Thursday, May 31, 2012

Fabric Stash 053112

I'm still sorting through my fabric stash of natural and compost dyed fabrics trying to find a lost piece of pigment painted fabric.  I still haven't found the piece I'm looking for, I may just have to repaint some fabric so that I can work on my project!

Corn No. 50

On a warm background.

On a cream matt board background, it actually looks a lot warmer in person am still learning where everything is stored at in Photoshop CS6!

8.5x11 inches framed/finished to 11x14x2 inches.
Compost/Eco Dyed cotton and silk fabric, constructed silk cloth, machine stitched.

On display for the teacher show at the CIAA/Fisher in Marshalltown, IA

eBook Issue Resolved!!!

I found out this afternoon that some of the eBooks on CD are no longer working with the latest version of Adobe Acrobat (Mac version) if you bought one of my eBooks on disc and it is not working to please let me know when you bought the book(s) and I'll send a digital download instead.

Mark Making with Nature eBook is available for digital download in my shop!!!

eBook Issues Resolved!!!

I found out this afternoon that some of the eBooks on CD are no longer working with the latest version of Adobe Acrobat (Mac version) if you bought one of my eBooks on disc and it is not working to please let me know when you bought the book(s) and I'll send a digital download instead.

Mark Making with Nature eBook is available for digital download in my shop!

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

WIP - Corn No. 50

Yes it really IS assymetrical!  It's waiting for it's frame.

Inspiration on the Hoof

WIP - Bins

Will add more color, layers, and texture tomorrow, am much happier with hit now though, as compared to the earlier post from today.

Sorting Fabric

Sorting fabrics for future projects, and more specifically looking for a piece of pigment painted fabric that I've been really wanting to work with in a new project.

Rust dyed commercial fabrics from 2005/06 sitting atop a pile of hand painted fabrics from 2003-2006.  The log cabin block piece I made back in 1994 when I took a hand dyeing class from Priscilla Sage at Iowa State University.

Bound Resist fabrics, top, from 1994 and screen printed hand dyed fabrics from 2005.

Some of my older hand dyed and hand painted fabrics that I've been sorting through for various projects.
A pink piece I made from my screen printing squeegie scrapings, from a class I took with Tim McIllrath in 1994.

WIP- Bins

Charcoal on gesso on baltic birch plywood.

This is the second time I've tried painting over charcoal, ok I'm using a brush to paint with, and I have to admit I absolutely loathe it!  First off I find myself wanting to paint 'inside' the lines like a coloring book, mistake number one, and secondly I keep expecting my brush to respond like my palette knife and well we all know that's not going to happen, mistake number two.  So when the first coat of paint is done drying I'm planning to go at it again with my palette knife and this time ignore those line!

Acrylic on baltic birch plywood.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

The Cloud

Decided to make some program upgrades this past week, and finally decided to subscribe to Adobe's Creative Cloud, instead of buying the CS6 outright.  Am currently downloading the programs of my choice, yeah, and am hoping to roll out the newest book, with imbedded video no less, sometime next month!

Thursday, May 24, 2012

In Today's Email!!!

It's emails like this one that make really make my day, my week actually!!!

Dear Kimberley:

I downloaded the 4 book e-package last night. Just wanted to thank you and let you know that the process worked very smoothly. The download went without a hitch – even on my sometimes glitchy laptop. The books look very professional and crammed with great information. Now to find time to read and learn!

Best wishes,


Thank you so much Jenny for your kind words!  I can't wait to see what your results!!!

Jenny has been rust dyeing some already, check out her work on her blog sevengablehouseart

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

The Deer Slayer

I made this piece as part of a xmas xchange a couple of years back... am planning to make more crow cards this week as I really enjoyed making this one.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

It's Clean!!!

Looks like the other photo doesn't want to upload... oh well.  My studio, aka formerly known as the dining room, is now cleaned and organized, I'm showing a view of the path from the main studio, aka formly known as the living room, into the kitchen.  It was inhabited by a very large dresser taking up most of the path space, the dresser is now living in our guest room, that is in serious need of organization!

Corn No.'s 45, 46, and 47 - Framed

No. 47 - SOLD!!! - $250.00
Framed to 8x8x2 inches.

Corn No. 46 - SOLD - $250.00
Framed to 8x8x2 inches

Corn No. 45 - SOLD - $250.00

Framed to 8x8x2 inches

Studio Cleaned!

I took some photos, for the sake of I now have evidence that my studio can be not only clean BUT clutter free! 

Thomas finally came downstairs to join us, I'm not sure but I think he was in shock to see the big open spaces.

And then he discovered that the front door was open.  I'll take more photos later, looks like I have a big ole thumb print on the lense again.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Corn Series

Corn No. 41 and No. 42

Corn No. 43 and No. 44

I've been meaning to post these, they've been on my table for close to a year now. 
Natural dyed and earth pigment painted cotton fabric, machine stitched.

No. 45 Redux

Corn No. 45 - Redux, I didn't like the original grain bin so I undid some of the stitching and turned it into a short fat silo, I'm much happier now!

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Peony with Ant

Garden 051212

Taking a break, spent most of the day outside finalizing garden plans, planted cucumbers, helped John to unbury our stash of wooden fence posts (for my new fence) and retrieve old decking material for constructing more raised beds.  Above: John tilling the north garden with our trusty tiller Rotilla the Hun! 

Thursday, May 10, 2012


When I woke him up and asked him if he wanted me to move Pepper so he could go to bed, all I got was "ummm". Needless to say they are still sitting in the chair, both sound asleep.

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Cottonwood Stand

A beginning sketch on cotton fabric, more pen and ink and then some stitching and then maybe I'll rust and compost it for some additional color.

My favorite Sycamore Tree.

Stand of Cottonwood Trees at Bjorkboda Marsh

Sunday, May 06, 2012

Seedling Protection

John made this "cage" for me, it has screenwire mesh for the sides, to protect my seedlings from the chipmunks, mice, and birds.  He used reclaimed cedar, from a fence we salvaged, for the structure. 

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Yeppers I have a big ole crab apple tree smack in the middle of my garden, and a grape vine on the west side of the garden.  So far I've planted peas and pole beans, the biggest obstacle was getting the fence set back up.  Looks like it'll be dry enough, late next week, to plant my cold crops and cukes.

Friday, May 04, 2012

Untitled WIP No. 45

Needs more stitching.  I started this piece this evening, not bad for a day with no stitching or creating blocked out the schedule!

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Pear Tree Dye Project

The wind took out my beloved pear tree last week, so this week we will be cutting it up into managable pieces, the leaves, bark, and smaller limbs will be used for dyeing fabric and yarn.  Am thinking of breaking out the large cast iron cauldron and making up a large dye vat.

eBook Sale ends this Sunday!

eBook Spring Sale ends this coming Sunday!  It's time to start those natural dye and rust dye bundles with this years botanical wonders!

Spring eBook Sale Ends this Sunday!!!

eBooks Sale ends this coming Sunday! Spring is here it's time to make those dye bundles with natures bounty!