Thursday, February 17, 2011

Fab Fiber Fun

Hello Fiber Friends!

So how’s your February going? The lovely spring weather, even if it’s just an interlude, makes me ready to spread out some dyed and painted fabric on my front lawn (it makes the neighbors curious) and maybe do a little discharging out on the front porch. I bought some new, “non-toxic” discharge paste to use on natural fibers. It’s called “deColourant” ( and it even has a version that will take out the old dye color and put a new one in its place. Pretty fancy fiber footwork!

So where did I get this cool stuff? At a local fiber show, the Georgia Quilt Show (SEFAA had a booth) held at the Gwinnett Center last fall. Another such opportunity for cool fiber purchases of all kinds is coming up at the Original Sewing and Quilt Expo at the Gwinnett Center on March 10th, 11th, and 12th, so go to to find out more. They have loads of fabric, tools, funky fibers, patterns, and thread, plus lots more I can’t even remember. I always find it worth the trip, and I live waaay south of ATL.

And while you’re at it, have another great fiber fix that weekend and see fabulous fine crafts at the American Craft Council show at the Cobb Galleria Centre March 10th  – 13th  ( This is always an incredibly inspiring show.

I usually take a tiny notebook and make notes of popular colors, techniques, etc., to jumpstart my own designs. I would never copy someone else’s work, but seeing what amazing things other people do with their crafts gets the mental juices flowing and I’m thinking up new ideas as I walk around. If you notice that I’m talking to myself, too, please ignore it. Isn’t that a sign of creativity? (I hope!)

Tonight is the SEFAA annual meeting, which is important business, and next Friday, Feb. 25th is the SEFAA party at Callanwolde, which is important fun.  This is the first big party I’ve attended for our organization, and I know it’s going to be fabulous!

Come on out to support SEFAA, meet new fiber friends, and bring along some of your ideas for the blog.  See you there!