Detail from "Rain Dance," an original quilt by Sherrie Spangler

Saturday, September 21, 2013

More scarves


I just had a flurry of scarf-making activity and then had fun photographing them outside with my daughter and playing with shadows.


The motivation to make them came from a remarkable coincidence involving a gift shop owner in Brodhead, WI, who contacted my blog friend tiedyejudy in Arizona after seeing her scarves online. Judy, who had learned to make the Sulky Solvy scarves from my blog posts, didn't have time to fill more orders but put the shop owner in contact with me.

Imagine my surprise when I learned she was in Brodhead, which is where my art quilt friend Judi Kane lived before moving to Oregon. Judi recently passed away, but before she died she gave all of her dying supplies to Sheila, a mutual friend of ours who also used to live in Wisconsin but is now in Idaho and used to have a fabric dying business with Judi. Sheila had recently dyed this gradation ...  


... from the dye recipe she and Judi developed when they were in Brodhead. So she sent me some of the luscious fabric and I made a scarf from it to send back to Brodhead. A full circle. And, to boot, the shop owner actually KNEW Judi about 10 years ago through a gallery in Brodhead.


I tried out some of my yarns with the fabric and decided to just use a few snippets of yarn and fabric sandwiched between a water-soluble stabilizer. I put parchment paper under and on top of the scarf sandwich and ironed with a hot, dry iron to seal the layers together. In the past I've safety pinned the layers together, but it's quicker to iron them. (This probably wouldn't work if you had a lot of fabric and yarn in the scarf.)


And here is the finished, airy, breezy scarf:




More scarves from the week of sewing:




Ironed and ready to sew.

Sewing a grid to hold layers together.

After sewing and rinsing the soluble stabilizer away.


The final result.


Hop on over to Nina Marie's Off the Wall Fridays at http://ninamariesayre.blogspot.com/ to see what other fiber artists have been up to in the past week.


Have a colorful day


7 comments:

Nina Marie said...

wowwsy! these are fabulous!! Off the Wall is still open today if you want to share!

tiedyejudy said...

Love 'em, Sherrie! May they bring great enjoyment to the lucky folks who buy them in WI! Hope you get lots more orders... now I need to try pressing between layers of parchment to see how I like that compared to pinning!

The Idaho Beauty said...

Lookin' good! I shared the full circle story with Rhonda today & she agrees - Judi definitely was orchestrating this from above.

Judy Ferguson said...

Love those scarves, as usual. Need to make some.

The Inside Stori said...

What a joy to read about the Brodhead connections and to see your beautiful creation..... I too have a Brodhead connection.....we had a weekend home along the river there for about 20 years. I met Judi when she worked at the local bank. She mentioned she was a quilter after she recognized my name. Small world.....
Mary Stori, now living in Clyde, NC

Living to work - working to live said...

Lovely scarves. Must try that technique - I've used it in my Abscission pieces.

john Brent said...

Lovely scarves and very unique in style...
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