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July 16, 2017 Ice Dyeing Day

Sandy and Shar lead us in a hot day of Ice Dyeing.

These are pictures of Frank’s work.


Pleated and then rolled

The small one is scrunched. The larger one is pleated and rolled.

Fold into quarters

flower sack towel folded into quarters.

I was surprised how light the final colors are, especially on the flower sack towel.  I let the pieces sit damp in a plastic bag for 24 hours.  I rinsed by hand and then washed in the washing machine with hot water.

I liked the affect when I folded the flower sack towel into quarters.  It made the quarters look similar.

My favorite was the pleated and rolled piece.  I think it is the strongest design.

November Meeting

We learned kumihimo braiding. Kumihimo is a traditional Japanese technique of braiding to create intricately colored cords. The cords are strong but slender, and have a multitude of uses. Samurai once used kumihimo as laces for their armor.





August 2015, Paper Making on a hot day

A post from last August when Frank lead a day of recycling paper.
Next month we make books out of the paper that was made!

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We used a 2-layer technique to paint on a piece of paper with different colored paper.  Yes, painting with paper pulp not paint.

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Paper was drying everywhere, even in the bird garden. Lots of paper was made and will be made into books next month!

Frank’s Refillable Cloth Book Cover

Materials : cloth, fusible interfacing, thread, signature booklet, sewing machine.



I used hand spun yarn to hold the single signature in the cover.


If You wanted to have 2 or 3 signatures in the book, the cover would have to be wider and you would need more yarn loops to hold them more signatures in.  These are minor adjustments once you understand how to make the single signature book.