Graffiti Challenge 2022
The Graffiti Cherrywood Challenge
graf·fi·ti: usually unauthorized writing or drawing on a public surface
Graffiti ranges from simple written words to elaborate wall paintings, and has existed since ancient times. For this challenge, we will focus on the graphic beauty and intense colors of this urban expression.
DUE DATE: May 1, 2022 5:00 pm CST
The wildly popular Cherrywood Challenge is back for it's 7th year! The striking exhibit creates a cohesive visual impact.
• SAME THEME • SAME SIZE • SAME COLORS • SAME FABRIC •
Create an original quilted artwork with a LIMITED COLOR PALETTE
• You will have eight colors of fabric to use
• You can ONLY use those eight colors of fabric
• NO additional fabrics may be added
- Entry Fee
- Eight Fat Quarters of hand-dyed cotton fabric
- Printed Rules Sheet
- 1 Yard fusible - Mistyfuse (including directions)
- Add color and texture with threadwork, embroidery, couching (See our Stringy Bits!), fabric paint (there are lots of neon colors on the market), fabric markers, colored pencils, ink pens, etc, etc!
- A Goddess Sheet is recommended for working with Mistyfuse. The fiberglass sheet is great for ANY crafting project.
- Purchase Karlee Porter's book "Graffiti Quilting Vol. 2" to learn to quilt like a pro! Karlee quilted our sample quilt.
- Our 20" square template makes trimming to the required size a snap!
**Due to overwhelming demand, please allow 2-4 weeks for delivery.
Synthrapol: hard to pronounce, easy to use.
In the dyeing process, we use hot water and a Concentrated Surfactant (detergent) called Synthrapol to remove excess dye. This product suspends dye particles in water that have not bonded to the fibers. It does not change the color of the fabric. Darker colors have a high concentration of dye so pre-washing our fabrics at home is highly recommended to ensure color does not migrate. Cherrywood has already been washed 4 times in HOT water with Synthrapol before it leaves our studio. Please follow the directions below to make sure everything "behaves."
FIRST TIME Washing (Prewashing):
We encourage you to prewash all of your Cherrywood in a full load of HOT or WARM water with 2 teaspoons of Synthrapol. If you see a large amount of color in the WARM rinse water, a second wash may be necessary. Synthrapol keeps those released dyes from reattaching onto other fabrics. If you have a front-loading machine, you may need to wash more or use a laundry tub. Similar colors may be washed together as long as you use Synthrapol, but is wise to make keep very dark colors separate from very light colors while prewashing. We have tested Color Catcher Sheets by Shout: they work well but may leave a lint residue on the fabric.
SUBSEQUENT Washing (Finished quilts, garments, etc.):
Wash finished projects in Synthrapol in COLD water for the first several times. This is just a good practice to ensure the dyes behave. Complete the COLD cycle. Synthrapol is an inexpensive product to have on hand to use whenever washing hand-dyes and batiks.
Drying and Pressing:
Remove fabric from dryer when slightly damp and press with a dry iron. If dry, lightly mist with water and iron to remove wrinkles. DO NOT let finished quilts/garments air-dry as this may cause wicking (the dyes are pulled from one fabric into the next if they dry too slowly). It is recommended to dry projects in the dryer. Use steam, or lightly spritz with water and use a dry iron when pressing Cherrywood garments to keep them looking crisp.
• Cherrywood is preshrunk. It has been washed a minimum of four times and dried in a hot dryer before it is sold to you. Be sure to pre-shrink any other fabrics that you are combining with Cherrywood in a project.
• Cherrywood is colorfast. As with ALL textiles, keep Cherrywood out of prolonged harsh sunlight, and it will retain its rich color.
Questions? Please call 1-888-298-0967