hand Marbled Fabric on my website www.marbled-arts.com

How long does it take to make Marbled Fabric?

Starting with PFD Fabric to luscious Hand Marbled Fabric, the entire process takes a minimum of eighteen days.

Do I need to pre-wash fabrics from Marbled Arts?

Our dying process guarantees that your fabric is pre-shrunk and washable.  We always recommend that you rinse any fabric in warm water until it runs clear, before you include it in a project.  Why take chances?

How do I care for my Marbled Arts Fabric?

We Recommend cold water, gentle, delicate or hand wash cycle using non-detergent soap (Synthrapol, Dr. Bronner’s or Orvis Past Soap).  Our fabrics may be dried in your home dryer on a medium setting and then ironed on the cotton setting.

Bristol Bay Face Gaiter

Creating Bristol Bay Face Gaiter

You may not know that my husband is a Commercial Fisher in Bristol Bay Alaska. The need arose for an easy on, easy off Face Covering that was even easier to keep track of. We started throwing around some ideas, drawing pictures and I started sewing. Must Not have strings (ties) attached in the truest sense. Our solution was creating the Bristol Bay Face Gaiter. We hope to keep all of our favorite Fisher Folk safe.

First version of Bristol Bay Face Gaiter

Why not a regular Face Mask?

When working around equipment that moves, safety is key. That means no ties, that could potentially get caught in the moving parts. When not covering your face the Face Mask cannot be able to fly away or drop into the fish hold. Don’t want to have to spend time chasing it or looking for it. Thus the Bristol Bay Neck Gaiter was created.

Male wearing Bristol Bay Face Gairer

Features

Tightly woven 100% Cotton Batik Fabric, Two Layers. One layer of Sheer Weight Interfacing. Very easy on/up and off/down. Placing the Face Gaiter under your ears provides a tighter fit around your nose.

Face Gaiter in the down/off position.

For all of those Wookies with lots of hair, we have you covered. Lots of room for all that hair. Pull it up when you pull up to a tender, deliver fish, depart pull it down and get to work.

Back view

If you look closely I have place a large paper clip on the elastic so it can be tightened up if you want a snugger fit. Everything has been preshrunk. Much easier to tighten and make smaller, then to make larger.

side view

The over all size of opening on these are 24 inches. I can easily make them larger or smaller.

Finished product

You can contact me directly or find the Bristol Bay Face Gaiter at my Etsy Shop.

Mad Mad Mask Making Maven

Mad Mad Mask Making Maven

On March 6, 2020 my first Quilt Show was canceled and with it about 99.9% of my income. Don’t get me wrong I totally support the decision to close WA State down to flatten the curve and save lives. But as a self-employed person 99.9% is a huge hit. So I started making Face Masks. I could not find a pattern that I really loved. That lead to designing my own. My family now refers to me as the Mad Mad Mask Making Maven.

Side View of Women wearing Face Mask.
Front view of Women Wearing Face Mask

Etsy.com Here We Come

I have always wanted to try selling on Etsy.com. It is a totally different market than selling at Quilt Shows & Sew Expo. It all started with adding my Hand Dyed Bamboo Socks to Etsy. Etsy has recently changed some it’s policies, so finding the current info was a challenge. I made several Face Masks and gave it a try.

Side View of Man wearing Face Mask.
Front View of Man Wearing Face Mask.

Success For the Mad Mad Mask Making Maven

I am happy to say I have actually sold quite a number of my Face Masks. My motto has always been “When Life Gives you Lemons, Make Lemonade and Carry On”. And if you are interested in purchasing my Face Mask you can find me on Etsy.

Thank You to Bob for being my Model.

I thought I should also add photos from some of the folks that have purchased my Face Masks. Everyone it a little different, so how they wear their Face mask might be a little different.

Male wearing face mask.
male wearing Face mask

Blue Green Circles Top

My most recent project is a fun swingy pullover top.  Yes, I have the pattern on my website.  I started with PFD White Cotton fabric and a Tone on Tone White Cotton Fabric.

Hand Dyed everything Blue Green.  I love the variety of hand dying the cotton fabric, it turns Tone on Tone into something really fun and unique.

Finished top, yippie, had the right light for a good photo.

Back, fun to wear and fits nicely.  The pattern was easy to make.

Now, for a behind the scenes look.  This is my favorite place to take photos of samples.  Braving the snow was easy after digging out my gaiters.

Beautiful if you are working from home.

It’s That Time Again

Yes, it is snow dying time again.  We ended up with a couple of inches and that means it is time to snow dye.  I love watching the snow melt and the colors happen.  The above pile of snow received a rainbow of dye colors.

Greens, Blues, and Yellows, I think.  Once they start to melt it can be a challenge to figure out what colors I used.
Ever wondered how Over Dying happens?  I elevate my drip trays about 1 to 1 1/2 inches, using scrap lumber.  I should note that everything gets dye on it, so the scrap lumber now stays in my studio.  Melted snow changes and varies in color, surprises happen.
Fire – Red, Orange, and Yellows are ready for their rinse.
Earthtones ready for their rinse. Grass, twigs or gravel do not affect the color.
Snow Dyed Orange Rainbow
Over Dyed Kingdom Idd
Snow Dyed Purple Fan
You can see more Snow Dyed and Over Dyed pieces on my website.