Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Spotlight on Butterfleagreen

Butterfleagreen is "...three generations of crafters and all have different tastes and sometimes our work will cross over in different areas. We have a wide variety of different kinds of products, all made by us. You may find jewelry, toiletries, or just about anything else. We are my father, my aunt, myself and my two teen daughters."
I am spotlighting their work today because I have always liked the 'macrame' look, and they have a wonderful selection of hemp jewelry, such as this black and white zigzag choker:

Check out their shop here to see more of their fabulous creations!

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

I'm in print!

I recently added my ArtFire shop to an online directory, www.shopindieonline.com which lists independent artists/businesses. They showcase businesses on their blog via a 'Featured Artist interview, and my interview was published today. You can view it at http://www.shopindieonline.com/blog/ look for the April 15 post. Nice!

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Spotlight on 2Dye4 Distinctive Tie Dye

I'm not the only tie-dyer in the 'Stuck in the 60's Guild'! Jo of 2Dye4 Distinctive Tie Dye is a fabulous dyer, and I am always in awe of her creations! Here is just a sample of her work:

Jo uses traditional methods to create truly wearable art! Visit her shop and you will see "...unique designs, discharge dyeing, traditional and original color patterns..."

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Spotlight on JAVA723

Judith from JAVA723 and I got to know each other this past year when she bought some tie-dye from me through my Etsy shop. When I opened my ArtFire store in February, she was my first customer. Then she opened her ArtFire shop and joined my 'Stuck in the 60's' guild. I wanted to give my readers a chance to see a sample of her beautiful jewelry:

I have always been a fan of dangly earrings, and I think these are really beautiful!
To quote Judith, 'Some of my pieces hark back to my joy filled days as a hippie - I still believe we can all work together to help the earth. . . .'. If you want to see more of her work, go to JAVA723.

Monday, April 6, 2009

'Novas' pattern

I really love the look of 'Novas', especially when I use multiple dye baths to create them. Here are pictures of my latest:

I started out by 'scrunch' dyeing the item using two light dyes: Dharma Trading's Cayman Island Green and Seafoam Green. After the dyeing process was complete and the garment laundered, I then used rubber bands to create the 'Novas' pattern randomly over the garment. Then I scrunched it up, placed it in a plastic bin, and used 'Periwinkle', a light mixture of Cerulean Blue, and Lilac, plus water in between to add light areas. What I like is that the light colors from the first dyebath 'glow' where the rubber bands resist the second dyebath. I also like that I get several different hues, and each 'Nova' looks unique! This has been a favorite pattern for several years, and I never grow tired of it. Here are some more examples:
The example below was done with a different technique, Direct Application dyeing, but the
results are similar: