Monday, February 20, 2017

Variety of Techniques - Week 8 (mystery revealed)

Wow! Several of you got this one! Great job!

Yes, it is shibori painted hand-dyed fabric.

For those of you who might not know how to do that, here is a quick description.

Take fabric ( in this case a hand-dyed fabric but depending on what look you are going for, even commercial fabrics will work.)  Tape it to a round object. I have several sizes of PVC pipe for shibori. This is done on the largest circumferencce one.

Wrap the fabric with twine.  The space between the twine on the pole can vary...again according to the look you want.  For the water fabric I space the twine a bit farther apart.

Then scrunch the fabric together toward the end of the pipe. Just slide it down...being very careful NOT to slide it all the way off!  Been there...done that....very frustrating!  LOL!!
When it is scrunched together just paint the edges. Did not have a photo of the blue water piece of the mystery (blue paint) but this is another one where I wanted "surf" so used white paint.

For larger pieces of fabric you might need to re-wrap the fabric to cover the whole piece.

Let the paint dry. Unwrap the twine. Iron and here is the results.  Water and then the "surf" piece.

Previously I had also used this technique to make a more aspen looking forest. For this one I used two colors. After the first color (in this case black) is dried and ironed, begin the process from the beginning and use the second color.

Here is another piece I just finished in which I wanted to get the same forest feel but small trees in summer.

Well, there it is!!

And now the big news.....THE WINNER of the blue water painted shibori piece!!

And the winner is.....


Congratulations, Jane! Just send me your mailing address and I will mail the fabric to you.
Here is my e-mail address...

Thanks again all of you who played!!

See you on Wednesday!!
Kelly L Hendrickson

Friday, February 17, 2017

Variety of Techniques - Mystery Technique - Week 7

Ok.....just when I think life is running goes off the rails!  Then I have the sinking feeling that "WAIT!  What if these ARE the rails!!"  Scary thought.

Anyway, off the rails or on, life went wildly whirling yesterday and have caused a delay in the arrival of this week's mystery technique.

So, to make it short and sweet...

Here it is

This turned out to be one of my favorite methods to make "water" fabric! Can you see it?

Usual rules apply. Enter your guesses in the comment section below. The winner will be drawn from all correct guesses. If no correct guesses....the winner will be drawn from all those who entered. And don't forget...all those who enter these mystery contests will be intered in a drawing for our new e-book at the end of February!

See you here Monday with the reveal of the technique and the announcement of the winner. Have an amazing weekend you guys!!

Off and running now....trying to catch that off the rails train!!  Or......not.........

Kelly L Hendrickson

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Mixed media

There are many materials you can use in combination with your fiber art, but admit it, concrete will not be your first idea :-). A couple of years ago I made these 2 small canvasses - each 8"x8". I started with embroidery stitches, or making marks, using perle cotton on hand dyed fabric. Wrapped these around canvas and stapled them.

Next step was to mix up concrete. I did not want the regular grey, so instead of using water, I mixed the concrete powder with paint. The color will not be as bright as the paint as the concrete of course is grey and this will show through. With an old credit card I swiped the concrete/paint mixture over the canvas. I wanted to have some of the original fabric visible. so I made certain that enough of the fabric still showed.

I like the unusual effect I got and I think there are more options to play with this combination of soft and hard material.
Next blogpost will be by Kelly and will be another mystery technique.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Mystery revealed

You all came with very interesting suggestions, but nobody had it correct. Unfortunately I did not take pictures during the creation of this fabric. I had planned to do something similar this weekend, but I have the flu and my body said no. This is how I did it:

- I started with a parfait fabric.
- Next step was a leaves linocut and thiox discharge. When you use thiox, do this in a well ventilated area, as the fumes are toxid!
- Third step was to apply a thin layer of paint on a copper tjap using a foam roller and stamp leaves all over. The tjaps show lots of tiny details which most stamps do not show.

As there was no correct guess, I picked Bethany as the winner for this week. Please send  your snail mail address to:

Friday, February 10, 2017

New mystery technique

The mystery fabric of this week is a complex cloth, 3 techniques have been used in it.

Coming Monday I will tell you more about how I made this fabric. Publish your idea of how I did it in the comments below this post. I will draw a lucky winner in the next blog post. And don't forget by publishing a comment you will be entered in the draw for our e-book.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Variety of Techniques - Week 6

So far in these sessions we have added all kinds of techniques to fabrics and at various stages.

Today, We are doing some subtraction.


There are some products on the market which will remove color from fabric. And at least one that will remove the color and leave another!

But today we are going old school....bleach.

I've removed color from fabric using bleach with a bleach pen, bleach gel, etc.

This following is a combination of clamping and bleaching.

Safety Warning:  This process requires a well ventilated area!! Bleach fumes are not pleasant and not healthy!  If you can't get a ventilated area, you should wear a respirator mask with the appropriate filters.

Here is a photo of one of the pieces of hand-dyed fabric I did a while ago.  LOTS of clothespins and different types of clothespins.  I don't have this piece any longer but I liked how it shows up the pins on the red background.

Here is the same use of clothespins on a Kona black with bleach.  Love the pattern it produces.

This piece was folded like an accordion and clamped with Twixit clips.  The ones sold in various sizes for closing all kinds of bags and packages (think bread, chips, nuts, etc.)

All these discharge pieces were submerged in bleach for a certain amount of time (it is all relative to the effect you want really) Just will probably keep discharging just a bit more when you decide it is ready.  It is too far before you know it! In other words, you don't want to walk off and leave it unwatched. All these pieces were also submerged in an anti-chlor solution immediately after the beach bath.  Then rinsed several times, then washed, rinsed and ironed.  It is very important to use the anti-chlorine step to stop the bleach and more rinsing doesn't hurt at all either.

Doing this project made me want to try all kinds of other "clamps"!  What about large paper clips/ or rows of varying sizes of those black binder clips?  Or even those big clamps with the plastic tips...takes Andre the Giant to open them but it would make a cool effect!  Talk about a resist!!

I hope these inspire you to try other types of "clamps" and see what creative images you can acquire!

Kelly L Hendrickson

Monday, February 6, 2017

Variety of Techniques - Week 6 (mystery revealed)

As usual....I was so intrigued by all the guesses on this technique.  I'm keeping a list of some ideas that I want to try or tweak or some to just dream about!

This mystery technique is very easy to do. The hardest part is the prep...the waiting....the patience!!!
NOT one of my virtues by the way!

But the first time I discovered this technique was quite by accident. favorite muse!
I'm sure all of us who dye our own fabric have had this happen

DRIED SODA ASH DYEING you put your fabric in the soda ash solution to soak.  Then...Life happens and you totally forget it is there!  One day...several weeks later (or months even) you go to get your container to soak
some fabric in soda ash only to discover your forgotten previous fabric!!!

 it is very hard and dry.

(this is the siide view of the VERY stiff fabric standing on its own)


Easy put it AS IS in a container, mix a procion dye solution and pour it over the very dried soda ash fabric.  Batch as usual.  Then wash, rinse and iron...again as usual.

And this is what you get.  Here is the result of the fabric above and another one that I did in another color.  (neither of these is the fabric in the mystery but I didn't have photos of that particular one)

I loved it so much I have since done it on purpose several times. But takes a LONG TIME for the soda ash to dry completely.   When it is totally dry, the soda ash acts as a resist and the crystaline structure of the dried soda ash creates amazing valleys where the dye has bled into the areas in a rather feathery manner!

Now for the drawing results!  And the winner is........


Just send me your mailing address.  E-mail me at
and I will get the fabric right out to you!  Congratulations!!

I'll be back on Wednesday with another technique! Hope to see you then!

Kelly L Hendrickson