Friday, September 10, 2010

A fiber day

We had no plans for Wednesday, so I decided to use it to do some fiber stuff. 

Before I left, I had read about using  Golden “Open Acrylic” paints) to paint on fabrics.  I was thinking about painting an underwater scene and had bought two shades of blue and one yellow…..

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  Supposedly you can thin them with water and then use them to do a color wash on fabric.  I had brought some PFD fabric, so I took a piece, wet it, and started playing with the paints….

_9088245_9088247  Then I opened another bag and discovered that some ink stamps that I had brought had come open and made a mess in the bag, so I grabbed a brush and started picking up the “spilled” ink and adding it to the piece.  I also discovered that I could stamp a small area and then take the brush and blend it in as well…..

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I left this to dry and went out on an errand that I will describe later in this post.

When I came back, the piece had dried, but was now too light in color.  I sure wish that there was a way to keep the colors so intense when it dries. So, I pulled out my water soluble pastels and started adding layer upon layer of colors.

Here is the resulting piece…….

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Now is where the day started to get interesting….  I had searched out one quilt shop and decided to take a field trip to visit it.  I had to ride a LONG way on the Metro and ended up in an area that was not on my map.  I had sketched out where it was located from the station and was able to find it fairly easily.  I did stop to ask one security guard and he started spouting directions in Italian.  After I explained that I didn’t speak much Italian he resorted to pointing and smiling.  But, it worked because I found the street!!

The shop was a mixture of fabric, paint and other craft products.  There was one lady there working on a machine applique piece and there was a quilt set up on a long arm machine.  Most of the work was fairly simple and cute….not much “art” quilting.  The biggest problem with the shop was that no one spoke ANY English so I just kept to myself and shopped.  Most of the fabrics were from US manufacturers, but I did come home with 3 meters of Italian batiks, some fun Aurafil threads and an Italian Quilting Magazine.

I made my way back to the Metro  and hopped on the train home.  Then, I had a brain-storm that turned into a pain-in-the-butt!!!  I thought that I would stop in at the Eurostar Train terminal and pick up our reservations for the next day’s trip to Florence.  I left the Metro and found the ticket kiosks but couldn’t figure out how to buy a reservation only (we were traveling on a pass and didn’t need an actual ticket).  Unfortunately, while I was standing there, a sketchy looking man came up to “help” me so I quickly left the area and went back down in the Metro to get back home.  My Metro ticket, which should have still been valid, would not work so I had to find a ticket machine and buy another one.

THEN, when I got to the train platform, they were not letting people onto the platform that I needed to go and there were hundreds of people being funneled onto the train that would go the wrong direction.  I quickly decided that I did NOT want to do that so I turned and walked past all of the “do not enter” signs and made my way out of the tunnel.  I thought that I would have to go all the way back to the train station to get out, but saw some steps that led up to the sunshine so I took those out.  Fortunately, I was able to figure out where I was on the map and I set out back for the apartment.  Unfortunately, there was a big thunderstorm heading my way so time was of the essence and it did start raining about 10 minutes before I arrived at home, but at least I had an umbrella!!!!  So much for my fun field trip!!!!

David, Lyn, Michael and I had decided to have dinner at a little place that is just across the street from the door of our building.  Here is a picture of it taken from our front door…..

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…..and here is our table, with our door visible in the top, middle of the photo….

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We all enjoyed wonderful pizzas and deserts, and of course, wine…..

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On the way back to the apartment, Michael decided to show exactly how steep the final set of stairs are…….

_9088262    It was a fun and and (mostly) relaxing day!!!!!

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