Dyeing with Marigolds

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Freshly picked marigolds.

Dyeing with Marigolds

About twenty years ago now I did a special graduate school project where I took dried marigold heads and started a Thirty Day Dye Vat based upon Nest Rubio's article from Shuttle Spindle Dye Pot, Spring 1993, where she did the same thing only with madder root!

The result was a stunning range of reds from her vat and a stunning range of yellows to brassy greens from my vat.

Join me in the next thirty-two days as I recreate this vat using fresh marigolds from my garden (that will be dried first to maximize the color extraction) on my blog for this journey! 

Giving Away Classes this Week!

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Join my Facebook group Almost Stitched to win a place in one of my online classes!

All you have to do is join the Almost Stitched and post an original comment to the pinned post (do not comment on someone else's comment) for a chance to win! I'll be announcing the details when I post the giveaway.

Today I'll be giving away four seats in my online class Earth and Sky

Plus you'll get to see what I'm working on ahead of my trip to Seymour, Iowa this coming weekend!
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Birthday Blowout!

I’m celebrating my 52nd birthday this month, starting with a storewide sale 23% off ALL Online Classes and eBooks!

I’ll ALSO be giving away seats in select online courses starting on Monday the 24th!

And back by popular demand I will be hosting a 20 Day Bird Challenge that will focus on Whimsical Birds! Cost and Start Date to be announced Next Week. Join my Newsletter to learn more about the Challenge!

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Solo Show and Summertime Savings!

 Field Notes and Test Plots can currently be seen hanging at the  Sanford Museum and Planetarium  in Cherokee, IA, until August 31st.

Field Notes and Test Plots can currently be seen hanging at the Sanford Museum and Planetarium in Cherokee, IA, until August 31st.

Hot Temperatures means Hot Deals!

Take advantage of the hot summer temperatures and fire up some dye pots, or paint some fabric with earth pigments. 

Now through August 20th, EVERYTHING is 40% OFF Storewide!

The discount is applied at check out so you won't have to mess with any codes!

Check out my website for online classes, eBooks, videos, and more!  

I Lost My Why!

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I've been doing a whole lot of thinking the past two weeks, because a whole lot has happened since the beginning of this year. Some of it is good, some of it was bad, and some of it was down right ugly. 

That said, I've been doing some hard core thinking, and realized I had lost my "Why".  

This past week I've been seriously ill with a nasty head cold that settled in my lungs, which set me into an asthma attack from which I've yet to recover. This has forced me to rest, I've been so exhausted that until today I haven't even been able to sit quietly and read one of the many books on my table.

I'm still not sure why I lost my "Why", however, after some reading this afternoon I now have a new "Why". God truly does work in mysterious ways. 

So there will be some major changes in the very near future coming my way, which includes a move out of state, a new blog... to be announced soon, and a new book on a topic I would have never guessed I would be writing about! Stay tuned!

[LIVE STREAM EVENT] Plastered Fabric

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Learn How to Create Plastered Fabrics!

I will be live streaming at 7pm CST this evening, I will be demonstrating how to create plastered fabrics, wine not required, and then surfacing some of the fabrics I created earlier with pigments, ochres, etc.

I hope you will join me, looking forward to hanging out this evening! ~ Kimberly

PS: It's Free!

Click here to join me this evening! Almost Stitched

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Preliminary sketches. I'm creating a new series, for an upcoming show in mid-March based upon the colors and textures of local grain bins, silos, and elevators. Some of these structures are very old and are made of wood and other interesting materials.

I will be live streaming about this series this coming Saturday Evening at 7pm CST in my FB group Almost Stitched, it's free to join!

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Earth and Sky Starts Monday!!!

Have you always wanted to create an original body of art, but didn't know where to start,or thought it might be boring?

It doesn't have to be hard, or boring!

How do I know this? Because I have created no less than ten separate bodies of work in the past 20+ years.

So maybe you're thinking "But Kimberly you've been at this for a long time, I'll never be able to do what you do." That's okay I don't expect you to do what I do. In fact I believe that by learning what I have learned, about creating a series, you'll surpass me and by a long shot!

In this eight week class you will learn how to use color, design, study landscapes, etc., to create your own body of original art. I will also discuss how to display your art for maximum presentation. 

All Class content is downloadable so you get to keep it for life! We also have a FaceBook classroom where I live stream, you can ask questions, share your creations, struggles, and more.

Join me for Earth and Sky, where we will explore color, texture, landscapes, and more, to create your own unique body of art!

Register Today and SAVE 30%

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Join me for Earth and Sky!

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EARTH AND SKY: FROM SKETCH TO STITCH A MINI MASTER CLASS  


LIFETIME ACCESS TO THE CLASS

NOTE: Because of the intensity of this class I am limiting the number of spaces available to 30 students!!!

NOTE Prerequisite for this class is: Experience painting fabric with earth pigments, ochres, clay, and charcoal OR my online classes Colors of the Earth and/or Pretty Pigments.

Earth and Sky is an Eight Week Mini Master Class divided into 2 Four Week modules with a One Week break in between the two modules.

During this course students will learn how to create a series of work(s) using your own voice using earth pigments, clays, ochres, charcoal, etc., to create a new body of work.

From Sketch to Stitch! Students will take their original concept from their original sketches based upon landscapes, create the art cloth, and then stitching them to create this new body of work.

On average students will create 8-10 pieces for a new series of work.

Module 1: Sketch, Draw, Paint, Surface Design

Break Week

Module 2: Sketch, Surface Design, Stitch, Embellish

Surface Design Techniques:

  • Earth Pigments
  • Mixed Media Techniques using charcoal, conte, pastels, etc. on top of the earth pigment layer.
  • Free hand machine stitching/embroidery
  • Hand Stitching
  • Embellishment Techniques

Subjects Covered:

  • Working in a series
  • Composition
  • Creating and planning your series
  • Color and texture especially with stitch, when and how to use.
  • Surface Design
  • Embellishment and Displaying your final pieces.

Lifetime Access to the Class

Too Cheerful

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Well I've been working on my series At the Marsh and somehow this bright and cheerful piece came out of the end of my brush. 

It's too cheerful for my current series, which is more somber in tone, so I'm setting it aside to be stitched later. In the meantime I have gobs of stitching to do in anticipation of two solo shows I'm hanging the first week of January.