Here is a basket of Cape Cod Gold, the infamous Quahogs. They are known in other places as Cherry-stones or Little-necks, but nevertheless, they are especially wonderful when freshly dug from the sand.
Early winter is the best time to dig, when the water is very cold and the clam muscle is nice and firm……Yum!
Dragger on the Rocks Here is my latest fabric painting…in the works!
The picture was painted on white cotton with black fabric paint (Dye-Na-Flow) that was thickened with Sodium Alginate. The bright white areas, like the seafoam on the waves and the wheelhouse, were masked with a commercial brush-on masking gel prior [...]
Hand Piecing – A Quilter’s Heritage
Besides the fact that Hand Piecing is where it all began, there are several reasons to become adept at hand piecing.
It is portable. Hand Piecing can be done anywhere that a needle and thread can be used. You don’t have to sit at a sewing machine or [...]
I recently experimented with the new “splash-less” chrlorine bleach. The viscosity is slightly thicker than regular bleach so I thought I would try to paint with it without using a thickener.
The result, Roses are Red, is quite pleasing although the edges of the design are not as sharp and hard as with the thickened bleach. [...]
Controlled Discharge with Chlorine Bleach…cont.
After creating several art pieces by painting with thickened dyes on fabric, I wanted to experiment with creating detailed designs on a dark fabric background without having to dye the entire piece. My familiarity with thickening dyes and paints with sodium alginate led me to experiment with discharging my designs with [...]
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After creating several art pieces by painting with thickened dyes on fabric, I wanted to experiment with creating detailed designs on a dark fabric background without having to dye the entire piece. My familiarity with thickening dyes and paints with sodium alginate led me to experiment with discharging my [...]
My favorite method, which I used exclusively on my quilts, (“If Monet Could Quilt”) for example, is thickening the dyes or dye paints with Sodium Alginate.
Sodium Alginate is a natural product made from seaweed so it doesn’t react with your medium - it just thickens it to the viscosity you want. If you use [...]
The trick to successfully stenciling lace is to think opposite of the regular stenciling technique. The paints and tools are the same whether on fabric or wood, but the approach is very different. A regular stencil has the pattern cut out of the stencil material, where as, the lace itself is the pattern and the holes are the negative [...]
Water color paint, fabric dyes and dye paints have very similar qualities. All three of these mediums are applied primarily as liquids and are relatively translucent and stain the surface. Oil and Acrylic paints, in comparison, are more viscous and opaque allowing them to lay on top of one another and the surface.
With Oil and acrylic [...]