Last week the Original Sewing and Quilt EXPO held the North Texas Quilt Festival. For the past three or four years, local guilds have been having great difficulty holding individual quilt shows. The expense of renting a place, getting vendors, etc. had proven to be a financial loss for them so six guilds got together with the EXPO people to hold a joint Quilt Show at the Arlington, TX Convention Center. Along with having a great show and more vendors than they could ever have on their own, they were able to offer many classes by well known quilters and fiber artists of which my daughter Andrea and I took advantage!
On Thursday we took a class-"Mini Mandalas-Ice Dyeing" taught by Cindy Lohbeck who is the owner of Hands on Hand Dyes. You can go to her website to see what all she has to offer! Cindy is not only a good teacher, she is a lot of fun to be around. We spent the first three hours folding fabric about 20" square different ways using rubber bands to create areas of resist. Then we arranged our bundles on a screen clipped over a bin, loaded it up with ice then squirted the dye over it all. We placed the whole bin with the ice and bundles into a large plastic bag and left it overnight.
|My Mandalas-to-be under ice and dye.|
|One of my three fabric wrapped poles.|
|Six of my mandalas on my design wall|
|The rest of my mandalas|
|Andrea's mandalas on her design wall at her home|
|I have nine different pieces on my wall. I had to overlap|
to get them all in the picture.