Friday, October 10, 2014

New Silk Class starts Wed Oct 22

Hi Silk Dye Painting Enthusiasts,

Silk Dye Painting Class will start October 22 for 5 weeks on Wednesdays from 10:30 am - 1:30 pm at the SEFAA Center, right off of I-75 Northside Drive Exit for $150.

These classes will be focused on using resist lines and creating textures on silk using acid dyes. We will be using Resistad, a water based resist from New Zealand, salt, alcohol, water, and dilutant. You can either do pre-hemmed scarf blanks or plain yardage pieces. 

We will not be using wax resist, screen techniques, discharging, or shibori methods. These need a workshop day or two of their own and those workshops will be scheduled at other times.

If you would like to take this 5 week class, please email me at so I can put you down on the list, and send  a check  for $150 to:

Hellenne Vermillion
195 14th Street NE
Unit 410
Atlanta, GA 30309

You will need to buy your own supplies and here is the link for the list. Please order the Resistad asap because it is mailed from New Zealand. Dharma Trading also takes about a week for delivery. If you do not have your supplies on the first day of class, I will have some you can "borrow."


Please note: the SEFAA Center is in the Senior Center Building and they will be undergoing a massive renovation at some time in the near future. We may have to reschedule some classes around the renovation, except we have no clue when this is going to happen. I am hoping you can be flexible if this happens. Thank you,


Sunday, February 9, 2014

Sewing Goddess Workshop

We had a Sewing Goddess Workshop today. Wonderful work in progress and great sharing of ideas and opinions. Here are some pics.

Our collection of Sewing Goddesses in progress

June's Goddess

Gail, Lucretia, and Sandie

Sandie's Goddess

June, Ginny, Martha and Gail

Martha's Goddess

Gail's Goddess

Monday, December 30, 2013

Moon Trees On A Night Sky

Silk dyes on silk with wax resist and stitching

Moon Trees On A Night Sky 

detail of Moon Trees On A Night Sky


Friday, December 20, 2013

Retired from cooking

I make simple meals and have found I can "cheat" with foods from Trader Joe's. Here's a very simple stuffed mushroom. Probably took less than 5 min to put together and about 30 minutes cooking.

instant stuffed mushrooms

All ingredients are from my Trader Joe's just down the street. 
Package of mushrooms that start with the letter "c" (cremalin??)
Trader Joe's Olive Tapenade the black olive kind in a jar
Trader Joe's Sundried Tomatoes in olive oil in a jar
Trader Joe's leftover apple pie crust with some of the pie part

Each mushroom probably got a tsp of the olive tapenade, 1/2 tsp of the sun dried tomato,  1 TBSP of the apple pie 50/50 pie part and crust (I try not to add more calories to my body with the crust. Usually the dog gets it.) and the stems of the mushrooms. This is about the right ratio. So you'll have to adjust this to the number of mushroom caps you have to fill or adjust it to your taste.

Throw the 3 filling ingredients (not the mushroom cap) into a blender thing (mine is a Ninja juicer or something like that,  but the small container size. ) Whip it up and fill each mushroom cap.

Sprinkle olive oil in bottom of pan and put filled mushroom caps in the pan, sprinkle a little more olive oil on mushrooms.
Bake until browned. 
It passed the college son test. He didn't guess the apple pie part.