Saturday, July 28, 2012

Adventures in screen printing

For the last few months, I've been hand-dying fabric and clothing.  The clothing is nice, I've come up with some colors I really like and I get compliments whenever I wear my creations.  But they are plain colors.  It's a little boring after a while.   And the fabric I've dyed is nice, but I'd like a little more design.

So, I've been looking at screen printing books and videos, although I had pretty much talked myself into the fact that screen printing was beyond my skills.  Today, I took the plunge.  I had a screen around and some paint and all the tools I needed.

I have lots of paint, textile, acrylic, oil stiks, watercolor crayons, silk paint, etc, etc, etc....  I got everything set up and poured my paint into the screen.  The paint seemed a bit thin.  And it proceeded to soak through the tape on the screen, around the stencil I was using and through the fabric.  I tried to pull it through the screen and ended up with this:

 Not really what I was looking for :)

 I cleaned everything off...used some paint just for screen printing...much thicker....and came up with this:

 The paint was a little thick, but according to everything I've read and seen, that happens on your first print.  I thought the definition was pretty good.

This was my second print:

Sloppy because I pulled the squeegee in two directions disturbing the stencil and causing the paint to go under the stencil.  Oops!

My third print was pretty much perfect:

Love this one!

I used small stencils...6x6... which were problematic given the screen is 8x10.  I need to make my own stencils which are bigger so they fit inside the screen better and I don't need so much duct tape to cover the parts of the screen that have no design on them.  I think my small stencils are best left to stenciling and not screen printing. 

So, for the next few days, I'll be making some of my own stencils to use.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Rose garden quilt

Geez...first I don't blog forever and now you can't shut me up!  Two posts in one weekend!  Gotta blog when the spirit moves me!  I'm going to try to cut back my hours at work to no more than 9...not 9.5, not 10 and DEFINITELY not 12.  I get so exhausted that by the time the weekend rolls around...I don't get much housework done...all I want to do is play.   So, I did this weekend :)

Here's a quilt I've been working on.  I call it Rose Garden.  I love the fabrics.  They came out around Valentine's Day and I bought a yard of a few designs.  Then I thought of making this quilt, so I ordered a whole big bunch more.  Good thing, because I can't find it anymore.  

I'm using setting squares for the sashing, something I haven't done in a long time.  I always sucked at measuring and getting the squares right.  But, this time it's going quite well.  The blocks are about 14" square with 3" sashing, so  few blocks will go a long way.  Funny thing is I made a BUNCH of blocks, so I have a whole lot leftover.  

I'm not done with this yet.  I'm adding at least one more row horizontally.  Then I think I'll put a 2" border of the sashing fabric and then either the red rose fabric or the striped fabric for a 4" border.  

Stay tuned!

Saturday, July 21, 2012

I'm back!

Although I haven't been blogging on this blog, I have been working on quilts and fabric in general.  While looking through my extensive stash of fabric, I found some that made me wonder what I was thinking when I bought it.  Like this piece:

It is probably the ugliest piece of fabric I've owned..EVER...and  I've been quilting since 1987.  
When I first found it, I thought it was inside out....but, nope, it is right side out the way you see it.  The stuff I would never put in a quilt is going into a pile to be made into cotton crocheted rugs like this one I made:

 I had yards and yards of drapery weight fabric my mom had gotten in a community yard sale years ago.  The fabric was leftovers from the funeral parlor across the street from my mom's house when they made new drapes....kinda funny :)

This rug is almost 4ft across and it is gracing my foyer.  We have beige carpeting in this house and it never stays I'm covering it up.  Here are some others I made:

 I think I am obsessed...there are a few more rugs in my future as I clean out my stash....