December 23, 2013

Workshops make great gifts!

For all of you last minute Christmas shoppers like me, I just scheduled three dye workshops for the spring at my studio in Kansas City. These workshops would make a great gift for the quilter/maker in your life. I am happy to email you a special gift certificate that you can print to give the lucky recipient. Or, give yourself a gift!

Here are my spring offerings so far:

Saturday March 1 
9am - 1pm 
$75 + $25 supply fee
  This half-day workshop for beginners is perfect for quilters or anyone else who has always wanted to learn how to dye their own fabric. It will include three different methods for dyeing cotton or silk fabric, including custom dye gradations. Each participant will learn how to safely dye fabric and create 2 yards of their own hand dyed fabric.

Saturday, February 22  
9am - 1pm 
$75 + $25 supply fee
  This workshop is an introduction to Shibori - the Japanese method of creating patterns on fabric through resist dyeing. This technique is where common Tie Dye came from. Learn three different techniques for creating beautiful patterns on cotton or silk. Each participant will make multiple pieces of beautifully hand dyed fabric. Some experience with dyeing fabric or yarn is helpful, but not required.

Saturday, February 8  
10am – 4pm 
Cost = $150 (includes dye and auxiliaries, fabric is extra and can be purchased from me or you may bring in your own white PFD fabric)
  In this day-long fabric dyeing intensive you will learn how to dye all of the fabric needed to make a quilt top of your choosing. We will cover: calculating fabric needs for a quilt, dyeing fabric to match your designs, and scaling dye recipes. There is homework for this workshop. Each participant will come to the workshop with a quilt pattern chosen ahead of time and a finalized color scheme with no more than 6 or 7 colors. Adjustments to color choices can be made in the workshop, but its best if you have a clear idea of what you want your quilt to look like coming into the workshop. Depending on how many colors are in your design, you may or may not have time to dye all of your fabric. You will, however, have dye samples and scaled recipes to dye the fabric on your own or during open studio time. The beginning fabric dyeing workshop, or previous dye experience, is a pre-requisite for this workshop. The workshop is limited to 4 participants. 

They are listed in my etsy shop here:

December 9, 2013

Giveaway Day 2013!

Today is Giveaway day over at Sew Mama Sew and it's my birthday week (December 13!) so I am giving away a signed copy of my book "Modern Color - An Illustrated Guide to Dyeing Fabric for Modern Quilts"!

The book is a beautiful DIY guide to dyeing fabric for quilters and walks you through 4 different dye techniques on 9 different quilted projects. I think it's a beautiful book and I couldn't be more happy with it!

How to Enter:
Tell me what your favorite color is in the comments. Make sure your email address is easy to find in the comment or in your profile so I can contact you if you win. The contest is open until midnight, December 13 and a winner will be chosen December 16.

I will ship internationally!

Also!!! If you don't win and still want a signed copy of my book, they are for sale in my etsy shop: As a special treat to all of you, they are 15% off through December 13th with coupon code "happybirthday".

Good luck! And don't forget to check out all the other great giveaways on Sew Mama Sew!

UPDATE!! 12/15
Thank you to everyone who entered the contest! I loved hearing your favorite colors. I used a Random Number Generator to pick the winner and it came up with #26. So "Darlington Gal" is the winner. Congratulations! And don't forget, if you didn't win but you still want a signed copy of my book, they are for sale in my etsy shop: