Site news, gleanings, stuff...

Epson Chip Resetter

31 August 2005

From Gloria Hansen -- This site: has a little movie that shows how the resetter works (although it takes a few seconds before it starts to work).
This site: sells the resetter for less money.

The ArtSpeak Generator

13 April 2005

Credit Card company for artists

14 January 2005

From Susan Robin Sorrell -- a credit card company that was formed to take care of craft artists.. You can get the old fashion credit card machine, without hooking up to a phone terminal or computer.

Digital to slide, again

10 January 2005

People have used Express Digital Images: with good results. Another place that is less expensive and very good quality is The site doesn't look very professional, but the 35mm slide quality and price are both excellent.

Principles of Pricing Art

29 October 2004

From Robert Genn's website:

QA recommended digital to slide places

21 September 2004

Compiled by Holly Knott

Good Boston area photographer

23 August 2004

David Caras
81 Spring St
Watertown, MA 02472-3461
Phone: (617) 924-1985
he is so good he doesn't need to bracket . . . nails it first shot everytime. has a 20 slide minimum

Van's low budget photo studio

16 August 2004

A decent setup for photographing fine art, built by G. Armour Van Horn:

Good quality image printing paper

12 August 2004

Epson archival matt and Epson premium luster paper from or -- from Gloria Hansen

Printing on Fabric

16 June 2004

From Lisa Chipetine - I believe she can print up to 54" inches wide. The first yard is approximately $200 and each additional is $100 once she has the image. Here is the firm: Linda Sumkin / Digital Printing / LTS Designs / Work: 212-629-6889 / E-Mail: / 8 West 36th Street 6th Floor, New York City, NY

Robert Genn on "Sticky"

11 June 2004

"Fortunately, pure abstract qualities can make art sticky as well. While there are many of these qualities--here are the magic five: Gray to rest the eye. Gradation in a large area--or interlocking gradations. Warm against cool or cool against warm. Strong value pattern when reduced to black and white. Colour surprise. Put those five into any painting and a viewer's eyes will tend to stick to it." From Robert Genn,

Karen Bell-professional Quilt photographer

10 June 2004

Karen comes highly recommended by Paula Nadelstern. Contact Karen at:
-- from Lisa Chipetine,

The Walker System

May 2004

To hang on the Walker System, a piece must have hooks on the back and 3/4" below the top of the piece. The Dick Blick site shows a Walker System hook, but doesn't give dimensions. A point of interest: the hook is too thick to use with a standard toothed metal picture frame hanger. What seems to work is holes drilled into a quilt hanging slat that can have a wire or fishline loop tied through them. If anyone can send me a better picture of how to hang a quilt on the Walker System, I'll be happy to credit you. Thanks!

Copyright: Fair Use tests

31 March 2004

Excellent discussion of what constitutes Fair Use:

Interfacing for silk

22 March 2004

Touch o'Gold interfacing is the softest, most pliable interfacing I've ever used (despite the dorky name), and I believe it is low-temp usage. I've only seen it at eQuilter, but to be honest I've never looked for it any place else, either. Here's the link:

Track your quilts

January 2004

To track where your quilts are, and all related dates: QuiltingPro by Terri Gavin,

Digital to Slide

15 September 2003

Shutterbug Photo in Aiken, SC does a good job. Their website is and you can email them at . Slides cost $1.75 each, additional slides of the same image cost $1.00 each. This site directs you to, which says it's only for prints, but just pretend you're uploading your .jpg for prints. Once it's uploaded, you'll be allowed to select "35 mm slide".

Label Copyright language

2 Sept 2003

From Sandra Leichner: [quilt's name] images and design are copyrighted and protected by American & International copyright law. No copies or derivatives of these designs may be made, sold, published or exhibited without the written consent of the artist.

Quilt Insurance

27 August 2003

From Carolyn Lee Veslage:
Christine L. Johnston, CIC
Harris-Shcolnik & Associates
1750 East Glendale Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85020-5505
800-688-7472 x 282
602-264-1234 x 282
The insurance policy is a floater under the one he set up for The Society of Quilters through The Hartford Insurance Co. It's the same policy that covers IQA's Festival.
The minimum policy is $20,000 with a $500 deductible per claim for a $200 premium.

Excellent slide dupe service

August 2003

From Lucky Shie: Tedz E-6 Film Processing in Columbus

Ted Landers did incredible work, including enlarging some of the cropped images to fit the slide mount space more fully. The slides are very excellent dupes, super color, well mounted. The prices are amazing: $.60 per dupe!!!! This is a tiny company and they will do this same custom fussing with your slides, Ted sez. They have a new web site:

Black Dye Refresh

August 2003

You can get on-line washing instructions for using a machine at ProChem's website and just remember it takes a LOT of black dye and salt if you are doing a full load like I did - and I use a slow speed - either delicate or hand wash - to keep stuff from getting torn up. I think I used 10 TBSP of black 602 to get great color and I was dyeing a lot of stuff - yoga pants, knit shorts, yoga tops, camisoles, couple of long sleeved cotton tops etc. While black is a hard color to get on top of another color, it is really easy on top of old washed out and faded black. I am careful to keep a watch on my water temperature to keep stuff from shrinking. . . I also do a fairly long dyebath - I add the clothes (washed and rinsed with no fabric softener) to the black dye bath in the washer (water, dye and salt) and add the soda ash water in 15 minute increments of 1/3 each time. I then agitate very slowly for an hour and a half. Then rinse a few times. I would have line dried before Synthrapol wash but it was raining, again, so I gave up and just went ahead and did my Synthrapol washes and rinses after rinsing a few times after dyeing. -- Marian Reid

How to approach galleries

August 2003

Excellent Show Calendar

24 July 2003

Wide Freezer Paper

15 July 2003

Wide freezer paper? Uline at sells 24" rolls of 1,100', 40lbs, $50, Item #S-7047.

[DyersLIST] PFD yarn

24 June 2003

From: "Kimberly Baxter Packwood" My first two choices would be Test Fabrics, and Brown Sheep yarn, they have PFD you have to ask for it. Brown Sheep is in Mitchell Nebraska, and they dye all their yarn on site, wool, cotton, silk

Testing Yarn /Fabric for Fiber Type

24 June 2003

From: Kris Abshire To: Subject: [DyersLIST] Testing Yarn /Fabric for Fiber Type

To everyone who finds need to test yarns/fabrics - in response to Carol's message (below). Following is from "The Weaver's Companion" book, a compendium from Handwoven Magazine, publisher Interweave Press. (for fabric, test with a snippet - blends will take some extra thought to determine...)

(1) Light a match or candle (2) Using tweezers, hold a short length of yarn horizontally, and slowlyfeed the yarn into the edge of a flame and observe what happens.

WOOL: Burns slowly in an open flame, and self-extinquishes when removed from the flame. It has a characteristic "burning hair" odor and produces an irregular dark ash.

SILK: Burns slowly in an open flame, and self-extinguishes when removed from the flame. It has a characteristic "burning hair" odor and produces a crushable black ash.

LINEN: Burns quickly in an open flame, and continues to glow when removed from the flame. Smells like burning grass and produces a gray, feathery-smooth edge.

COTTON: Burns quickly in an open flame, and continues to glow when removed from the flame. Smells like burning paper and produces a gray, feathery-smooth edge.

RAYON: Burns quickly in an open flame, and continues to glow when removed from the flame. Smells like burning paper and produces a gray, feathery-smooth edge.

ACETATE: Burns and melts in an open flame, and continues to burn and melt when removed from the flame. Produces a brittle, hard, black bead.

ACRYLIC: Burns and melts at a low temperature, gives off toxic fumes, and melted residue is very hot. Produces a brittle, hard, black bead.

MODACRYLICS: Burns very slowly and melts in an open flame, and self-extinquishes when removed from the flame. Produces a brittle, hard, black bead.

NYLON: Burns slowly and melts in an open flame, and self-extinguishes when removed from the flame. Produces a hard, gray bead.

OLEFIN: Burns and melts in an open flame, continues to burn and melt briefly when removed from the flame, and then self-extinquishes. Produces a hard, tan bead.

POLYESTER: Burns slowly and melts in an open flame, and self-extinguishes when removed from the flame. Produces a hard, black bead.

Fabric Paint

9 June 2003

Keep in mind that acrylic works just great without changing the hand if you add GAC 900, made by Golden. Don't know how I'd live without it. / Rayna Gilman

Long Shipping Boxes

28 May 2003
A 4x4x60 inch box that weighs 6 pounds will not have an extra charge tacked on for excessive size. Nor will a box that is 6x6x60. An 8x8" box will get an excessive weight fee. My suggestion is to use two boxes and ship them at the same time, there is a minimum for each shipment, but FedEx counts two boxes going to one place as one shipment. 8x8x48 is max size that doesn't incur UPS surcharge.

Threading Silamide

28 May 2003

From Jeri Riggs: prep silamide for threading by using chapstick (or beeswax, I'd guess) to point the end of the thread.
From Rooby: Silamide only comes in one size, on either 900yd spools or 40yd cards. Nymo comes in different sizes: 00, 0, B, D, F (from thinnest to thickest).

Art Quilt links

27 May 2003

Quilt 21: American Art Quilts,
APNQ - Association of Pacific Northwest Quilters,
AQS - American Quilters' Society,
AQ@S - Art Quilts at Sedgwick,
IHQS - Indiana Heritage Quilt Show,
IQF - International Quilt Festival,
New York Quilts,
NQA - National Quilting Association,
PIQF - Pacific International Quilt Festival,
PNQE - Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza,,
QA! - Quilt America!,
QHC - Quilters' Heritage Celebration,
QN - Quilt National,
Quilt Odyssey,
QTQ - Quilting the Quilt,
R2Ca - Road to California,
SAQA - Studio Art Quilt Associaton -
VQF - Vermont Quilt Festival,
WFW - Williamsburg Festival Week,
WQ&T - World Quilt & Textile,

Foil Intro Package

May 27 2003

Send $20 check (the don't take charge) for a sample kit of 24 sheet of foil in various colors, 1 pint water based adhesive, instructions for application. Free UPS ground within US / Screen-Trans Development Corporation, 100 Grand St. Moonachi, NJ 07074

Soda ash -- huge quantities for low prices

May 2003

Leslie's Pool Supply (in 600 cities in US) sells soda ash in 5 and 10 lb buckets and 50 lb bags. The funny thing is the 5 and 10 lb buckets are way more expensive than the 50 lbs - like $7 for 5 lbs, $13 for 10 lbs and $15 for the 50 lb bag

How to set watercolor/pencil on fabric

May 2003

From: "Maxine" -- -- For those of us who are too far away to drop into Friends in Lowell (which really does sound wonderful!) Can you share the secret for setting watercolor and watercolor pencil on fabric? thin, thin, thin coat of matte medium after heat setting . . . or a thin coat of ProChem colorless extender . . . basically what I do is seal it.

Site News: Calendar begun!

21 May 2003

Two shows that I possibly stand a chance of getting slides submitted.

Site news: Garments page begun!

20 May 2003

Good photographs of the Gee's Bend Vest are up now.

Digital to Slide

19 May 2003

Express Digital Images
(Recommendation from QuiltArt list) Their customer service is very good, turn-around time great, and the quality and price are top notch. For economy service (24 hour job and shipped out that day for overnight delivery), the fee is $4.75 for the first slides and $1.75 for each duplicate. There is also an "extra time" service that cost $1.95 for the first slides and $1.75 for each duplicate. I've used both services (they have some faster services too) and found that the "extra time" got slides to me in about a week--generally fine for my needs. Images should be a 300 dpi jpeg (maximum quality over compression is best). The aspect ratio should be 1.5:1 (same as 35mm film)--such as 6 inches x 4 inches.


19 May 2003

AQS certified appraisers
Professional Association of Appraisers for Quilted Textiles
The Quilt History website appraisers

How to photograph your art

19 May 2003

From Rick Lee's Tutorial What you need:
- 35mm camera that has a good lense - point and shoot probably isn't adeguate, but if it's all you've got, you can give it a try.
- 2 clamp lights from home depot has a photo of what this is
- 2 3200k lightbulbs - from camera store (don't expect Walmart to have this)
- tungsten slide film - from camera store
Put the bulbs in the clamp lights; clamp them onto something about 4-6 foot high and 45 degrees from your art has a photo of this
**Turn off the room lights or the slides will be yellowish**

Easy cheap resist

19 May 2003

Use Elmer's Blue School Gel as a water-based resist, if you're not doing immersion.

Site news: Birth of a gleanings

19 May 2003

No, I don't do diaries. I do, however, find myself at work wanting things from the home computer, or at home wanting things from the work one. Where better to stash your stuff?