Trip to Florida / I was a student

I just took a wonderful trip to Florida where I was a student enjoying the learning process. I have a wonderful friend named Suzanne Conners who owns Aya Fiber Studio in Stuart, Florida. Her studio is located at the Fish House Art Center and looks out over the beautiful Florida waterfront. This was our view for the week.

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The class I was taking was about combining indigo, eco-dye and rust. Now how much better could it get? The teacher was Pia Best-Reininghaus from Germany. The first thing we learned was how Pia mixes her indigo vat. Then she demonstrated how she dips and allows for oxidation. Her techniques were very different from some I have been taught. Then it was our turn and we dyed our fabrics and garments in the indigo and proceeded to lay out our plants for the eco-dyeing.

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We made our bundles of fabric, plants and rusty pipes. Then the steaming began. The plant based fibers were steamed for 5 hours before we could open and reveal our “masterpieces”.

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Oh my goodness the big reveals were so exciting! Who would think eight women could be so thrilled with rust stained fabrics. It was so much fun. I made some great new friends and enjoyed the relaxation time. On the second night we went on a cruise around Port Salerno. The weather was perfect as we were enjoying the sights along with a little wine and cheese. They even have boats for the police.

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The time flew by and before I knew it, I had to get on the plane and come home.

This was one of my new friends-Alexandra. She is Suzanne and Steve’s kitty. I called her a little alien because she made a noise like someone from space instead of a meow. She is adorable!

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I can’t wait to wear my new shirt and scarves. I also have fabric dyed and ready to sew a shirt and vest. As usual I just need some more time.

Now I have to apologize again because I have not had my give away of Shibori items in three weeks. Things have been crazy around here due to family illnesses and other things.

All is good now or at least getting better. So here are three winners to make up for the three weeks. Please message me your mailing information so I can send you a charm pack of my Shibori fabrics.

Brenda Morton

Paula Stuplich

Yvonne of yvonnewdesign

Read my 9/13/2016 post for all the details on my give away.

Leave a comment to get your name in the pot for the next prize.

Share this post to get your name in the pot.

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I am ready for late November

I have always tried to stay quiet about politics and religion. I feel both of these are very personal and I do not want to get into it with my “friends” because most of the time I feel very isolated in my thoughts and views. I am still not going to talk politics. I will talk a little about religion because my heart is aching! I live in a small town with some feeling of isolation even when I am in a large group of people. The thing I love the most about my current career choice is my ability to travel and meet new people. I love Facebook and Instagram because it puts me in contact with lots of people. I am beginning to be appauled at the comments and postings of some of my online friends from both sides of the fence. I am in total disbelief at what some are posting in the name of Christianity. I am almost to the point of leaving Facebook until this election is over but I would miss some wonderful posts by some amazing people. For example I loved being included in Pam Holland’s post about a new grandchild. I like knowing that people I care about are safe in the aftermath of hurricanes and flooding. I like seeing Lissa Alexander’s posts of old photos of her family. I don’t want to miss any of these things.

I have friends on Facebook and in real life who are Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Buddhist and even some who are not sure what they believe. I have friends who are straight and gay. I have friends who are of all nationalities and ethnicity. I don’t judge anyone on who they worship, who they love or what color their skin is or how much money they have. I just want to look up to people who are true to their beliefs and treat others with love and respect. There is a Christian hymn that is called “They’ll Know We Are Christians” and I love the words. It is based on a verse from the Bible, John 13:35. The lyrics contain these words:

We are one in the Spirit, we are one in the Lord
We will work with each other, we will work side by side
We will walk with each other, we will walk hand in hand
By our love, by our love 

And they’ll know we are “Christians” by our love, by our love
The last verse could read: “And they will know they are loved by our love.”

In these turbulent times I pray that we can all just live by some variation of these words no matter what your religious belief or political party. Just be kind to one another and love each other as you want to be loved.

On a lighter note, I am way late in announcing my winner of the week from last Friday.

The winner of a Junior Layer Cake is Lynn Wingard.

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Lynn message me your address so we can get it in the mail.

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This week’s winner and an opportunity to learn.

These are just some of the items students have made in my Shibori Indigo and Ice Dyeing for Beginners classes. Scroll down to see the info on my next class! And the winner of my blog contest for the week.


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I will be teaching both of these classes at Art Retreat On the Prairie in Round Top, Texas on November 5 & 6,2016.

That is only a few short weeks away but there are openings in the class. Barb and Erin of Vivi Magoo Presents put on great retreat opportunities at wonderful venues. The Retreat on the Prairie is held in Historic Round Top, Texas. The fall weather should be wonderful.

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This may be one of my last times to teach the Ice Dye for a while so if you are intrigued please join me. The Shibori and Indigo class is a wonderful, fun and exciting class. My students around the country are loving it, especially since my fabric line “Shibori” with Moda fabrics has debuted.

I will also be in Houston at Quilt Festival!!!                     

I will be in the Open Studios area on the show floor between Aisles 100 and 200 and Main. I will be doing two Shibori demos. Thursday November 3 from 2:00 until 4:00 and Friday November 4 from 12:00 until 2:00

I am also going to be in the Compass Centre Booth 524-525 on Wednesday evening November 2 (preview night for International Quilt Festival) signing patterns and Melissa will have kits of my patterns for sale!

Contact me if you have any questions!

Ok for this week’s winner of one designer roll of Shibori fabric:

Margaret Murphy Please send me your shipping information.

Leave a comment and share this blog for a chance to win some of my Shibori by Debbie Maddy for Moda fabric.

Here are the rules:

Leave a comment on this post = one entry

Post a picture of you and a shop employee beside my fabric line in a quilt shop = 2 entries Be sure to include the name and town of the quilt shop.

Share this blog post on Instagram or Facebook and tag me = 1 entry

Post a picture on Instagram or Facebook of an item other than a full quilt you have made with the fabric = 2 entries (Be sure to tag me and Moda Fabrics in the post)

Post a picture on Instagram or Facebook of a full quilt, lap or larger made with the fabric = 5 entries (be sure to tag me and Moda Fabrics in the post)

Shop owners when you receive the line of fabric, show a picture of the fabric and tag me on Facebook or Instagram and I will send you a set of the 5 patterns that feature the line free of charge.

I will post a winner on my blog each Friday. You must check the blog each Friday to see if you are a winner. I will need your shipping information.

Remember: Always tag me and Moda Fabrics in the posts so I can see it and add your name to the list.

Good luck to all who play the game.

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Winner for this week

The winner in the Shibori give away this week is Jeanne Kuchelmeister.

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Learn to make your own Shibori fabrics and week two of my Shibori excitement give away.

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I have been teaching Shibori and Indigo dyeing classes and I want to give you some dates and places where I will be teaching in the future. I am excited to be at Art Retreat on the Prairie in November. This is a fabulous event put on by Vivi Magoo. Barb and Erin invite top notch instructors and put on a fabulous event with classes and meals and wine and great memories. I will be teaching Ice dyeing and Indigo dyeing on November 5 & 6, 2017. it is held in Round Top, Texas. Here is the link to the classes.

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I really hope to see you there.

If you can not make that I will be giving two demonstrations at Quilt Festival in Houston on November 3 & 4, 2017. I will have more detailed information on those demos coming soon.

I am continuing my give away so be sure to read the rules and help me spread the word about my fabric line with Moda.

Last week I gave away a Junior Layer Cake of my new fabric. This week I will give away a charm pack. Be sure to read the rules so your name will be in the pot when I draw!

On January 1, 2017 the grand prize winner will receive a $100 gift certificate for their favorite quilt shop that carries my fabric line.  Here are the rules:

Leave a comment on this post = one entry

Post a picture of you and a shop employee beside my fabric line in a quilt shop = 2 entries Be sure to include the name and town of the quilt shop.

Share this blog post on Instagram or Facebook and tag me = 1 entry

Post a picture on Instagram or Facebook of an item other than a full quilt you have made with the fabric = 2 entries (Be sure to tag me and Moda Fabrics in the post)

Post a picture on Instagram or Facebook of a full quilt, lap or larger made with the fabric = 5 entries (be sure to tag me and Moda Fabrics in the post)

Shop owners when you receive the line of fabric, show a picture of the fabric and tag me on Facebook or Instagram and I will send you a set of the 5 patterns that feature the line free of charge.

I will post a winner on my blog each Friday. You must check the blog each Friday to see if you are a winner. I will need your shipping information.

Remember: Always tag me and Moda Fabrics in the posts so I can see it and add your name to the list.

Good luck to all who play the game.

Debbie

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The winner for the first week of my new fabric give away

 

The first winner in my Shibori Celebration give away is:

Lana Manis

Lana send me an email with all of your contact information so I can send you a Junior Layer Cake of Shibori fabric.
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I am going to start with new names next week, but I will keep the list from this week for the final gift of the $100 gift certificate for the quilt shop of your choice.

Here are the rules so you know what to do.

Be sure to tag me in you comments and shares etc.

Leave a comment on this post = one entry

Post a picture of you and a shop employee beside my fabric line in a quilt shop = 2 entries Be sure to include the name and town of the quilt shop.

Share this blog post on Instagram or Facebook and tag me = 1 entry

Post a picture on Instagram or Facebook of an item other than a full quilt you have made with the fabric = 2 entries (Be sure to tag me and Moda Fabrics in the post)

Post a picture on Instagram or Facebook of a full quilt, lap or larger made with the fabric = 5 entries (be sure to tag me and Moda Fabrics in the post)

Shop owners when you receive the line of fabric, show a picture of the fabric and tag me on Facebook or Instagram and I will send you a set of the 5 patterns that feature the line free of charge.

I will post a winner on my blog each Friday. You must check the blog each Friday to see if you are a winner. I will need your shipping information.

Remember: Always tag me and Moda Fabrics in the posts so I can see it and add your name to the list.

Good luck to all who play the game.

Debbie

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My fabric is shipping! How about a giveaway?


Lets have a giveaway to celebrate my new fabrics!blog-shibori-collage

Finally I can say it: “My fabric is shipping to a quilt shop near you”. I am very excited about this line of fabric because it is new and fresh. It works for contemporary and traditional quilts. It is also fabulous for home decorating projects. Just think about pillows, table linens, aprons and on and on.

I want to celebrate until January 1, 2017

I have lots of gifts for the winners.

shibori-giveawaysStarting this Friday September 17, 2016 I will give away a prize each Friday until January 1, 2017. I have Layer Cakes, Jelly Roll, Fat Quarters, Charm pack,  Moda Candy and patterns to give away.

On January 1, 2017 the grand prize winner will receive a $100 gift certificate for their favorite quilt shop that carries my fabric line.  Here are the rules:

Leave a comment on this post = one entry

Post a picture of you and a shop employee beside my fabric line in a quilt shop = 2 entries Be sure to include the name and town of the quilt shop.

Share this blog post on Instagram or Facebook and tag me = 1 entry

Post a picture on Instagram or Facebook of an item other than a full quilt you have made with the fabric = 2 entries (Be sure to tag me and Moda Fabrics in the post)

Post a picture on Instagram or Facebook of a full quilt, lap or larger made with the fabric = 5 entries (be sure to tag me and Moda Fabrics in the post)

Shop owners when you receive the line of fabric, show a picture of the fabric and tag me on Facebook or Instagram and I will send you a set of the 5 patterns that feature the line free of charge.

I will post a winner on my blog each Friday. You must check the blog each Friday to see if you are a winner. I will need your shipping information.

Remember: Always tag me and Moda Fabrics in the posts so I can see it and add your name to the list.

Good luck to all who play the game.

Debbie

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Japan Trip-More Indigo, Food & Ikebana

As usual, Bryan started the day with pictures and a history of Japanese textiles and dyeing, whetting our appetites for the projects to be assigned that day.

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We were even able to get inspiration from the floor cushions that we sat on.

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He gave us our assignment for the day and we got to work.

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There was always time for another “foodie” experience and one day we went to a Korean restaurant where the food was delicious and served boiling hot in clay pots.

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Again, we did not think about taking notes so we cannot remember what all we ate. (Another reason we must go back-so we can fill in our notebooks with this important information!!!) We can only remember that it was good and we were stuffed when we left.

The atmosphere was rustic with a lot of interesting items spaced throughout as decorations.

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Debbie liked the color and design of the cooks’ aprons.

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Hiro is not only an excellent cook but he is also a master ikebana flower arranger. Ikebana is a disciplined art form with specific rules of construction. One afternoon Hiro gave us an abbreviated lesson in the principles of the art and then had each of us choose from a variety of flowers and natural items to try our hand at arranging. We had varying degrees of success (and failure). It was part of our education in another aspect of Japanese culture and a fun afternoon involving a different kind of activity.

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Most of our workshop was centered strictly around indigo dyeing, but we did get to try some dyeing with hibiscus and madder, overdyeing some scarves to achieve various shades of indigo, red, yellow, green and purple.

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Doesn’t Debbie make a great model for her scarf?

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So that we did not get cabin fever, Bryan often planned small outings (like the Korean restaurant) including walks around the area he lived. We walked to a house being built by an attorney friend who lives in Tokyo and plans on using the house as an artist’s retreat. It is an architectural gem with all kinds of interesting features.

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As usual, our walks were through truly beautiful areas. During our time there it was often raining with low fog which made everything green and fresh.

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Momo needed her nap. It was tiring keeping up with a house full of strangers.

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One night Hiro cooked salt encrusted steaks on the outdoor open grill. To these Texans who know their steaks, they were outstanding. Steak and wine or sake around the campfire was a special treat.

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You will want to watch for our next blog which includes the silk farming process, udon noodle making, weaving and yarn dyeing.

Debbie and David

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Japan Trip Indigo Workshop-Field Trip

Each day contained more dyeing lessons and learning new techniques. Bryan often showed more of his collection, which included examples of what we would be learning to do.

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We could not help getting excited about the artistry and level of creativity involved in these fabrics. He pointed out which techniques we would be learning.

The following pictures are examples of some of the work we did in the workshop.

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Bryan in one of his cut up moments, modeling one of the classes scarves.

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One of the field trips was to a nearby chicken restaurant. We had the image of the typical chicken fast food joint in mind (or if you are from North Texas, think “Babes”) and what a surprise when we walked into this oasis of tranquility.

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When we entered we realized this was not the typical U.S. restaurant, irregardless of the menu. The grounds were comprised of about a dozen separate buildings, each one containing a single dining room for one group of people. The buildings were separated by beautiful gardens, bridges and water features.

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Eventually we arrived at our group’s house and dining room.

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Observing Japanese custom, we removed our shoes in the foyer and then entered the dining room. This time there were chairs to sit in rather than on cushions around a low table.

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Two of the walls were all glass, looking out onto the gardens which were lit after dark.

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Debbie of course noticed the design on the chair cushions.

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Each dining house had its own serving staff who dressed in traditional Japanese style and moved between the house and wherever the kitchen was. We were served numerous courses, some of which we could not identify (we’ll take better notes next time) but all were delicious. Some of them follow:

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Of course chicken was the main event. A server brought in a bucket of hot coals and poured them into the depressions in the middle the table. They then brought in potatoes and chicken on skewers which we then each grilled.

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Dessert was semi-sweet bean paste wrapped in green tea, a nice ending to a great dinner. The Japanese are not big on sweets and this treat was about as sweet as we would encounter.

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The evening ended with a group of very full diners winding their way back to the parking lot detouring at a small museum at the restaurant where we saw some antique samurai costumes.

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This little one was for sale at the entry.

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There is still more dyeing fun to come as well as our class in ikebana flower arranging. Watch for the next post.

Debbie and David

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Japan Trip-Stencil Dyeing-Part 2

This post continues with our day in Hachioji at Noguchi-San’s home/studio where we learned more about the art of katazome and were able to apply our hand at this century’s old art.

This was the door to a fire house we passed on our way

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and Debbie found another example of the artistry used in such mundane things as a manhole cover.

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This was a piece we did with stencils we prepared using rice resist paste and paper impregnated with persimmon juice. The stencils were soaked in water before we used them.

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Debbie and Meg hard at work-concentrating so hard!!

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Once the cloth is ready it is dried outside in the yard. These are the kimono bolt length boards with several of our projects on each. Normally each board would have one continuous length of cloth.

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The dye vats were set into the ground in a building separate from that of the shed where the stencils were applied. Malou is dipping her fabric.

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Debbie learned this is not a good position to dye from when one’s glasses are hanging from one’s collar. Oops!!!!

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A gracious host makes everything right again.

Noguchi-san emptied the indigo vat to retrieve Debbie’s glasses.

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David preferred a stool.

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 Notice the vats are set down into the ground to keep the dye warm in the winter. Noguchi-san is a very limber man. I envy him his mobility.

Once the stenciled cloth had been dipped the appropriate number of times, it was removed, rinsed out and hung out in the yard with these results.

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Always time for a lesson. Bryan showed us some of Noguchi-san’s collection of stencils and work and a copy of a publication including his work.

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This is an antique piece that was pale to begin with and has faded some with time.

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These were some other examples of dye work. If you are a fabric-holic and appreciate fine work you can understand why Debbie was drooling over these pieces.

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This was a day we will never forget and truly one of the highlights of the trip. Thank you Noguchi-san for your work and gracious hospitality and to Bryan for the foresight to befriend this enormous talent. Well- we are not finished learning and dyeing, so more examples of our work next posting and and an interesting visit to the chicken restaurant. Yes, this was quite a field trip and made for a wonderful and educational evening.

See you next time.

Debbie and David

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