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tie dye for the next generation

tie dye for the next generation

This is a close up. Does that look like a teddy bear to you or something else?

I rinsed each one for 5 min. by hand then dried them in the dryer. They didn’t bleed a lot but still a little. My hands were getting tired of rinsing.

This is the back of the one above. I’ll keep posting fronts and backs so you can see how the dye bled in different ways.

I’ll rinse them again with soapy water tonight. Then run them through the washing machine with a load of darks just in case they bleed more.

I always wash my tie dye shirts by hand in cold water but Sarah will probably throw these in the washing machine. They don’t need to last as long as I want my Tee shirts to last anyway.

I did one of the newborn size, two of the 3 month size and two of the 6 month size.

That’s a funny bleed. Does it look like anything to you? I can’t make out what that is.

That could be a heart and flowers.

This is a close up of a bleed I really like. It might be an orchid.

I like this bleed a lot too. That’s the fun thing about tie dye. when you open them up you find these pretty designs and you don’t know how you did that.

baggy pajama shorts with drawstring hack

My daughter said she needs some baggy pajama pants with a drawstring.

I thought the bow was for a drawstring but it’s only decorative so once again I had to fake it on a sewing project. I never know if a pattern will work out like I hope. A lot of them don’t and I throw it all out. This might be ok. It would be easy to make adjustments.

For a drawstring you need buttonholes and a machine that sews a zigzag stitch. If your machine doesn’t do zigzag you can make a tailored buttonhole. Mine are a hack job but will be ok for pajama pants.

First I cut out little 1.5″ squares and sewed around the edges. I think a professional might use fusible interfacing, I’m not sure. Then place them where you want the buttonhole and draw a pencil line for the hole. Then sew around the pencil line, cut on the pencil line,

Turn the buttonhole facings to the inside and press them. Sew again close to the opening. Voila! buttonhole and drawstring hack job!

That was fast and easy. Now I’m going back to work on my painting of azaleas. This is one thing I enjoy about my amateur artist status, if I feel like sewing I can sew with no guilt over abandoning the painting for a while.

2nd maternity top I made for my daughter

she said she wanted a black print because it would be easier to accessorize.

Sarah got her test results, it’s a girl.

I was hoping for a boy because I wanted my grandchild to have every advantage in the world. I was calling the baby my new overlord. Then I said oh, it’s not an overlord it’s a princess! She said a girl can be an overlord. I said, like a warrior princess? She said yeah.

I asked her if she has a name picked out and she said yes but it’s a secret. Later she said she’s going to name her Athena. I said, not Venus? She said, no, wisdom will get you farther than love. I don’t know if she’ll name the baby Athena or if she was kidding. I said, I don’t care what you name her, I’m calling her Xena. Sarah didn’t care if I call the baby Xena because her dad and I both had pet names for her when she was a baby.

She bought some maternity clothes so she might have enough. She said if I want to continue sewing I could make things for the baby. It’s not due until Sept.

I’ll get back on painting this week.

dragons on silk scarf / oil paint sticks

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Dragon one says to dragon two, “Gurrrl, how you doin?”

Dragon two says, “I’m good. How you doin?”

Dragon one says, “I’m fine. Lets go torch that big flock of sheep.”

Dragon two says, “Lets torch the castle instead. We can get their gold.”

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These are the new templates I made using my concoction of corn starch and Elmers glue piped out of a cake decorating bag onto foam  core. The foam core warped as it dried. I’ll try to find something that won’t warp for my next experimental template.

silk scarf painting workshop #2 / inspiration

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I haven’t mastered it yet, but this is FUN! I’ll take the class again. The teacher, Meryl Ann is a great help and showed me how to correct a mistake.

The oil paint sticks work nicely on silk. The paint doesn’t affect the drape of the fabric. They cost around $10 each color, so it’s worth the class just for that one reason. She has a lot of colors. But I made a mess of it and you can’t lift the color off if you put it in the wrong place or smear it. The thing to do is cover it with another design, then the mistake isn’t noticeable.IMG_2155

This photo looks a little out of focus, but I’m not a real photographer, so I don’t care.

Now I want to make my own templates. I have some good ideas. There’s a product like glue you can use to draw on a piece of cardboard to make your own template.

Also, the ladies in the class are very supportive of each other. It’s nice to hang around with other artists because art is mostly a solitary activity and this is getting me in friendly company.

my favorite tie dye shirt so far and EXCITING NEWS!

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I’m moving to Virginia Beach in Oct! I can’t wait! I signed up for an apt in a new building made of concrete and steel. The floors won’t creak. I’ll be on the top floor (4th). It’s LUXURY, BABY! My balcony will overlook trees. My daughter lives in Norfolk, so it will be easier to get together with her, since Virginia Beach and Norfolk are connected.

They are two cities, but they look like one huge city. The population is much denser than Richmond. I’ll have so many new places to explore. A lot of places I’ve been to many times and wished I could hang around long enough to paint, now I can. I can go to the ocean front any time I want to. It will seem like being on permanent vacation!

I have a feeling it will be a good move for me.

About this shirt: It’s the ice dye method. I liked the way it came out but the bottom of the shirt had the brighter colors and the top of it was kind of blah. One good thing about adult X larges is that they are way too long on me and I have plenty of fabric to do an alteration. So, I traced the neck edge on tracing paper. I took out the stitches around the neck and sleeves and cut the shirt down 4″from the top. I lowered the sleeve holes 4″ and the shoulder seams. Then I recut the neck edge using my pattern and sewed the ribbed band back on, sewed the sleeves in and voila! It’s an improvement!

 

tie dye shirt and shorts I made / modeled @ Lewis Ginter

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The tie dye was fun. The shorts were difficult..

This time I cut 3″ off the length of the shirt and cut the fringe 3″ before sewing on the beads. I like this length and it’s more practical with the shorter fringe because it doesn’t get tangled.

The shorts are a polyester linen blend so they’re cooler than my denim shorts, but I had to resew my seams to make it fit right. I used the same pattern that was ok before, but this time it seemed too baggy. Now I want to resew the blue ones I made and then take them apart so I can draw my pattern to fit exactly next time. It will be a big job.

Sewing is more difficult than painting. I don’t understand why “craft” gets less respect than “art”. They’re the same to me. Art and craft both require practice, patience, skill etc. so I wonder why sewing isn’t seen in the same way as an oil painting or a sculpture. No one would doubt YSL is an artist, but is the seamstress who makes her own clothes also considered an artist? I would say yes. The sewing ladies are artists  too. And if you have enough dexterity and patience to sew you can also do any kind of painting you like. The more you practice and experiment the better you get at it. Good teachers help. I was lucky to have good sewing teachers and art teachers.IMG_1911 When I made that tie dye shirt, I wanted to try to do a flowery motif. I was thinking of making flowers on top of the shirt and green foliage on the lower part, kind of like the YSL dress.  This one is my 2nd try to get the flower look with tie dye. The 1st one didn’t come out.  I’ll probably throw it away.

I’m ruthless with the things I make. Sometimes I throw away a whole year’s worth of paintings if I decide not to show them again, and I’ll throw away any tie dye that doesn’t look good to me. If I wasn’t that way with my “creations” my apt. would be too crowded.

I’ll try another tie dye.

Meanwhile, here’s some roses for your inspiration.

YSL fashions at the VMFA

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Hmmm. My photo is a little fuzzy.

This one is my daughter’s favorite.

Evening gown. Autumn-Winter 1983 haute couture collection. Paris pink silk satin bodice with large bow and black silk velvet skirt.

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This one is my favorite. I might try to steal it some day.

Daytime dress Autumn – Winter 1967 Saint Laurent rive gauche collection. Yellow cotton pique dress: sleeves and hem trimmed with red guipure (a kind of lace). Archives Anouschka Paris

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Sexy piecing, huh?

Evening gown. Homage to Tom Wesselmann Autumn – Winter 1966 haute couture collection. Purple wool jersey with pink wool jersey piecing.

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Evening gown Autumn = Winter 1997 haute couture xollection. Bodice embvroidered with silk organza, sequins, and raffia in a poppy and leaves pattern: red silk pleated skirt with red silk satin ribbon tie belt. Embroidery by Lesage.

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When I saw a photo of this it reminded me of a pine cone. When you see it in person it’s kind of elegant. I guess YSL can make a pine cone look elegant. Sarah said maybe he got his inspiration from nature.

Short evening ensemble. Spring – Summer 1967 haute couture collection. Fringed raffia coat, neckline embroidered with brown wooden beads: ivory silk dress embroidered with wooden beads. Embroidery by Lanel

This is a really great show if you’re interested in fashion design. And the only East coast venue is the VMFA.

 

I model my home made Mondrian outfit at an art opening

IMG_1892I’m standing in front of Wings by Diane Clement. She sold it! Rock on, Diane!

The invitation said to wear black and white. I was glad I have something to wear. There was a good turn out for 1st Fri. art walk downtown tonight. As I got through the crowd on Broad St. I  hoped the people can’t tell I made this top and skirt. I want them to think I spent a fortune on it. hahahahahah Dang, it would look better with high heels, but I don’t want to wear heels.IMG_1891That’s Diane in front of her painting “Gonna Find Myself A Hole In A Wall”. Oil and acrylic on canvas.

Diane is a self taught artist and she does get sales, which technically makes her a professional! And just goes to prove that what I say is true. It’s not necessary to spend time and money on an art education. You can do just fine as an artist without the degree. Diane is always working on marketing her work, and that’s the hardest part of the art world.

tie dye Rorschach test

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Does this look like something to you? To me it looks like some kind of ET with wings and a female body wearing a Wonder Woman bodice and the head of a Koala Bear. But if it looks like something to you, please tell me what it is.

That’s one fun thing about doing tie dye. You don’t know what it will look like until you untie it and rinse it.

And what about the back? The head of a lion? Or a dog?IMG_1888