Jumpstarting our creativity

Sue and I have our own 2 person quilt camp (well, 3 of us if you count mom who sews but doesn’t participate in all the other messy stuff).   We use our garage here at mom’s summer home on Lake Winnipesaukee and set it up as a dye/paint/stencil/gelli printing/paintstick/stamping/other messy creative wanderings mini factory.  We play around with yardage adding layers using different art techniques until we come up with some cool fabric or run out of time, whichever comes first.  We pin things up on a design wall (which could also be called the back of a flannel backed plastic table cloth thumbtacked to the wall) and admire our creations, give each other feedback and Sue even completes things.

This year we started our quilt camp off in Virginia by taking a one day workshop with Jaime Malden on stamping with carved wooden stamps from India.  We followed her techniques by making an apron as a practice piece and then took off with paint as well as discharge (removing dye) using the vast selection of wood blocks she had available.  Then we drove up the next day.  It was a great way to get a creative muse going and all the way to New Hampshire we talked about what we would (or could) do the next few weeks in the garage.

The class was taught by Jaime Malden  of Colouricious and given at Artistic Artifacts in Alexandria, VA.

Jaime Malden with quilt, white leaves stamped with Gesso

Jaime Malden with quilt, white leaves stamped with Gesso

Wooden stamps, hand carved in India

Wooden stamps, hand carved in India

Small wooden stamps hand carved in India

Small wooden stamps hand carved in India

Class sample, a small wall hanging with a stamped dragonfly in the middle, other stamps used to add subtle texture around edges

Class sample, a small wall hanging with a stamped dragonfly in the middle, other stamps used to add subtle texture around edges

Class sample, some of Jaime Malden's stamp designs

Class sample, some of Jaime Malden’s stamp designs

Class sample, small layered quilt embellished with beads and embroidery around the stamped elephant

Class sample, small layered quilt embellished with beads and embroidery around the stamped elephant

Students model their aprons

Students model their aprons

Class project; a new apron

Class project; a new apron

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