A Little Secret Something

RAW medallion
Circular Right Angle Weave Medallion

That I am working on.  Just now.  This is all I can say about it for the moment. . . . .

Except for the fact that these are really, really hard to photograph.

RAW medallions
Circular Right Angle Weave Medallions

The Goblins Have Been Busy

leather and lace bracelet embellished with beads
Bead encrusted lace sewn to teal leather to make a gorgeous cuff bracelet.

It has been a challenging summer here in the Hollow.  Molly spent most of July and half of August working as  a TA in summer school so I was down a pair of hands in the studio.   But we managed to get stuff done anyway.

Aqua and gold beaded lace bracelet
czech glass and TOHO seed beads decorate Venise Lace to create a beautiful cuff bracelet.


The beaded lace bracelet from the beginning of July got finished and also an even more fabulous leather and beaded lace cuff.  I used teal leather and a wonderfully fringed ivory lace to make a cuff bracelet that evokes the glamour and swing of the Roaring 20’s.  The goblins are pleased with both of them – they are so sparkly and decadent!

Roaring 20's Lace and Leather Fringed Bracelet
Venise Lace, Teal Leather, TOHO seed beads, Czech glass beads and Sequins form a Roaring 20;s style bracelet

We drafted a pattern for a Goblin Frock and ice dyed some linen to make a trial run with.  We haven’t gotten around to actually cutting the fabric yet.  It is so pretty just as it is.

Linen Ice Dye in Rust Cherry
Linen rayon blend with Rust, Black Cherry and aqua ice dye

Speaking of which, next week I will start listing ice dyed fabric yardage in the Etsy shop.  Individual lengths of fabric will be available until we sew them into Goblin Frocks pr Smocks or Tunics.

This week, I listed 10 new ice and alchemy dyed Hemp Rayon Jersey Scarves in the Etsy shop.  If you see one you like, snap it up soon because the last batch sold out within a week.

Mauve and Dangerous Ice Dyed Jersey Scarf
Hemp Rayon Jersey Ice Dyed scarf in red, plum, mauve

The goblins love it when they hear the smart phone go “Cha-Ching!”  It means they can order new fabric to do more ice dyeing!


And here’s a final photo of the patterning on my favorite from the last batch of ice dying we did.  The greens are wonderful here!

Ice Dyed scarf in Forest Canopy Greens
Hemp Rayon Jersy Ice Dyed scarf in chartreuse, lime, forest and aqua

Reconstituting Screen Printing Inks

So one thing that the Goblinessa is obsessed about lately is screen printing and stenciling garment edges.  (Not that we have MADE any actual garments yet.)  Yesterday, I met with my Sister in Law, who is getting married in October, to discuss adornment options.  We may be using some screen printed organza or violle somewhere in there and I decided to make a couple of test samples for her to look at while she is here.

dry and gummy magenta ink
dry and gummy magenta ink

When I pulled out my Jacquard inks, I was dismayed to find that most of them were gummy and some of them were downright sticky and grainy.  I really don’t want to buy new inks right now so I decided to try mixing in some water to see if that would smooth them out.

These inks are probably 5 years old or more.  They have mostly been sitting in my studio storage, which gets very cold and very hot.  Some years, I have forgotten to move my inks, dyes & mediums out of there before the weather hits 30 below and they have gotten a bit . . . frostbitten.

reconstituting printing ink
mixing water in to reconstitute the old ink

Water and lots of stirring seemed to do the trick.  My wrist is sore and I used a lot of paper towels in clean up but I think these inks will work again.  Jacquards line of screen printing inks are all water based so if this trick worked with the professional grade, it would probably work with their other inks, too.  I have also found that you can water these down quite a bit for printing before they get runny, which is nice for sheer fabrics.  I can’t wait to do a test run on the organza and voille!

ready to print
water and lots of stirring resulted in a creamy consistency ready for printing

I made a quick test print on paper with the magenta ink after I had stirred it for long enough to make it smooth.   It worked well.  No lumps to drag across the image, no graininess or gummy spots.  (Yes, I know that is a lame-o screen.  I haven’t done a lot of printing so I don’t have lots of professional frames.  This one is made with screen from ezscreenprint.com, stabilized in a piece of old mat board which was sealed up in duct tape.  It gets the job done for very small runs.)

My white and copper were both pretty far gone – almost like stretchy plastic instead of ink or paint.  They took a while stirring and adding water gradually but they came around.  I used a butter knife from the kitchen – a dowel wasn’t doing the trick – I needed something with a wide, flat edge and a blunt blade so I could smush the ink against the edge of the container and cut it into bits with the blade.  If you have real painter’s tools in your studio, a flat metal oil paint spatula would probably work pretty well.

magenta print
a successful print with the reconstituted ink

When I bought inks, I chose the Professional grade  because they can be used on just about ANYTHING – fabric and paper, yes, but also vinyl, some plastic, leather and wood.  Plus it has a long open time – which is good because I am slow.

I am still hoping to buy some new inks.  Jacquard didn’t have all of their process colors (or Dharma wasn’t carrying them) when I bought my first batch.  The yellow that I have leans pretty far toward orange – it is sort of an egg yolk-y color and they didn’t have cyan.  I can’t make a nice green with it.  So maybe someday soon I will get those CMY hues into the studio but I will wait to see how much I actually use in this new line Molly and I are working on.  I have a bad habit of spending money on stuff I want and then not using it.  The Goblinessa makes me do it.  She is very impractical.


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