New Giveaway!


First let me apologize for being very behind on the blog (yet again). We are in the process of getting a new home and selling our current home. So life has been very insane lately. I promise there will be more artwork, projects, and good art type stuff posted here in a few months. But at the moment, the Printed Fabric Bee is the only thing that gets me back to the fabric and paint right now, for which I am very grateful. And there was a winner for last month’s giveaway and that lucky girl was Lisa Filion! So big congrats to her.

This month’s theme is Typography by Lisa Chin. Since I’m a graphic designer in my other life, I have a great fondness for typography. In my piece I went vintage with lots of handwritten notes from very old postcards and recipes. Then I included and old newspaper ad for a piano store. Not every bit of it is legible, but together is creates a lovely texture on the snow-dyed fabric. And yes, all of it is done with Thermofax Screen printing. So go over to Lisa’s blog or the Printed Fabric Bee Blog and leave a comment for your chance to win these amazing fabrics.


April’s Printed Fabric Bee

Every girl should have a chance to be queen, right!? Well April was my turn to be Queen of The Printed Fabric Bee. It has been so exciting to see what magic this group of artists have cooked up with my theme idea.

Wouldn’t you like to win your own pack of these fabrics? Well here’s your chance to win your own 6″x 6″ squares of all these lovely beauties. Just leave a comment here on my blog or on the Printed Fabric Bee blog to enter and I will pick a winner May 17th.

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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 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.

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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.

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: