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Sew Much Dyeing Going On!

Forgive me for not posting recently, somehow I find myself always saying I will do a blog post and then I get side tracked with dyeing fabric or sewing more quilts!  I promise to keep you informed though! 

A couple weekends ago I was so lucky to teach a two day Intro to Shibori dye class at Charlevoix Circle of Arts in Charlevoix, Michigan.   I had an amazing class, my students asked tons of great questions and really took my advice and ended up making some gorgeous pieces!  

The first day I devoted to teaching them about 4 basic Japanese resist techniques.  Everyone got to practice on cotton fabric and I got to go around the class and help out so they really understood where the resist would be and where the dye would take on each fabric.  

 

 

The second day the students took what they learned from the first day and really explored with unique methods of resisting fabric.  They also brought in clothing and pillow cases to dye.  It was a really wonderful weekend. 


 

Two of my students from the class hired me to make their dyed pieces into blankets!  They turned out so beautiful and I am pretty sure they couldn’t be more happy with the work that they produced!

 

I will be teaching more classes this fall.  Look for updates here and on my Facebook or Instagram!

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Spring, A Good Time For New Beginnings

As most of you know by now, my website was hacked in January while I was on a 6 week trip out West.  Not fun, especially because I always would rather be dyeing fabric or sewing so I put off fixing the issues till now.  I apologize for the inconveniences it may have caused!

I have a new website I am currently tweaking the layout of now.  I have switched my store back to Etsy for the time being because I have found 90% of my business is commission based, so it is easier to just let Etsy do the work for me basically!

A lot has happened in the first few months of 2017!  To start I had 14 quilts and 4 table runners in an art show at the Crooked Tree Arts Center in Traverse City, Michigan for a month.  It was a great show and I really enjoyed being a part of it!  Below are a few photos from the show!

I was lucky enough to tag along on a photography trip to Telluride, Colorado, Moab, Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah and Jackson, Wyoming this winter.  It was an incredible trip and I promise to post about it and show photographs because I was insanely inspired by it!

Thanks for being so patient with me! I  will be blogging more regularly and updating everyone on what I have been doing!

                                                                            xxx     Kathryn Marie

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Summer Season is Busy in the Studio!

I wanted to give a little beginning of summer season update.  My studio has been extremely busy, I started selling items at Spice Harbor in Harbor Springs, Michigan and have been trying to keep up with items geared towards summer folks and balance commissions as well as adding some updates to my etsy shop.

Below are some photographs of my recent finished products.  All of the below items are currently for sale.  If  you see something you are interested in please contact me at Kathrynmariedesignco@gmail.com.  I can also custom make State wallhangings for whatever state you live in or love!

Enjoy the photos!

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Michigan Quilted Wallhanging made with my Anchors and Waves print on a linen cotton blend, my Trowel Mirror print on kona cotton and Shibori dyed kona cotton, finished with  rust colored hand quilting.  The two fabrics used in Michigan are for sale on in my Spoonflower shop.

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 Evolution of Strawberry quilt, tea dyed kona cotton and hand applique strawberries with sketchy quilting and hand beading. This quilt is on display currently at the Wisconsin Museum of Quilt & Fiber Arts for their Strawberry Competition show.


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Natural Elements King size quilt, hand dyed shibori indigo kona cotton, black tea dyed kona cotton and black walnut husk dyed kona cotton.  Finished with machine quilting and hand quilting in a contrasting rust thread.  The back is shibori indigo dyed.  This quilt is currently available on my etsy shop.

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Americana Table or Bed Runner, designed by me using kona cotton solids.  This runner is for sale, currently at Spice Harbor in Harbor Springs, MI.

This is just a sneak peak into my studio for the past couple weeks, I have sewn quite a bit more than I am showing, but I don’t want to overload my readers with photos.  More to come soon!

Thanks for stopping by!

                                                                                                                     xx Kathryn Marie