Saturday, August 29, 2009

The Ancient Art of Batik

I studied the ancient art of Batik this summer quarter through TESC. It is an art that uses cotton fabric, decorated with melted bee & paraffin wax, and then is dipped into a dye bath or is painted with dye. Here is a cute children's picture that I created using this method.

NOTE: If you decide to try this, use only paraffin wax, and a Procyon cold water activated dye, and 100% cotton, and a canting tool. I tried RIT dye, bees wax/paraffin wax, and boiling to remove the wax. My work was ruined.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Sarah's Queen Sized Quilt

It's a good thing that I give myself 6 - 8 weeks to complete a large project, because I certainly needed it this time around. Life happens and when it does, you need to put the quilting on hold. I am however almost finished with the top, and it has taken about 6 weeks so far, due to a vacation out of state, minor surgery, a cold, and other issues.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Saki, My Student From Japan

Saki is my 4th exchange student. She came over from Japan and will be here studying Business for the next 6 weeks.

Since she expressed an interest in wanting to learn how to quilt, I decided to go ahead and teach her. She was a quick study and she fell in love with the art instantly. Saki picked all of the fabrics herself and she ended up making this beautiful quilted pillow in just 3 days.

Saki has already bought herself some quilting tools to take home to Japan so that she can continue quilting.

I LOVED having my first real quilting student.