The drawing is concluded. Any comments left now (after 5 pm Saturday) will be appreciated but won’t be in the drawing. The lucky winner (chosen by a random number generator on the internet) is comment number 16, Sylvia! I’ll email you directly.
Sometimes the right book comes along at the right time. For me, Intentional Printing by Lynn Krawczyk was that book. Lynn is funny (love her Facebook posts), creative and has been able in her book to get me (and hopefully you) to just “fling some paint” and have fun making cloth you will actually USE. So I’m going to tell you a bit about her book. Then I’m going to send you over to her website and blog: if you’d like to win a copy of her book, comment here by 5 pm East Coast Time on Saturday, October 18th (that’s SOON), and tell me something that you liked about her website and/or blog. Here’s her site, Smudged Textiles Studio and her blog. Read on!
For years now I’ve been buying books about dyeing fabric and surface design, yet I do precious little (almost no) surface design in my own work. So WHY do I keep buying the books? There must be some deep desire to make my own cloth in a way that goes beyond dyeing fabric. Many of the books I’ve purchased are intimidating: so much to do, so many options, too many supplies, too much set up and clean up time.
With Lynn’s book, which is about paint (not dye), all of a sudden I got up and started DOING. No fuss, perhaps some mess (the fun kind), and productive work that has got me to develop a whole new workshop that combines the best parts of a class I used to teach (and eliminated because I hated teaching the other parts of the class) with Lynn’s approach to paint on cloth.
Lynn discovered that the pieces she made just didn’t quite work, didn’t fit what she wanted to do. So she figured out how she could work to create pieces she wanted to use, was inspired to use, while keeping the spontaneity of the process intact. The chapters of the book are:
- Chapter 1: Exploring Intentional Printing
- Chapter 2: Tools and Materials
- Chapter 3: Fabric Printing Techniques
- Chapter 4: Handstitching
- Chapter 5: Layered Printing
- Chapter 6: The Projects
- Acknowledgments, Resources and Index
Inspired by this book, I worked up two pieces that you’ve seen recently on this blog, The Nest and my X and O (Hugs and Kisses?) pieces that I’ll be teaching in the Fiber on a Whim Booth at International Quilt Festival in a mere two weeks! Here’s a link to more information about my mini-class and to my thermofax screens blogpost (and to Fiber on a Whim where you can ORDER those screens!) Once you see the inside of the book, you’ll see Lynn’s X and O piece, which must have been in my subconscious when I made mine!
What I really liked was that Lynn’s approach can work for the way I use fabric. So many of the surface design books are by people for whom the fabric and the process are the be-all and end-all. Once the cloth is done, no more needs to be done. But I don’t like abstract stuff very much, and I don’t think the cloth is the artwork (for me! if it is for you, that’s great, but it’s not what I want to do), it is something that goes into creating the art. With Lynn’s book, the cloth can be the goal and the finished product, OR it can be a component that goes in to the artwork.
In The Nest, for example, I used a couple techniques Lynn covers in creating the background fabric, the nest, and the eggs. In a quilt that I will share with you next week, Insalata, I dyed the fabric for the background but it just wasn’t quite enough. So I used paint and a couple stencils to create background texture that got the fabric from “pretty good” to “just right.” That’s exactly what Lynn’s book is about: getting the fabric you need for the idea in your head / the project you want to make.
For novices to surface design, this book is a great start. For folks like me who have tried it some but just weren’t jazzed, this book is a great way to help focus random flinging of paint into a process that will give you something with which to create (instead of a pile of “what am I going to do with that now?” cloth). HIGHLY Recommended!
So if you want to WIN A COPY, here’s what to do: go to Lynn’s website and blog, Then come back here and leave a comment by 5 pm East Coast Time on Saturday, October 18th (that’s SOON), and tell me something that you liked about her website and/or blog. Here’s her site, Smudged Textiles Studio and her blog. I’ll post the winner probably on Sunday–Eli has a Cross Country meet that will last all day Saturday. ENJOY!
And thank you Lynn for offering a copy of your book…I LOVE IT!