Thursday, July 03, 2008

A Fabulous Week At QSDS!

Carol Soderlund (pictured above) taught a workshop that was everything I'd hoped for and more, and I'm pretty sure everyone in the class felt the same way. When was the last time you spent seven days in a room with nineteen women and never heard a single complaint? Okay, you can't count heating or air conditioning issues.
The days at QSDS flew by while we dyed 1,029 different swatches of cotton, plus a variety of larger pieces using techniques we learned in the class. Here are all of us next to our sample boards.

Everybody sing along:
Ninety-nine buckets of dye to be mixed,
Ninety-nine buckets of dye,
Take one down, stir it around,
Ninety-eight buckets of dye to be mixed.

No cats or sneezing allowed!

We could hardly wait to start assembling The Book, and, incredibly, by the end of the third day, all 1,029 colors had been dyed, cut, labeled and distributed among ourselves, ready for taping into our huge reference books. Here, Carol demonstrates the proper taping procedure with some Magic Pointer Finger action.

Ooooohhh, aaahhhh!

I'm so glad that taking this class was my New Year's Resolution. It was lots more fun than losing 40 pounds!