Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Finished silk scarves 1

I did finally finish the scarves and have sent them off. The photo above shows the ones I still have. There are 3 designs for this size but only 2 are shown. The end borders are interchangable.
They do take a bit of time to do as I don't have the designs on a big screen so each scarf takes a few prints which of course need to line up. They are printed with thickened dye which doesn't change the feel of the fine silk. The thickener is washed out after the print is dry. They don't need any steaming or setting because the 2 part dye process involves a chemical reaction and the colour is permanent after this takes place.

Scarves 2.

The above photo is just a close up view, it's so hard to photograph prints on silk. I thought this shows the designs a little better.
The photo below shows a whole scarf with its organza bag & label which I make too.

Scarf with bag

Friday, August 25, 2006


A3 Cloque piece for challenge
Hurray! I'm back on line again. Our hard drive gave up, causing us to lose lots of files. Then we had more trouble trying to get started again but after 2 computer technicians & lots of re-installing of software it's finally sorted.
The above photo is for a challenge at the next meeting of a machine embriodery group (the 84 Group) I'm a member of. Everyone has to make an A3 sized piece of fabric which will be cut into pieces, one for everyone. We then have to use all the different pieces we receive to make something of our choice like a bookcover, cushion or bag. Should be an interesting challenge, I'll post a photo when it's done, although as it's just before I leave for Europe that could be a while!

Tommorrow I'm attending a new group called Innovative Stitches associated with the WA Embroiderers' Guild which I will join if we like each other. They're working on the theme of WA's maritime history & plan to have an exhibition in the future.

Friday, August 11, 2006

This is my studio in full scarf printing mode. It's great to have a studio, I used to print on my dining room table and dye in the laundry before my husband Wayne built the studio. He has a divided off part as his shed.
Today it's one month to my trip to Europe, which is a bit worrying considering all the news at the moment, especially as we are going via Heathrow in London. I hope things will have calmed down by then. I'm going to Berlin, Prague, Austria (where my daughter lives), Croatia then 5 days in London on the way home where I'll be going to the Knitting & Stitching show.

My studio

Samples from workshop
August 11th
The above photo is some of the sample pieces from the Carol Wilkes Masterclass. They are done with PVA glue, tissue paper and various bits & pieces. Then painted and the texture brought out with metallic wax. They were fun to do but I don't think I'll use the technique for my finished work. I think it will be a wall hanging although I was considering a vessel too.

Yesterday I went to a great textile exhibition at the Old Bakery on 8th Gallery by Elizabeth Morley, called Unveiling. She had a few artworks using the the above technique, on a much grander scale of course. I loved her small scale pieces, some prayer sticks wraped in vegetable peelings and a series of delicate lacey embroideries each in a tiny glaas jar. Also some great wraps & wall hangings.

Monday, August 07, 2006

This is as far as I've got with my wrap from the first Carol Wilkes workshop. It's on silk organza and uses free machine embroidery & applique techniques to embellish each end of the wrap. I will have to wait until I've finished all the scarves before I can get back to it, but I'll post a photo when it's finished.

Work in progess
This is my practise sample for the work in progress above.

Carol Wilkes workshop sample
Last week was busy as I had 2 workshops with Carol Wilkes as well as having to print my scarves.
The workshops were great but I haven't got much to show yet for the second one which was the master class. The eventual outcome will be an exhibition quality piece inspired by a photo. The photos all came from a few Carol took of some old wooden pallets. She magnified small sections on the computer and we had to pick one whithout seeing it. Day one was design exercises and a lot of information. Day 2 was spent on experimenting and sample pieces.
The photo above is the scarves I've finished so far. These are the small ones, I still have to do a range of large ones with similar designs. The designs are from botanical drawings by Charles Gardner (1896 - 1970) who was Government Botanist and curator of the Western Australian Herbarium for 40 years. I was first commisioned to design the scarves to go with an exhibition of his drawings a few years ago.
Last week I also went to a great exhibition of contemporary quilts called Stitched and Bound. Very inspirational.

Finished Scarves