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Tea Cozies off to Moscow

I sold two tea cozies this past weekend to a woman from Moscow! It makes me smile to think that one will warm her mother-in-law's teapot in Moscow, another her mother's teapot somewhere in France! She bought them from my "old" Etsy shop, which features screen-printed items for the home. The design began as a paper cutting. I call it my Haiku House finch Tea Cozy. The haiku reads: Curious house finch Tastes the ripe crabapple -- Daylight grows short.

Tea Cozies, immersion dyed and screen-printed on 100% cotton velveteen with fiber-reactive dyes © Kit Eastman

Tea Cozies, immersion dyed and screen-printed on 100% cotton velveteen with fiber-reactive dyes © Kit Eastman

I'm working on a new online shop that will feature my katazome work. If all goes smoothly, I plan to launch it sometime in November.

Considering a New Dye Brush

I need to purchase another jizomebake brush, used to brush dyes (or soy sizing) on larger areas of the cloth. I own one, but it would be helpful to have a somewhat smaller one to use only for colors. John Marshall is the only USA source for this as far as I can tell (see my sidebar Resources category). Yesterday I came across a wonderful article, Painting with Indigo by John Marshall, published in the Turkey Red Journal last spring  (links used by permission.) The article shows wonderful examples of John's expertise and unique style, and describes the uses of soy milk as a pigment binder for painting on textiles, specifically with indigo. In 2006, John sent out a small New Year's gift to his students (image below). This is one of a series of small pieces he created based upon the symbols of the Japanese zodiac. The work is about letter paper size, natural dyes on a slubby-textured silk, more like broadcloth than raw silk. 2006 was the year of the dog. I love the sweet, slightly mischievous expression on this dog's face! You can find more of these small works here.

Crows for BirdxBird 2009

Crow 1 - dyes & pigments on cotton, hand-pieced and embellished - © Kit Eastman

Crow 1 - dyes & pigments on cotton, hand-pieced and embellished - © Kit Eastman

I've finished my work for 2009 BirdxBird. I made two pieces simultaneously, so I would be sure to have one for this cause, and to play with two variations of my idea. The work Crow 2, below, will be part of the silent auction, to be held next Saturday evening, Feb. 21st, at Northrup King Building in NE Minneapolis. This event features work by 130 artists in all media to benefit Audubon Center of the North Woods & Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden. It is GREAT FUN! If you live in the vicinity, please attend! Details can be found on the website. My works, below, each measure approx. 22" x 15", including the border. Hand dyed fabric, paste resisted, discharged, hand pieced and embellished.

Crow 2 - dyes & pigments on cotton, hand-pieced and embellished - © Kit Eastman

Crow 2 - dyes & pigments on cotton, hand-pieced and embellished - © Kit Eastman

Two blogs have been hugely inspiring to me this past month, nudging me to think outside the box and pull out needle, thread and thimble more than I usually do. Threadspider is working on some beautiful embroidered birds celebrating Darwin's birthday. SpiritCloth's creativity with hand piecing, stitching and quilting is mind-boggling, as is her documentation of the creative process. If you need to get un-stuck, spend a few moments over there.