Monday, November 4, 2013

The Printed Fabric Bee: Orange Circles and a Fabric Giveaway

In an earlier post, I mentioned that I'm a part of an online group called The Printed Fabric Bee. For the next year we all have a turn at being the Queen Bee. The Queen decides on a fabric theme for the month and the rest of the Hive gets to work! Lynn Krawczyk was the Queen for the month of October. Her theme request was orange circles.

Some test prints before jumping in to do the final pieces.

 After a couple of false starts, I decided to work with some coffee dyed fabric. Lynn says she's into that 70's palette of brown, orange and avocado green. Not a big fan of that combo myself but decided that the tan of the coffee fabric would be a great start (and close to brown). Next I decided to use some of the techniques that will be featured in my now-in-process book, Fabric Printing at Home. I printed a slightly darker tan background texture using a block made from rolled corrugated cardboard strips. This was followed by printing with orange fabric paint using a carved turnip! I did two versions of the fabric. One of them has the addition of some hand painted details in blue and dark brown.

Version without the hand painted details.

Each month, the group offers a drawing for 6" x 6" versions of the fabrics produced in the month's theme. Leave a comment by midnight, November 10th at The Printed Fabric Bee page or on Lynn Krawczyk's blog if you'd like to be eligible to win. The winner will be announced on November 11.

Here is the fabric pack that you can win!

For November, I'm Queen Bee and I've asked for blue spirals for my theme. I can't wait to see my fabrics!