Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Gustavus Adolphus Art and Craft show Satruday, Oct. 3rd.

This Saturday, October 3rd, I'll be at the Gustavus Adolphus Art and Craft show from 9am to 4pm in NE Minneapolis.  I've done this show several times and they are very welcoming and have a nice variety of vendors.  The weather is supposed to be nice and sunny so it should be a good day for those in tents outside as well as the vendors indoors.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Colors and colors

I was thinking of titling this, what a mess.  But considering how much I have stuffed into a small place it isn't bad.  This is just (most of) my dye.  I won't show you where I stash my stencils and other items.  And that shelf over there and....

For one of the art fairs I applied to they wanted a picture of your work area.  I assume it was to make sure you actually made the art yourself rather then buying and reselling.  Everything I offer started out plain white and I turned it colors.

Saturday, July 25, 2015


 Careful, or I'll bite your tail.  Not like I can grab it, darn these short arms....

Friday, July 24, 2015

Black and brown

I'm not going to make a comment about shades of gray.  Black is a tough color to dye.  You have to use a lot of dye to get it dark, but it still frequently will not be pure black.  The scarf is just two colors, black and brown.  But because I clamped it so the dye couldn't get to part of it the dye separated some giving shades to it.  And the brown looks almost metallic.  Steam set dye on silk

Thursday, July 23, 2015


After a while it is hard to remember what you've posted about.  But I like my leopard design so I'm not worried if I've posted it before.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Colored salt

I had a picture in a post long ago how the salt used to make patterns in the dye holds on to the color, giving me colored salt.  Rather than throwing it away every time I reuse it, keeping the colors in separate bowls.  I wanted to see if I could have the color on the salt go back on to a scarf.

First is a pic of the dry salt in a bowl and some of it sprinkled on a scarf

After sprinkling the rest of the salt on the scarf I misted it thoroughly to rinse the dye onto the scarf.  Here you can see the color did migrate onto the scarf.  The salt didn't have much color left on it.

And here are two finished scarves after being steamed and ironed.  Very pretty, I think.  The one on the left I used both blue and purple salt so the colors are mixed.

But now I can't do it again until I do more 'regular' salted ones since I don't have precolored salt.  Hmmm, I wonder how colorful cake sugar sprinkles would work....  But those are such small bits.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

More dye powder oddness.

Similar to a previous post, this dye powder doesn't look much like the final color.  Forest Green this time.  The blue powder in it will normally be the last to dissolve.  And the last picture a finished product.

Monday, July 20, 2015

What color is it really?

It is interesting how some dye powders look in jar are very different from how they look on fabric since they're made up of a mix of different colors.  All of the pictures below are of Palamino Gold. 

The first one is the dye powder right out of the jar, the second with a little water starting to dissolve it. 

The third one is of the dregs after most of the powder has dissolved and been poured off.  Fuchsia can be a bit of a challenge to get properly dissolved.  Warmer water helps.  But then you have to let the dye mix cool some or it will soften the soy wax on the shirt.

The last pic is of a finished shirt.  I have no idea why it is upside down. I even tried to turn the pic.  Oh well.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Show schedule

A list of my upcoming shows, or at least the ones I know of so far.

July 25th 11am to 7pm & 26th 11am to 5pm
Red Hot Art Festival
Stevens Square Park
1801 Stevens Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55403

September 26th 10am to 5pm & 27th 11 to 4pm
Afton Old School Art Studio Art Fest
Afton Old School Art Studio
15888 Upper 34th St
Afton, MN  55001
October 3rd 9am to 4pm
Gustavus Adolphus Art & Craft Show
Gustavus Adolphus Church
27th Ave and Johnson Street NE
Minneapolis, MN  55418 

December 12th 9:30am to 4:30pm
Women’s Art Festival
Colin Powell Center
2924 4th Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55408

Friday, June 5, 2015

Eagan Art Festival

This is the second year for me at the Eagan Art Festival.  It is in Central Park in Eagan June 27th 9am to 5pm and 28th 10am to 5pm, in front of the Community Center.  There is a paved path around the outside of the booths. You still have to cross some grass to get to all the booths but it makes it easier. If you need a rest the Community Center is open and air conditioned.  There are food booths outside or a little cafe inside.

This is a very family friendly event with activities the kids can do in the tent.  You can contribute to a community mural, watch some artist demonstrations, find out more about the classes at the Eagan Art Center and enjoy the live entertainment.