Monday Fun – Let’s Get Going

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Our fabrics drying in the wind
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Here are a few pattern of Shibori from my workshops

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Scarf
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Workshop at National African American Conference 2018

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I love to teach and see all the new patterns

Monday Sew – Denim Quilt

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Repurposed denim made into a quilt
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Sashiko hand stitching using embroidery threads

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What have you made with your old jeans.

Indigo Dye and Shibori Workshop with Sandra Johnson. 

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Indigo Dye and Shibori Workshop with Sandra Johnson. 

Come learn the art of Shibori

Come learn the art of Shibori

Limited Space Pre-Register

Oakland Nov 4        11:00am – 2:00pm  Eventbrite 

Oakland Nov 4           2:00pm – 5:00pm Eventbrite

Long Beach Nov 12  11:00am – 2:00pm Eventbrite

Long Beach Nov 12  2:00pm – 5:00pm  Eventbrite

Santa Ana Nov 26    11:00am – 2:00pm  Eventbrite

Santa Ana Nov 26     2:00pm – 5:00pm  Eventbrite

Great fun learning the art of Japanese dyeing that involves folding, twisting or bunching of cloth and binding it, then dyeing in indigo. 

Shibori is an ancient Japanese dyeing technique using natural dyes, and in this class you will use natural indigo, which antibacterial properties and has been used abundantly throughout history around the world. Learn the fundamentals of this timeless pattern-making process. We will concentrate on folding, tying, and using clamp resists, and dye in a plant-derived indigo vat. All dye materials and several pieces of cotton will be provided.

I am a passionate teacher who encourages students to create unique fabric creations, whether the end product is a quilt or garment. Creating what is important to the maker is a joyful experience that I try to pass on in my workshops. Wherever you are in your design process my goal is to inspire your creative “genius” and improve your techniques.

Please join me at one of my local classes or suggest that your guild hire me for a lecture and workshop.

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Quilts, Quilts, Quilts

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Hoffman fabrics 
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Is this you?
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This quilt is hand stitched and quilted.
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I love hand quilting using big stitching
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Log Cabins with color and repurposed jeans

Come learn the art of Shibori

Come learn the art of Shibori

Limited Space Pre-Register

Oakland Nov 4        11:00am – 2:00pm  Eventbrite 

Oakland Nov 4           2:00pm – 5:00pm Eventbrite

Long Beach Nov 12  11:00am – 2:00pm Eventbrite

Long Beach Nov 12  2:00pm – 5:00pm  Eventbrite

Santa Ana Nov 26    11:00am – 2:00pm  Eventbrite

Santa Ana Nov 26     2:00pm – 5:00pm  Eventbrite

Great fun learning the art of Japanese dyeing that involves folding, twisting or bunching of cloth and binding it, then dyeing in indigo. 

Shibori is an ancient Japanese dyeing technique using natural dyes, and in this class you will use natural indigo, which antibacterial properties and has been used abundantly throughout history around the world. Learn the fundamentals of this timeless pattern-making process. We will concentrate on folding, tying, and using clamp resists, and dye in a plant-derived indigo vat. All dye materials and several pieces of cotton will be provided.

I am a passionate teacher who encourages students to create unique fabric creations, whether the end product is a quilt or garment. Creating what is important to the maker is a joyful experience that I try to pass on in my workshops. Wherever you are in your design process my goal is to inspire your creative “genius” and improve your techniques.

Please join me at one of my local classes or suggest that your guild hire me for a lecture and workshop.

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Indigo cotton fabric 
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Students work from workshop
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What an amazing creation
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Unfolding of the fabric
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Indigo buckets
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Blue Indigo
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Time to fold and uses resistance 
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Indigo 

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Cotton 

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Folding 
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Fabric Dye
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Time to dry this fabric
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Workshop

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Shibori Saturday
Japanese dyeing technique that produces amazing designs!

Tuesday Tip ~ My Denim Creation

When creating with denim, try mixing different colors of repurposed denim and new denim for a bold effect.

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Deconstructing jeans for the denim is always fun. You must start with sharp scissors. The brand I use is KAI 7300 from Japan. They are made of high-carbon stainless steel. 

 

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I use a mix of old and new denim in my quilts and other creations.

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Here is a tip: when creating with repurposed denim, use different colored denim and see what kinds of patterns you can come up with. I had so much fun working with contrasting black denim and blue denim. I used pale purple embroidery threads for the hand stitching.