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Summer/Fall 2012 Class Schedule

August 8
Inspired by Nature
Needlechasers of Chevy Chase

August 22
Playing in the Kitchen with Julie Booth
Warped Weavers Study Group

September 8 & 9
Jumpstart in Surface Design

Starting Sept. 19
Arresting Resists: Fabric Resists Using Common Household Materials

Starting Sept. 19
Exploring Surface Design

August 6
Friendship Star Quilters:
Kitchen Resists

August 8
Needlechashers of Chevy Chase
Kitchen Resists

Issue #3

Making Summer Memories

A Personal Note from Julie

July 28, 2012

It's hard for me to believe that we are heading into August. This July in northern Virginia has been perhaps the hottest and sunniest that I can remember. I'm really looking forward to my annual family reunion up north in New England where I hope it will be just as sunny (for reasons that will soon be apparent) but a whole lot cooler.

Kittery Point, Maine

The last two years my extended family has reunited at Cape Cod in Massachusetts. This is where we vacationed growing up and it has a strong hold on my heart. Other years we have made the trek up to Maine. where my youngest brother lives. This August we will again be getting together in Maine. Maine is truly like visitiing a living picture postcard...everywhere you look is another idyllic scene...and I will keep my camera constantly close at hand.

Two years ago, at our reunion, I started a new family tradition. I sent a box to our reunion destination crammed full with art supplies. Included were the materials needed to make a special fiber project. I was especially excited to share my love of fiber with my oldest and very artistic niece (now 11 years old). Last year, I designed a special loom to create treasure pouches. This project proved to be one that interested not only my niece but other family members, as well.

My niece, Ivy's, treasure pouch from last summer
This year, the box will be packed with Pebeo Setacolor Transparent fabric paints, silk scarf blanks and foam brushes. I imagine us walking along the beach picking up unusual stones, shells and seaweed or in the woods gathering pine needles and leaves. Perhaps we will even rummage around in my brother's kitchen looking for objects with interesting shapes and textures.

After gathering all these found treasures, we will head out to a sunny spot with our paints and scarves. I imagine us painting beautiful washes of color on our scarves, artistically arranging our finds and letting the scarves dry in the sun. I see the excitement on the faces of my young nieces and nephew and even on the adults as we carefully remove the objects from the silk to reveal the printed designs created by the sun.

In this issue, you will learn how to sun print with Pebeo Setacolor Transparent fabric paints. Although, I suggest using cotton or silk fabrics, consider purchasing some silk scarf blanks to create some summer accessories of your own.

Designing Fabrics with the Help of the Sun
In Issue #2, you learned how to create simple portable work surfaces and about fabric and fabric paint. Now it's time to take advantage of the sunny weather and get outside for some sun printing.
You will need the following supplies:
  • Portable work surfaces (boards) with Prepared For Dyeing Kona Cotton or Silk Habotai attached to the board with masking tape
  • Pebeo Setacolor Transparent Fabric Paint (medium to dark colors)
  • Container with water
  • Small plastic containers with lids (suggest 8 oz Ziploc containers with snap lids)
  • Plastic spoons for mixing paint
  • 2" foam brushes
  • Assorted small or flat objects from you kitchen catch-all drawer or kitchen cupboards. I used rubber bands, coins, paper clips, rice, lentils, Cheerios, pencils

  • Optional: A plastic drop cloth and some objects to weigh down the drop cloth so it won't blow in a breeze (e.g. stones, small branches)
  • You will also need a sunny day!

  1. While still inside, mix up small amounts of Pebeo Setacolor Transparent fabric paint in a ratio of one part paint to two parts water. Try to work with medium to dark colors so you will see the effects of the sun printing. Put the lids on the containers to more easily transport outside.
  2. Bring all your supplies (with the exception of the water) outside. Find a sunny area in your yard that will stay that way for at least an hour. If the area is sheltered from breezes, so much the better.
  3. If you have a plastic drop cloth, spread it out and weigh it down to keep it from moving.
  4. Place the portable work boards with fabric on top of the drop cloth.
  5. With your foam brushes, paint an even coat of the transparent fabric paint on the fabric.
  6. Lay the objects on the wet paint.
  7. Let the fabrics dry in the sun.
  8. Once dry, remove the objects. You will see that the areas under the objects are the original fabric color (in this case white)...these are the prints.
Lentils and pencils

Paper clips and rice

Coins and garden herbs

Rubber bands and Cheerios
Setting the Fabric Paint
Now that your sun printed fabrics are dry, you will need to set the fabric paint so that it won't wash out. You can do this in one of three ways:
  1. Let the fabrics passively set by letting them sit for a week.
  2. Iron to set: Place a piece of muslin or a pressing cloth over the sun printed fabric and iron for 5 minutes using the cotton setting.
  3. Place the sun printed fabrics in a clothes dryer and dry them for 50 minutes on a high heat setting.
After the fabric paint is set, the fabrics can be machine washed in a cold or warm delicate setting with a small amount of detergent.

Sun printing is a great summer activity. Take a look around the kitchen and see what else might make for interesting sun prints...bottle tops, cut paper, herbs (especially fresh), magnets, other types of cereal or beans. Try layering prints...experiment...and more importantly...have fun!

Coming Up In the Next Issue:
In the next issue of Julie B Booth Surface Design News
Please DO Play with Your Food: Printing with Fruits and Veggies. Also: How to Make a Foam Dauber.

Corn on the Cob Prints

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