Monday, March 16, 2015

Tools of the Trade Tuesday

Welcome to our guest blogger, Diane Herbort, and the first edition of her weekly contribution: Tools of the Trade Tuesday!

We use so many tools in our creative work. Some may seem mundane or not beautiful, some might be a little bit mysterious. Some may be repurposed or recycled from their original jobs. Check back every Tuesday to see what I have here to share with you.

Let’s start with fabric—gorgeous hand dyed cottons, in every shade of the rainbow and then some.  I’ll bet you’ve taken a class on dyeing fabric or have done some on your own. Have you used it?? No? Well, what’s stopping you? Does it seem too beautiful to use? If you don’t get it out and use it, that beautiful fabric may moulder on your shelf for years and then finally end up in a yard sale someday. Get it out, fondle it, iron it and get ready to use it. Bring it to QSDS this spring and we’ll get you started.

If you like beading and hand embroidery, Lisa Binkley is teaching a weekend class focusing on learning to respond to the unique markings and colors of hand dyed or hand printed fabrics. Read more about it here.   (Scroll down to find the class.)

You could also bring your beautiful fabric to a design class. Rosalie Dace’s  “Be Here Now” will give you five days to play with your fabrics. Don’t have five days? Cynthia Corbin is teaching a weekend’s worth of in-the-cloth design, “ABCs of Composition.” 

So don’t just hoard the hand dyes, use them!  See you next Tuesday!

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