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11 Aug 2008


I felt a little blessed this weekend to have had a beautiful Saturday afternoon all to myself. I dragged an 8' table onto my driveway and loaded it with piles of fabrics (cottons, organzas, and velvets) as well as stamps, stencils, printing inks and paints.  With Mark Knopfler strumming away on the stereo and the dogs to keep me company, I spent hours stamping, stenciling and screening fabric.



I got paint all over my shirt, smeared on my face, on the dog, and under my fingernails. Total heaven. 


Congratulations to the following for being one of the lucky ten randomly drawn! I loved reading everyone's responses; some of them were a riot and I wish I had more fabric to give away. Please remember to email me by this Wednesday night with your full name and mailing address. Please put in the subject line in caps: FABRIC WINNER. (Otherwise it's possible I will miss your email.)

Carol Sloan
Peggy Dlugos
Connie Allen
Trish C.
LuAnn Kessi
Lisa (Studio Rose)
Jo Anna

In case you're curious…
Some of the designs on the fabrics are those I played with in Photoshop® by using the brush tool and brush palette. If you go surfing on the Internet you can find a number of free, downloadable brushes that you can add to your brushes library. Once you make your designs in Photoshop® and print them out, you can turn your brushes into Thermofax screens, freezer paper stencils, or hand carved stamps. (This weekend  I was a little obsessive/compulsive and made all three!)

Some of the fabrics I felt needed a little extra oomph so when I brought them back into my studio, I layered more imagery with my vintage wood type printer letters and more screens.



All in all, I had so much fun and I hope you like them. Admittedly I'm keeping a little bit for myself to use for my segments for the next QA TV taping (in … gulp …two weeks).



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Patty VanHuis-Cox wrote
on 11 Aug 2008 6:44 PM
Wow! I just love Layered 1! That is a really awesome piece of fabric! Nice job!
Melly wrote
on 11 Aug 2008 8:11 PM
Beautiful work, Pokey! I would nab them if I could!
Maggie wrote
on 12 Aug 2008 2:53 AM
wow Pokey, I love the graphic nature of your fabrics what wonderful colour combinations and layers of interest. Maggie
Twila Blume wrote
on 12 Aug 2008 6:32 AM
These are gorgeous! Fortunate are those who will receive them. You are inspiring me to go for it!
Joyce wrote
on 12 Aug 2008 7:48 AM
Love seeing this! My dd is currently in a textile printmaking class and you spoke her same language. :) I put pix of one of her pieces on my blog if you want to see. I want to jump in too!!
Cheryl wrote
on 12 Aug 2008 11:35 AM
Wow, what a day! I can't wait for a break to do the same... maybe this weekend? Hmmm... Thanks for the inspiration!
Lisa wrote
on 12 Aug 2008 11:56 AM
I'm doing the Happy Dance times ten!!! Thanks so much; I can't wait to play with these beautiful fabrics. :)
Jessica wrote
on 12 Aug 2008 2:06 PM
Congratulations Fabric Winners! Looks like a beautiful day for "working" outside!
Fannie wrote
on 12 Aug 2008 8:48 PM
Thank You! Doing the Happy Dance with Lisa. Thanks, again! ~Fannie
melicia evans wrote
on 13 Aug 2008 11:45 AM
Yummy fabrics. Love the type letters. The dogs are worn out from watching you work? =)
melicia evans wrote
on 13 Aug 2008 11:48 AM
Hey. Maybe you could put some ink or paint on those paws. Doggy art!=)
Bethel of Bethania wrote
on 16 Aug 2008 2:23 AM
G'day Pokey Myyy you like you are having 'wayyyy' too much fun and the poor fur babies look like it's been a very hard day for them ... OOroo ... Bethel
belinha wrote
on 17 Aug 2008 1:09 PM
It seems a bit complicated...I know Photoshop well...the other part I do not know!!!But you achieve amazing resulkts.I love collage and I would like to print fabric somehow.But that's a new twrritory.In Portugal we do not have a tradition in home crafts like you do.Since I connect to internet I've been discovering amazing artists all ove USA...
Diane wrote
on 17 Aug 2008 2:25 PM
Gorgeous fabric, Pokey! I'm especially drawn to the screened patterns (I think they're screened, anyway) on that black and yellow piece with the white lettering. The black inked imagery -- where are those from? I was hunting around on the QA online store and I don't think they're those grunge product images, right? Anyway, VERY cool fabric. You should have set up a camera to record your playing!
Diane wrote
on 17 Aug 2008 4:07 PM
Oh, wait, I just re-read and realized you made those screens with photoshop brushes. Very, very cool.
Kathy Stoick wrote
on 17 Aug 2008 9:11 PM
You made it look like such fun. I am going to have to put aside my inhibitions and give this a try. I don't have photoshop but I have paints and rubbing plates etc. that have mostly been just gathering dust. As one of the lucky fabric winners I now have additional inspiration. Thanks for the fabrics and inspiration.
Katina wrote
on 19 Aug 2008 1:29 PM
Received the pack of fabric and it's wonderful, can't wait to use it in something fun! Thanks!! Katina
Fannie wrote
on 20 Aug 2008 9:21 AM
Hi,Pokey! Thank YOU!!! I received your yummy fabrics and posted photos of it to my blog: Several ideas for using these fabrics are dancing in my head. I'll let you know what I create with these gifts. Gratefully, ~Fannie
Crazy Creek wrote
on 21 Sep 2008 11:36 AM
Beautiful fabric, those winners are really lucky!