I’m Back – Updates

July 21, 2010 at 8:25 pm (Uncategorized)

Hi friends,

It’s been ages since I’ve updated my blog – hoping that keeping my teaching schedule towards the top would help with advertisment of classes.  Well … no good – plus I’ve missed just getting on line and chatting! 


Garage is finished (0ther than trim work and the drywall on the ceiling).  But getting solar collectors up first – in fact – they have been going in this week.  I now have a side door to get in and out during these hot summer days.  The air conditioner is in and keeping us quite cool out there.  I’m loving it!  Have two classes scheduled – one this Friday and the second one on August 6th.  Both deconstructed silk printing!  I’ll, hopefully, get some photos during class this week and get those up.  But with the work guys out in the garage working on the electrity – I’m not going to bother them now.

I’ve been busily working on Chara’s poetry series – I am Rushing Water.  Have got “Open Windows” finished, which I have already put up a photo.  Got “Little Bird” finished last month

Just finished “Autumn Haiku” – which is not professionally photographed yet – but here is my photo of it.

And almost finished with “Him” 

Still working on my Web Site (which you have hit to enter my blog.  But we will get it all sorted out here very soon!

Happy summer and sewing to everyone



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Photos of Class fabrics

April 20, 2010 at 3:02 pm (Uncategorized)

Class Samples:

Deconstructed Silk Printing

Layer By Layer

Jo’s Marbling Class

Jo’s Collage Transfer Class

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“The Garage” is open for classes

April 20, 2010 at 2:55 pm (Uncategorized)

Good morning to all,

Met with Jo Fitsell and Heather Thomas yesterday morning and we got our flyer ready to put out at Front Range Contempary Quilters last night.  Got some good feedback on the start up of classes.  So … we are officially open!

Still working on my web page for full descriptions of classes.  I’ll try to copy and paste our flyer here so people have some place to start! 

Come and join us for some fun here in Louisville, Colorado!


T E X T I L E   A R T   W O R K S H O P S



Susan Brooks – www.creationschild.com

Jo Fitsell – www.jofitsell.com

And coming soon – Heather Thomas – www.wildheatherdesigns.com

Located at:

2330 Senator Court, Louisville, CO – 303-665-2090

Susan’s Workshops:

Basic Dyeing – for beginners

Silk Scarves – for beginners to intermediate

Explore the Surface – for beginners to intermediate

Resists – for beginners to Advanced

Deconstructed Silk Printing – Intermediate to Advanced

Layer by Layer – Intermediate to Advanced

Jo’s Workshops:

Seven Tried and True Ways to Transfer!

Marbling Magic – Beginners

Marbling Magic – Advanced

Bring your Work to the Next Level

Collage Assembly

Join a scheduled work day OR

Set up your own play days (minimum of 4 students, maximum 12)

Call or e-mail teacher to sign up for that class!

Susan Brooks   

susanbrooksis@gmail.com – 303-665-2090


Saturday – May 8 – 9:00 am – 4:00 pm 

Using screens and thicken dyes, learn how to make organic patterns on your fabric

Day long class – $60.00 plus $15.00 supply fee

LAYER BY LAYER                                                

Friday – May 21 – 9:00 am – 4:00 pm 

Dye fabric in the morning and then layer texture upon texture for whole cloth fabric

Day long class – $60.00 plus $15.00 supply fee

Jo Fitsell   

jofitsell@gmail.com 303-455-1226


Monday, May 24th 9:00 am – 3 pm

Learn to transfer images onto fabric, canvas, paper or board.   Transfer methods covered include: gel medium and gel skin; graphite, transparency film; tape, waxy; TAP, etc.

$60 & $10 supply


Saturday, May 22nd 9:00 am-3:00 pm            

Explore the ancient art of marbling.  Students can work with both fabric and paper.

$60 & $10.00 supply fee   (students who take both the beginner and advanced class- $50 per class)


Saturday, June 5th 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Learn the effects of different bases, layering, making stencils and floating objects to create unusual patterns. 

$60 & $10.00 supply fee   (students who take both the beginner and advanced class- $50 per class)



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The Garage

April 10, 2010 at 2:39 pm (Uncategorized)

My computer went down three weeks ago and my fantastic son-in-law, Aaron, just came by last night and reassumed it, after copying our entire hard disc drive – erasing the entire computer, and then reloading everything.  Can’t find a few things – but for the most part – I’M BACK!  Hurray!

I’m also back in the garage.  We have been under construction for the past month.  Steve, my husband, and I have spent the last two weekend out there staining & sealing the floor and last weekend painting the garage.  I spent the week reloading everything back in and organizing it!  And yesterday had my art friends and fellow dyers out there testing it all out!  It works!!!!  Hurray again!!!!

We still need the new back window to be put in, the skylight in and some cupboards above the table to store my dyes in – but it really works quite nicely!  Last night we all were happily sore!  Now onto getting my web site finished so I can start to advertise my classes!  And getting all the left over construction materials out of here and the side of my house cleaned up!

I’ve posted the before photos (can’t believe we use to work in that environment) – so here are a few after photos!

Just a reminder of the before and after of the same wall!

Photos of yesterday’s play day with Jo, Lili, Jeanne & Mary.

I’ll take more photos of what I deconstructed for my “Little Bird” quilt.  Next one in my series based on Chara’s poetry.


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Uncommon Cloth’s Self Portrait

March 16, 2010 at 2:56 pm (Uncategorized)

We had a great day sharing our “final” Self Portrait pieces yesterday.  Not all of us got our finished (no matter how many hours I put into it).  However, incredible pieces.  It is going to be an awesome show with them!  We didn’t get to see Lorri’s and Sara – due to her Firehouse show – isn’t making one.  I still haven’t figured out how to get the wording right next to the photos – so you’ll have to go in order to figure them out!

Mary Quinn’s – made with all hand carved stamps,  photo transfer face and, literally, hand stamped hands and feet!

Jeanne Gray – always happy and free.  She quilted a story into the background!

Joan Sowada – what can I say – incredible!

Lili Christensen – again – just amazing.  Words quilted in all over!

Barb Frey – she is exploring the use of garment shapes for how clothing makes us feel.  She has the inner words from her childhood and will use orange organza to put who she is now.  She will also be quilting in a story!

I am a tree – firmly planted by the waters!

This is an older “Self Portrait” of Jo Fitsell’s.  She is using the ladders in the background to make 5 panels of her new horizons!  She has 4 of them started.

This is a painted piece by Mary Quinn – the colors in it are incredible!

Fabric was made at a play day that I didn’t get to – wish I had some of her fabric!

The next three pieces are by Barb Frey – mainly using Seta Color painted fabrics!

Incredibly rich colors

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Sara Rockinger Art Opening on Immigration/Migration

March 13, 2010 at 5:56 pm (Uncategorized)

Sara Rockinger had her opening at the Longmont Firehouse – featuring her work on Immigration/Migration of the invisible migrant workers through Colorado.

It was incredible!  Have three photos to share with you.  One was the invisible workers with a video of migrant workers going in the background.  One is of Migration and another the movement of a river never reaching the ocean.

She also had incredible thread work of the movement of food from farm/migrant workers to the grocery store and a large organza piece of a woman vacuuming called
“Dancing the Night Away”.  Wish I had gotten a photo of those also!

Thank you Sara for your incredible work and all the labor to get it seen!


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Been really quiet!

March 12, 2010 at 5:10 pm (Uncategorized)

Even though it has been really quiet on my end – I have been busy working.

First – my son, Josiah,  had his back fusion surgery 2 1/2 weeks ago and it went really well.  He is healing nicely.

Here is he – up out of bed for the first time after the surgery.  And here is an x-ray right after surgery (on left) and 2 weeks later!  You can see how straight the back is now!  Hurray

Last week I spent all my extra time (ha-ha) finishing cleaning out the garage as the dry wall started being put in on Monday!!!  Hurray!!!

Here is a before photo!

Ok – that’s embarrassing!!!  These were taken before Christmas – before the initial clean out.
These next ones were taken this weekend!

Here’s my good friend – Gary – putting up dry wall!

And finally – yes – I have been working on my “Self Portrait”.  I’m not sure it’s going to be finished by Monday!!!  Ha-ha!!!  But it’s got a good start!

Enjoy your day and I’ll post photos of Uncommon Cloth’s “Self Portraits” from our meeting next Monday!


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Mary Quinn’s Art Opening

February 6, 2010 at 6:31 pm (Uncategorized)

Mary has her own solo show at NCAR, in Boulder, Colorado and it is spectacular!  She has gone to the next level in Textile Art and we are so proud of her!  Just wanted to post a few photos of Mary and her work!  Enjoy!  Susan

Mary between “Spring Ravens” and “Winter Ravens”


Detail of “Trance”

“Seeds of Enlightenment”

Mary and Barb Frey

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Open Windows

January 30, 2010 at 5:35 pm (Uncategorized)

Good morning,

I am waiting,  patiently, for my garage construction friend, Gary, to arrive and talk to us about the renovations in the garage.  He was suppose to start sometime this month and is just now arriving to get the plans!  But with my work and Josiah’s surgery coming up on February 23, I know I can’t open the garage up for classes until the first of March anyway!

I am almost finished with “Open Windows” – is love real and attainable?  I’ll post a few photos to give you an idea.  I am still quilting it and just dyed my brown piece for the “window frames”.  Hoping to finish it this weekend as I have a full week this coming week with cleaning for my father in laws arrival in 9 days, teaching a class on Friday at the Art League of Denver and being with my grandsons and with the ladies in Prison on Thursday!

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January 11, 2010 at 5:46 pm (Uncategorized)

Hi all,

Just wanted to post a few pictures from the opening reception of SAQA’s Stitch.Design.Art last Friday night.

Lili Christenson, from our Uncommon Cloth Art group, won Best of Show with her Garden piece.  I absolutely love this quilt of Lili’s, especially the underground rocks!

Congratulations Lili!

Patty Hawkins and her incredible “Aspen” piece.  There wasn’t a brochure giving us titles of the pieces – so I’m making them up!

Carol Waugh and her “Deconstructed Silk Screen” piece (upper).  Christi Beckman’s piece is right next to Carol.  But again, I never got a photo of Christi – she just moves to quickly for me!

Here I am with my “Movement Through Space in Time” piece.  It was fascinating to be able to discuss with the woman who juried the show and hear her thoughts on this piece!

A portion of the art gallery!  It was hung beautifully!

Ok – now for my latest – working through how to get photo transfers onto dark fabrics!  I spent the day experimenting over in Jo Fitsell’s studio last Thursday.  And then did some more experimenting on Friday!  But the best – my husband bought me a thermofax machine for my birthday!  I still don’t have it – but it will do much larger screens and I think that will be the answer to my dilemma by printing 3 different screens in greys from light to dark to make the image stand out on dark fabric!

I’ll attach photos of my experiments so you can see what worked ok and not so well.  If anyone out there has any ideas – please email me!  Would love to get this one right!

Gel Medium transfer of photos still on paper, then washed with acrylic paint.  I like the look – but it changes the hand of the fabric.  With 16 quilts, I feel like I would need to change the hand of all the quilts, whether I used this technique or not.

Printed on a medium colored fabric.  The fabric has a clear coating on it for the photo to adhere to.  When printed onto the dark fabric – the photo disappeared!

This one I printed on the dark fabric – nothing showed up.  So I painted a light coat of gesso over and then reprinted the photo.

This one is hard to see because of the glare of the flash.  But it is a photo transfer using gel medium and transparency.  I discovered that the ink on my new Epson Printer smeared making an unusual effect.  My HP printer just broke down, so I can’t do the experiment with HP.  Again – it changes the hand of the fabrics!

This one was done on a spare piece of Jo’s fabric with gesso on it.  Just a quick “line” painting

This one is a line drawing on tissue paper from your grocery store (you know, the ones you pick up your donuts with).  It usually disappears with gel medium on fabric, but on the dark fabric – it stayed white.  I went to my grocer to get more tissue paper and discovered that they only have blue paper – so – now the search is on – which grocery store has white tissue paper?

This one is on white fabric and painted with acrylic paints.  I coat all the fabrics with inkaid clear or matt coating to give the ink something to adhere to.  This one is a solid coat and then paint on top.

Any ideas would be greatly appreciated!


Just went back and tried to edit this page – but it just won’t put the words by the photos!  Technology!!!  So, you’ll just have to make the adjustments yourself this time until I can figure it all out!

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