Wednesday, June 28, 2017


Like I mentioned previously.....this month's Fiber Junkie gathering was rather a free for all....with lots of technique options to explore. 
 Not only did Val have the eco-dyeing equipment set up, she had a vat of indigo to play with too.  Kate is dipping a piece of paper into the solution.
 You can almost see it turning blue as it comes out!
 Denny was hard at work making deconstructed screens and layering and layering previously printed fabrics.  I am always in awe....
 Super, isn't it?!?
She brought a tree stencil that we all went ga, ga over!!
 Now....full disclosure!  It's human nature to show off only the best of what we create, right?  Well.....I have NO fact I have bad, worse, and worser!
I purposely brought fabrics that failed previous dyeing attempts....whether that be ice-dyeing or other techniques.  Of course I was thinking....hummmm.....I'll layer designs and perhaps end up with great 'Denny' style fabrics.  

Even using Denny fabulous tree stencil (Crafter's Workshop), the results were miserable.
 The stencil was used for both positive and negative images.....pitiful.
 This piece stared out as a blue/white print......later to be ice-dyed, followed by a color removal technique, and now printed with stencils and thickened dyes.  Of course the color choice of the dye was all wrong....there is no hope for this one. I'll give it to Denny for her miracle touch.
I'm not even sure how this piece was originally looked like dirty sand when I started.......and didn't look any better after I played with smearing dyes, using stencils and a polka dot roller.  

Yup...that's it.....I knew each was terrible as soon as I made them......yet I went through the process of batching, washing, drying to be put back in the stack of 'needs more help' fabrics.

Okay....not all days can end up with awesome fabric......but all days with the Fiber Junkies are awesome anyway!!


Kathy said...

It's the social aspect that's important. We all have a pile of failed fabric. As someone famous once said something like, they are only 10,000 things that didn't work on the way to the one that does! And we have fun playing, don't we?

The Inside Stori said...

I totally agree Kathy!!

Nancy said...

It is befuddling to continue on with a piece that only seems to get worse! You keep thinking the next step just might rescue it. Happily the pieces that work more than make up for it. It's like golf- just enough success to keep you coming back!

Jo Vandermey said...

I agree with Kathy as well! Somehow the experiments that fail don't seem as dire when you are working in a community!

And the old saying one mans junk is another mans treasure also comes to mind.

The Inside Stori said...

Honestly......there are never disappointments when I'm with the Fiber Junkies!!

Windy Hill Happenings said...

A cute synopsis of our meeting but my "bads" can beat our your "bads" anyday!

The Inside Stori said...

Since this was the 3rd attempt for some of my bads .......I say - give them to Denny!!

Anonymous said...

The last one isn't so awful. I think there's still life left in that one. It's the fun of experimenting that's important.

The Inside Stori said...

Yes I agree....the last one isn't 'so' awful.....but it's awful that I have to consider it 'not so awful'......I assume you all out there are shaking your head in agreement.'s honestly no big was a fun day, some of the pieces had been now reworked 3 times......and it surely isn't the end of the world. Like I said......let's see what magic Denny can do with them!!!