Tuesday, December 23, 2008

No work of art but . . . .

I have been busting a move to get my latest project done in time for Christmas. I made a quick quilt for my son. His room gets mighty chilly in the winter as he is located in the top southwest corner - where all the storms blow in. Luckily he his not always cold. He runs around in bare feet and t-shirts most of the year. But he does like a warm and comfy blanket.

I am a terrible traditional quilter so I just used 6 inch squares pieced together. I hand quilted the whole thing with perle cotton in various colors. The top left is icicles. The middle is earth and the bottom right is fire.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Earnin' a Brownie Badge

I volunteered to co-lead my daughter's brownie troop. Unbeknownst to me, there ended up being 18 girls in the troop from 1st grade through 3rd. Not a big deal you say. But it is. Especially with skill sets. Big difference in what they can accomplish at a certain age. So trying to find something they all can accomplish has been a challenge. Since it is all girls, crafts always hit the mark.
They are working on a wear your art badge. So we did some t-shirt creations. All we said was that they were making their own t-shirts and they started squealing with delight. How cool is that. So with safety in mind, we opted to do a version of dyeing using bleeding art tissue. They also used the pentel dye crayons, rubbing plates, dye pens and watercolor crayons. Here are a few examples of what we accomplished yesterday:

Here's how we did it. First, I tried this out at home to see if it would work. Realized that you should dampen the t-shirt, then lay the tissue pieces down. After you have them where you want them, spray them with water again so the dye runs out onto the shirt.

Here is what I have after doing a large area. It is really wet, so I will let it dry before adding to it. The flower is from a rubbing plate. The areas with sharp edges were the pieces I tried without wetting the background first. So many possibilities.