Before we jump into today's fabric news I just want to note that orders placed between now and Thursday will be shipped Friday morning. I'm off for a couple of days to help a friend with a mosaic project. I'm so happy to make a mosaic mess at someone else's house for a change!
Shibori week in the studio is always fun. These fabrics are really labor intensive but I'm totally mesmerized by the beautiful textures that only come from pole-wrapped shibori. I'm especially pleased by the results of last week's session. There's a bit of everything from moon reflections on water to a wispy moon texture. The Stash Packs (8 fat eighths) sell fast so of you want one get it soon! There are only 4 Packs available. Check out all of the Shibori in the shop.
Fabric of the Week
Since Shibori is so often used in art quilts for sea and sky elements I wanted to offer another option for those elements as the fabric of the week. Sea and Sky Gradient is 20% off through Sunday!
Sharon Schutt used the Sea and Sky Gradient for the octopus element of her ocean themed quilt.
One of my first gradients was called Meadow Sunrise. It was very popular but I felt that it was just a little too dark. I've re-worked it into this new gradient called Frolic. The day I was editing the photos I saw some deer on the hill outside my sewing room window. It was a beautiful bright day and evoked exactly what I meant from this fabric. So in homage to the deer that have very happy lives here I named this one Frolic.
Here's an art quilt that Candace West made with the original Meadow Sunrise. I think the new version will also create a great background for a vibrant garden.
Fabric of the Week - Rose Petals
To help your art garden grow, I'm featuring the Rose Petal Shades Pack this week. Rose Petal is a pretty deep pink that will make beautiful flowers for your next floral-inspired project.
Rose Petals is 20% off through Sunday.
My favorite email to receive is one that starts "can you.....?" Sometimes the answer is "no" but often I get a great new product idea.
When I started producing the Reflections fabrics I was only thinking about pale colors for sky reflections. Then someone asked about dark water fabrics and green/brown reed fabric. Of course you always know best and they have proven to be popular! This week I've restocked the popular colors of the dark Reflections. I have new light versions coming soon!
Fabric of the Week
Morning Glory is a very popular gradient for pulling bloom colors for applique quilts, like Morning Glorified by Irma Lubbe. John Anderson's quilt shows how versatile the gradients are for simplifying making bargello quilts. Each strip in his bargello has only 3 seams!
Morning Glory is the fabric of the week and it's 20% off through Sunday.
All Galaxy fabrics are 25% off!
Galaxy fabrics are some of my favorite fabrics to use. They are 2 or 3 yard pieces that are created as a part on my ice dyeing process. I'll be ice dyeing again soon so it's time to clear out last summer's stock.
Galaxy fabrics are very textured and have lots of white space for contrast. I like to use them as borders or feature fabrics in my quilts. I used one in my Antelope Canyon quilt and pulled coordinating blues, greens and browns to set against the texture of the Galaxy fabric. In my Maine Quilt I used a Galaxy fabric as the border Apple Core pieces to pull the quilt elements together.
All Galaxy fabrics are 25% off this week! Use coupon code GALAXY25 at checkout.
Gradients back in stock
Riverside and Southwest gradients make such beautiful backgrounds! Riverside would also be wonderful cut into lovely leaves for applique.
Vacation week is over and it's time to get back to business. Honestly I feel so lucky that my business isn't affected by the shutdowns that I'm spending a lot of my work time dyeing and screen printing tea towels that I'm selling locally to benefit our local food pantry. The last batch of about 50 got ironed and photographed yesterday so today's news will be brief so I can get them posted, and hopefully sold soon! I'm sorry I can't sell them online at this time. I'm selling them in exchange for donation checks to the agency so dealing with online taxes and fees would be too complicated.
Fabric of the Week
The fabric of the week this week is the Claret Shades Pack. Shades Packs are 5 fat quarters in 5 shades of the color. If you order more than one set it will be custom dyed in larger cuts for you. I probably should have named this one Cranberry because it's a beautiful cranberry red! It's 20% off through Sunday.
New Stash Pack
One of the most popular Stash Packs was Canyonland in coppery oranges. As soon as it sold out I knew that I had to quickly dye a new set and Copper Mine is it! Stash Packs were designed with art quilters in mind. They have 10 fat eighths of very textured hand dyed fabrics. They are perfect for landscape quilts.
But I'm not an art quilter and I love the Stash Packs for scrappy traditional quilts, like this Hunter Star quilt made with the Crossroads and Good Earth Stash Packs.
You can check out Copper Mine and all the other Stash Packs in the shop.
If you need something get it in by Friday because there will be no shipping May 16 - 23.
Fabric of the Week
The fabric of the week this week is the entire line of Reflections fabrics! All in stock Reflections are 20% off using coupon code REFLECTIONS20 at checkout. Reflections were designed as landscape fabrics but they are perfect anywhere you want a lot of beautiful hand dyed texture.
New Gradient - Trumpet Vine
I love it when the Trumpet Vines bloom in my backyard. I've heard that they are considered an invasive species but I don't consider them invasive in my little world, I think they are beautiful. Plus they bring the hummingbirds into the back yard. Trumpet Vine Gradient is a wonderful bright (but not eye searing) gradient from orange-pink to deep gold: the beautiful colors of a Trumpet Vine bloom. I hope you like it!
Today's news is all about black. Black is one of the most difficult colors to dye but it's a color that I need because I use it a lot. Often you can get a good dark black but the current commercial black dyes don't really gradate to real grays. One of the suppliers used to have a wonderful black but it was discontinued several years ago. After a year of experiments, I was able to mix my own black that would gradate to beautiful light grays. It's a very precise mix of 5 colors and because it's a mix it does dye with some beautiful texture in all of the shades.
Today I want to highlight several different fabrics that are based on my custom black dye.
Fabric of the Week - Blue Morpho
Blue Morpho is another fabric that is made with my custom black dye and it's the fabric of the week this week. It's marked 20% off through Sunday (or until supplies last).
Patricia Caldwell made her Mystical Raven using the Blue Morpho gradient as the background.
Black Shades Packs are back!
Black Shades Packs are made with 8 steps because the darkest black is so black that you really don't get any good light grays in the traditional 5-step pack. The are offered in fat quarter and half yard sets but I can custom dye any size that you need and any number of steps that you need.
Stephanie Wilds made her portrait, The Prophet Bert, using a Black Shades Pack.
Also Available in Black
Also available in Black are these 2 gradients. The Black Gradient starts with the darkest shade on one edge and gradates through 6 lighter shades. The darkest gray in Gray Skies is the middle gray of the Black Gradient. (I hope that makes sense!). You get more of the lightest grays in this gradient.
Jane Sleeva used both the Black and Gray Skies gradients in her Perkins Quilt.
I wish I was one of those people who can write fun stories to go along with their newsletters. I'm particularly thinking of the creative people who write recipe blogs. They have paragraph after paragraph telling the story of the experiments and inspiration for the recipe. I'll be honest, I never read that stuff. I scroll right to the bottom to get the the recipe. But I do admire their writing creativity.
I'm not a storyteller. I'm a facts person and the fact is that I got to have some fun last week making some new Shibori fabrics using some new colors. That's it, there's no other story! But before we get to that I have a gradient as the fabric of the week.
Fabric of the Week - Apple Cider
Apple Cider is the fabric of the week this week and it's 20% off through Sunday. I love the deep, rich autumnal colors in this gradient. You could get a lot of different leaves from this one fabric. It could also be a bold sunset background. It's all up to your imagination!
I've been itching to dye more Shibori for a couple of months but there's always been some other priority. I finally couldn't wait any longer and set aside the day for Shibori dyeing last week. I had a fun time playing around with some new non-traditional colors. Each of these pieces is 1/2 yard.
If you prefer variety instead of large individual pieces there are these 4 Stash Packs. Each Stash Pack contains 8 fat eighths of Shibori. Each has a nice variety of color combinations. Marcy George used a Stash Pack of Shibori for her art quilt shield.
Check out all of the Shibori fabrics in the shop.
Many years ago I pursued a self-study program in color theory. I got completely obsessed about it, studying several textbooks, taking classes and even consulting with a local art professor about my thoughts on different systems. In the end I felt that the Munsell system was the most appropriate for use in design work. Most other systems are based on the colors that we mix, whether it's printer ink, dye or paint. Conversely the Munsell system is based on how we perceive color. It doesn't matter how the color is created. Instead it about how we uses the colors that we create (or buy). It just made sense to me and that's the system that I used to create my Color Wheel fabrics.
Color Wheel Basics
The Color Wheel Fabrics are a set of 10 fabrics based on the Munsell Color System and these fabrics are on sale every day for 20% off! There are fat eighth stash packs of light, medium and dark plus fat quarter and half yard sets of the dark sets. I can dye the fabrics for you in any size and the discount always applies.
In the Munsell system there are 5 primary colors (Red, Yellow, Green, Blue and Purple) and 5 secondary colors. I've created Shades Packs of each of the 10 color and these are also always 20% off!
Here are 2 quilts that have been made with the Color Wheel fabrics.
Stars at Sea is a quilt that I made using the Stars at Sea pattern by Swirly Girl. I believe I used one set of Fat Quarters for the stars and border on this quilt and, yes, it's been washed and the colors didn't bleed.
This beautiful quilt was made by Pat Ferguson using the Color Wheel palette with a deep dark purple for sashing.
The Color Wheel fabrics are a great way to introduce someone (or yourself) to the joys of using hand dyed fabrics.
Things are greening up beautifully here in Virginia and that got me in a green mood in the dye studio this week.
Fabric of the Week
What I want to do more than anything right now it to take some long hikes in our local state parks. But for now we are walking close to home and I'm admiring the local trees as they bloom and leaf out. To celebrate the greening of the trees I've selected the Forest Shades Pack as the fabric of the week. Through Sunday, the Forest Shades Pack is 20% off!
New Gradient - Oasis
Spring has also inspired a new gradient! Oasis is a bit of a mashup from two previous gradients, Abundance and Color Wheel Cool.
Mary Fyock used one of the previous version of this gradient as the centerpiece of her Butterfly Garden.
South Pacific is Back!
Do you need paler Spring colors? South Pacific might be the perfect choice for your next project and it's now back in stock!
I'm Vicki Welsh and I've been making things as long as I can remember. I used to be a garment maker but transitioned to quilts about 20 years ago. Currently I'm into fabric dyeing, quilting, Zentangle, fabric postcards, fused glass and mosaic. I document my adventures here.
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