Sunday, December 31, 2006

9 Artist Trading Cards
I make these when I feel like doing something small, using whatever comes to hand. they're good for getting the ideas flowing. Dale is having a swap in Feb so will send 5 to her. It's interesting to hear back from the artists who get them, sometimes they end up all over the world.
Hope everyone has a happy & productive New Year.

Thursday, December 28, 2006

Dyed paper towels
I read about this technique in Traci Bautista's book, Collage Unleashed, & thought I'd try it. So far I've only dyed the towels with some drawing inks but will explore further.
In this holiday period I'm going to catch up on some of my unfinished projects. I've got lots of things on the go. I also got the book, Tray Dying by Leslie Morgan & Clair Benn for Christmas & am waiting for some cooler weather so I can get into my studio for a dyeing day. I tend to use Napthol dyes more lately because they're so fast acting but the low water techniques with Procions are great fun. Ruth Issets book, Colour on Cloth is another one I like. I keep getting it out of the library, think I'm the only one who borrows it!
I made this set of cards & folder for my Sister in Law. The pink fabric was made a while ago & I jazzed it up a bit with an appliqued stitchout of rose buds done on my embroidery machine.
I don't use my machine for this type of embroidery much but they are good for cards & gifts. I usually paint the backgrounds & add some free stitching, beads or sequins to make them individual. The compendium has 2 pockets for the cards & 1 for a pen.

Friday, December 15, 2006

I've been making some Christmas presents. The bookcover is for my teenage niece. I was inspired by Traci Bautista's book Collage unleashed. Fabric collage is something I've often done but for this, I wanted something with a bit of a punk feel to it. This is a bit more free & incorporating text is new for me. I was pleased with the way it turned out & will do more. I've still got to make a set of cards in a folder for someone else & a bag for Kathleen, my younger daughter.
I think I've got nearly everyone's presents sorted now.

Fabric Collage Bookcover

I havn't posted for a little while. My daughter changed my blog over to beta & I had trouble working out how to post the photos. She's in Austria, so can't help with that. It is very easy really but it takes much longer than using Picasa to load photos.

The neckpiece shown below is the one I did for our 84 Group Christmas breakup lunch. It was a sample from a workshop I did ages ago with Elizabeth Morley. Machine embroidered on dissolvable, it has wool nops, couched cords, scrunched fabric bits & stuffed stocking balls. I just added a bit extra and some beads then used some of my heatgun beads on a machined cord to finish. I'm now in the process of taking it apart & using it to embellish a bag. I'll post a photo when it's done.