I've been giving classes in dyeing at the local arts organization.
Check my class schedule by clicking
Classes in the menu above.
One of my Sphere quilts graces the cover of the strategic plan of the
West Virginia Division of Culture of History ARTS SECTION. See the
cover and table of contents (with my credit)
here. This is a pdf,
give it a few seconds to load.
large quilt at the far wall is one of my entries into the
Piedmont Arts - The Art of the Quilt 10th anniversary
celebration. Click on the image for more info.
Hand dyed fabrics
My new studio is complete and I am feverishly designing fabrics.
I'm a weaver and a quilter, my true love is color. With all the
facilities of my new studio I can now produce beautiful hand made
fabrics in quantities large enough to sell to others. But even if you
can't find something you like in my large selection I can help you
create a special fabric for your project.
All of my fabrics are 100% pre-washed cotton and are sold in 3 yard
folds. Remember, each fold is one of a kind. If you need more than 3
yards be sure to order it all at one time so it will match. Though I can
attempt to reproduce more of a certain pattern at a later time, it's
best to purchase all you may need from one design at the same time.
Rather do it yourself? Decorating a home with fabric has dramatically
increased over the past few years, you “do it yourselfer’s” know what I
talking about. Just imagine creating the fabric for your guest room
curtains. Or creating coordinating fabrics for your bed skirt, shams and
lamp shades. The possibilities are endless!
You can spend a day, one on one, in my studio creating the perfect
pieces for your quilt, curtains, pillows, tablecloth, etc. No experience
necessary, just a love of fabric and color. I will walk you through the
art of silk screening as well as fabric dying and printing. You will
leave with the necessary yardage for your particular needs. I am
available during the week and during select weekends throughout the year
and will gladly discuss your plans and detail a day around your needs.
This is what my clothesline often looks like.
I also make quilted wall hangings from my own custom dyed fabrics.
This photo is from
the 2012 New Hampshire League of Craftsmen show at Sunapee.
This series is called "Spheres". Every wall hanging is different. You
can see more of them on by clicking on Quilts then Sphere Quilts on the
I dye the cotton fabric, piece the block, then do a vat dye discharge
process on it to put the dots and circles on the arcs. I then steam
them, rinse and dry. Gorilla ironing works really well about now to get
the block to lay flat! I then put the individual pieces up on the design
wall and rearrange them til I like the look.
I'm trying to get the eye to travel around the spheres and engage the
mind in the detail. The blocks are then put together with wedges put in
to space the blocks and make them fit. Then on to the big machine and
the detail quilting begins. I use the thread as you would a pencil and
draw with the machine to fill in the background and outline the images.
Sometimes the quilting is recessive and other times it comes to the
forefront of the quilt. Finally, I head out to the studio and start the
finishing process by putting a facing on the sides and cutting and
turning the corners of the uneven edges hand sewing them down and
putting on a hanging pocket for display.
The small one that I'm holding was created by seeing the dark blocks
under the lighter ones on the design wall and liking the idea that it
looked like something is hiding behind the front piece. I found it
Here's a little bit about me working in my studio.