This week I want to direct readers to the “reboot” of The Printed Fabric Bee. Instead of monthly fabric collections created for the Bee members (with 6″ x 6″ swatches as a prize for randomly drawn readers who left comments), for 2016 members of the Bee will each take a turn hosting a month. For their month they will pick a theme and post several surface design tutorials, and conduct a fabulous giveaway too. (Mark your calendar: I will be April!) This reboot will mean a year of free classes from national and internationally known surface design artists and teachers!
Julie B. Booth is January’s featured Bee artist, and she has chosen Kitchen Resists as her theme. Last year Julie wrote Fabric Printing at Home: Quick and Easy Fabric Design Using Fresh Produce and Found Objects, and it is an amazing book! You can read my review of it on this blog.
Julie has published two postings to The Printed Fabric Bee so far:
- Rubbings with Liquid Dishwashing Soap (January 3)
- Knotted and Wheat Flour Paste Resists (January 10)
Above is a piece I created in Julie’s 2-day class here at Artistic Artifacts (more on that below) using dishwashing liquid as a resist. In Kitchen Resists #1: Rubbings with Liquid Dishwashing Soap, Julie teaches you to place texture plates under your fabric and then roll liquid dishwashing soap over the fabric to pick up the texture designs. I grabbed one of her photos (below) to illustrate:
Julie prefers to make my own texture plates by applying hot glue on recycled cardboard, which is the subject of an article by her in the current issue of Quilting Arts magazine (see below).
Below is my hot glue/cardboard printing plate design, again created in her class last year:
Julie points out that you can also use commercial texture plates…I’m going to have to try this technique with some of the rubbing plate designs from Cedar Canyon Textiles!
To anyone who has an interest in surface design: register yourself for Fabric Printing at Home: A Kitchen Sampler on Saturday, March 12 and Sunday, March 13 here at Artistic Artifacts. Want to know more? I shared in some of the fun of learning from Julie my posting for the Fabric Printing at Home Blog Tour last year (I was Day 6).
You will learn how to use a huge variety of materials to create amazing prints, plus on Day 2 Julie will guide you through hand-stitching your fabrics into a wonderful piece of art. I can’t recommend it enough: this class is inspiring, energizing and so much fun!
As before, you must comment each month to win. Julie’s wonderful giveaway is a copy of her amazing book and one yard of Prepared for Dyeing (PFD) cotton* — meaning the winner has a great start on creating their own custom printed fabric!
To be eligible to win, comment on at least one of her posts published during January at The Printed Fabric Bee. Julie will select a winner on Sunday, January 31.
* Note: we stock Kona® 100% cotton PFD, 44" in our shop too, as well as 58" wide.