I come from a long line of sign writers and am happiest with a brush and some paint! Add
paint to fabric and I get really excited!!

Monday, July 22, 2013

Summer Stamping

I keep some sheets of Soft-Kut and my Speedball carving tools next to my ironing board. My iron takes no time to heat up, but I like to pretend it does and in the time I have decided it takes to get hot, I work on hand carving stamps. So, every time I iron a shirt for work, I spend 5 minutes or so working on a stamp. 

This weekend my daughter spent the night with us on her way to her next placement. She came to say good morning to me and saw the materials near the board. As I sat at my sewing machine fixing a blouse for her, she carved a stamp. She hasn’t had much free time in the last 7 years for anything not directly related to school, so it was fun to watch her sit and focus on a random act of creativity.

So, today I decided it was time to collect all the stamps scattered over my work table and try them out. I gathered up some of my hand dyed fabrics and some bottles of fabric paint and headed to the deck.
Have I mentioned how much I enjoy my outdoor studio space?

This was the perfect spot to do some stamping - the sun was now on the other side of the house and there was a slight breeze blowing.

Simone’s starfish stamp!

And because I can’t resist......here is the token tomato photo for the day......
Grape tomatos - coming along quite nicely!


  1. Marjorie HenwoodJuly 23, 2013 at 8:04 AM

    Oh how nice...working outside. My tomatoes are set on;but not growing in this heat. We need rain; as much as I hate to say that.

  2. I know what you mean, Marjorie. We do need rain, as much as we hate to give up our days of sunshine. We planted 60 spruce and pine in the wooded area next to the house and for the first time in years, that land is bone dry. If I didn’t water my pots twice a day, they would have shrivelled up long ago.

  3. O my!!! I love your stamps and Simone's is beautiful! Very creative family! thanks for sharing your studio picture! Great to be outdoors...

  4. I thought Simone’s was very fun!I am always amazed at how my kids can just create out of thin air it seems! Today we are getting rain so no outdoorsy time for me.....

  5. I love the prints! Fun stamps! What will you do with the fabric? I've just been using up some of my hand dyes and I'm thinking I need to order more dye so I can do more.

  6. Thanks, Holly! I am going to use the starfish I printed to make coasters for my daughter. As for the rest? Not so sure yet. I like to collect bits like this so I have something to work as I want them.