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.

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

Great fun learning the art of Japanese dyeing cotton fabric

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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Blue 
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Time to dry my cotton
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What are you using?

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Ready to dye 

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Job well done
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Fun in the sum

Indigo Workshop

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.

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.

Tuesday Tip – Rethink Gift Giving

Skip the shopping, and give the gift of a class or a workshop! Look for my upcoming indigo shibori class.

For those of us with a fabric lover in our life, we know they can be intimidating to shop for. You never know what sewing tools they already have, and they have strong opinions on fabric. How do you know what they will like?

Skip the shopping, and give the gift of a class or a workshop!

  • Check your local quilt guild or fabric shop for upcoming classes.
  • Some are taught by well-known local or visiting artists and designers.
  • It’s a great way for sewists to meet and learn new techniques.
  • Get involved in your local sewing community.
  • Show your fabric friend that you support and encourage her passion!

Look for my upcoming Indigo Shibori Dye Workshop in January!

Hand Stitching with my Thimble

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After over 30 year of hand stitching I have found the perfect thimble. Yes I use this thimble when stitching my denim art quilts. Ording information:

http://considinecreations.com/product-category/thimbles/

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My must haves when hand stitching. Enjoy and tell me what you think. Hit me up on instergram, Facebook, or my blog. SandraJohnsonDesigns