I was so excited to teach my new Paint & Print-a-palooza class at Craft Napa. It is a take off of my 10+ Techniques with acrylic inks class with a focus on creating colorful patterned fabrics that can be used for piecing, appliqué or any way that you enjoy working with unique and original textiles.
This is a process class where we begin with white pfd cotton and go through a variety of methods of applying acrylic inks to create colorful base fabrics that we use to build pattern on in a variety of ways.
We explore simple shibori techniques that give beautiful results with acrylic inks.
I always encourage students to use one piece of fabric as their clean up rag (on the right), because the simple random application of color by wiping off a brush or cleaning up drips can become an incredibly beautiful piece of cloth to work on top of.
It was wonderful to see Melanie Testa‘s beautiful hand printed fabric using fiber reactive procion dyes on display, along with her new book Playful Fabric Printing that she co-authored with master dyer Carol Soderlund.
Like many of you, I’ve been watching Melly post photos of her fabric and the quilts she’s made over the last couple years, but I have to tell you there’s nothing like seeing her fabric up close, it is beautiful!
Jan 23:Melanie Testa check out Melly’s excellent book hack!
Jan 24: Carol Soderlund
Jan 25: Lisa Chin
Jan 26: Julie Fei-Fan Balzer
Jan 27: Me
Jan 28: Carrie Bloomston
Jan 28 Chris Dodsley
Jan 29: Lynn Krawcyzk
Jan 30: Leslie Tucker Jenison
Jan 31: Pokey Bolton