The Printed Fabric Bee: Woodlands Giveaway

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For Carol R. Eaton’s PFB Theme I broke out the watercolor crayons and did some relief rubbings on the trees in the backyard. I had to wait for the snow to melt, but I think it was worth the wait. Here’s the colored up screen ready to print.


Then here’s the finished product and a shot of the square that is part of the giveaway. So head on over to Carol’s blog or the official Printed Fabric Bee Blog and leave a comment for your chance to win. And be sure to check back here next month for another giveaway. Its my lucky turn to be The Queen Bee next!

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The Printed Fabric Bee Give-Away!

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How would you like to be the owner of these fabulous fabrics! Follow the instructions in that green box above and you could win!

The theme was wonky lines given to us by Gerrie Congdon. This is what I put together:

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Hand-dyed fabric that was Thermofax screen printed, then snow-dyed to give it a deep red tone. It has been rather cold this year. I was thinking of warm colors.

Good Luck!


The blog got buried in snow and everything else

Okay so I may have completely neglected the blog but only because life got way more crazy than usual and the blog gets tossed off the to-do list when life goes a wacka-do. But hey, did you know I have a show going on! I am doing a display at the very cool Grove Gallery in East Lansing with Lynn Krawczyk. The place is full of some the coolest artwork I’ve seen in a long time. Our stuff will be hanging on the walls until February 28th. It is worth the trip if you can swing it.

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Here are a few of my bigger pieces on display.

Repurposed No 1

(Repurposed No.1) This is some of the recycled fabric (one half of a big table cloth that I got from the Salvation Army Store) that hung outside all summer long. You can see it here. It got a bit discolored and the hot sun baked the duck tape onto the fabric. I did get it off and it left really cool marks on the fabric. I later attacked it with paint, fabric, and more paint.

Repurposed No 2

(Repurposed No.2) This is the other half of that big tablecloth. It was hand-dyed the same as the other half but it did not sit outside all summer. It did get sun painted though with orange construction fencing, more paint, machine stitched then drawn on.

I realize that both of the above pieces hang kind of wonky (technical term) but I left it that way on purpose. I was rather hard on this fabric that was already second hand and nothing high end. It was stretched, scrunched, walked on, left to the outside elements… you get the idea. It’s not perfect and I did not want to display it like it was. It is something that someone else got rid of and I gave it a new purpose.

Then there is this one:

Evening Blooms

Hand-dyed fabric that is comprised mostly of hand drawn elements. I screen printed on a three repeating designs then I customized each print by drawing on them with pens.

Stay warm!



December 2nd Snapshot


Still in the drawing stage, I plan to do a lot more to this. Hand-dyed fabric, Thermofax Screen Printing and lots of sketching.

November 14th Snapshot


I’m working on several new pieces right now. The sewing machine and I have been bonding.


A Little Autumn Project Inspiration



“Thermofax Screen Printing is easy!” I have told this to many people over the last few years and more times than not their eyes will glaze over with doubt and I know that I’ve lost them. So I’ve been working on ideas to make this idea a bit more clear, easy and most of all fun!

This first idea started in early autumn while walking my kids to school. The leaves were just beginning to drop and I found myself admiring their lovely shapes and lines. So I gathered up a small variety and scanned them into my computer. I wasn’t sure what I would make at first but I eventually landed on the idea of a Thermofax screen printed tablecloth. I journeyed over one of our local discount home décor stores and picked up a lovely tablecloth and matching napkins for all of $16.

Next, I ran the scanned leaf images through a few filters in Photoshop to make them black and white images for the Thermofax machine (Morty). Then I figured out the right size for the images, made my screens and got to printing.

I did test out each screen to see how it printed. Then I picked out my paint and colors. Some paint is thinner and may not show the details, some didn’t have the colors I wanted. So I settled with Jaquard Textile Paint. They had all the lovely fall colors I was looking for. Usually I would just use what paint I had on hand but sadly many of my colors were running low, so I did need to restock a little bit for this project.


Here’s the tablecloth all plain and ready to go.


Here’s the printing in progress. I experimented with various colors. If I didn’t like how a print came out, I just didn’t print it again. If I liked it, I did a lot more of it.


Matching napkins on the drying rack.


And Voilà! Doesn’t it look awesome?! My sister is a master at table setting and helped me set this up to show how cool it turned out. It was super easy and did not cost that much money to make. Can you squirt paint and squish it with a foam brush? Then you can do this.





The Printed Fabric Bee & Orange Circles

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The theme was orange circles set by Lynn Krawczyk. The fabric is from the stash. I hand-dyed this a few years ago when I did the MSU Project. It has a lovely rust tone to it that knew I wanted (I know Lynn likes a good rust color). First I Thermofax Screen Printed the larger round circles in browns and black. Once that was dry I printed a mini version of Circles Sprites in gold for a little contrast and texture.Then I dug out every container of orange paint I could find, along with every orange, brown and black marker I could unearth in the studio. Then I just started experimenting with the different shades and types of paint. If something looked cool, I did some more, if it didn’t, I put it away. I layered up the colors for a bit, then broke out the pens and markers and started drawing on the painted and unpainted areas. Pebeo makes a fabric marker that worked really well for this. But beware, the odor is pretty strong with these. Also, metallic Sharpies are absolute favorites. So print, paint, draw was my method of creative mayhem. I love how it turned out and can’t wait to tackle the next theme.

Orange Circles, lots of orange circles

Here’s a little shot of my first piece for The Printed Fabric Bee. Lynn Krawczyk was first up and she picked a theme of orange circles. I love working with circles. I’ll share a full description next week.

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You can find more info on this fun challenge on our Facebook Page.

Customizable Journal Cover

Not long ago, during a trip to Michael’s Crafts I discovered a canvas covered journal. Unable to resist, I snatched it up and made plans to test it out. So here you go:

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And Ta-Da!


I went simple on this one. I asked a few folks around me if I should add some color and the consensus was no. But it does have a hardcover and could easily withstand a few rounds of printing or whatever else you had in mind. So I would say its worth checking out.


The Printed Fabric Bee

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You have no idea how excited I am to be apart of this amazing group. It gives me the perfect excuse to make art at least once a month. You may think I shouldn’t need an excuse. But three boys keep me occupied with things like ‘I’m hungry’, ‘I need clean socks’, ‘The baby is chewing on the dog toy… again’. Below are the details, all of the artists that are involved, along with the group’s Facebook page. Please go check them all out when you get a moment.
The Printed Fabric Bee is a collaboration of 10 professional textiles artists printing fabric collections for each other. Thanks for following our journey!

The Printed Fabric Bee is a printed fabric exchange between ten professional textile artists. Each month a member of the chooses a theme, making her the Queen, and the members of the Hive create a piece of fabric based on her choices. In the end, each member will have a collection of custom made fabric made by all the members of the Hive.

Please visit our members at their websites:

Lynn Krawczyk:
Julie B. Booth:
Gerrie Congdon:
Leslie Riley:
Carol R. Eaton:
Jackie Lams:
Lisa Chin:
Susan Purney Mark:
Lynda Heines:
Pokey Bolton: