Thursday, March 27, 2008

Easter Lillies

As Easter was early this year, our Easter lillies are actually in flower at the right time. They're in our front garden.
Hope everyone had a happy Easter. We had the usual family gathering, minus one daughter who arrived back from Japan today.

Just messing about with scraps & dissolvable fabric.
I should really be getting on with all my work but haven't felt in the right frame of mind. I'm hoping that working on something will get me going.
The above piece is stitched on soluble vilene with metallic threads & some cable stitching. Then the vilene is dissolved away leaving just the stitching and the scraps of fabric.

Below: Scraps of embroideries, silk paper, cloque bits & some yarns have been stitched down on a background of woven interfacing. I found this good as a base because it's not too thick but has some stiffness so you don't need to use a hoop. I'll make this into an evening bag. Both pieces are about A4 size.

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Friday, March 21, 2008

Dangles

These dangles are for a group project Innovatives stitches is doing as part of our exhibition in June. We're making a large panel depicting the route taken by early Dutch sailing ships, several of which came to grief on the Western Australian coast after being blown off course.
The dangles will hang along the base of the panel.

We're also all doing individual pieces for the exhibition including books containing our workshop and experimental samples. So this is what I'm going to be busy doing for the next couple of months. Very busy as I've hardly started yet!

Finally I have red back on my computer screen! We weren't sure whether it was the monitor or the graphics card as the red would re-appear sometimes. So we borrowed a monitor which has fixed the problem. It's great to be able to see everything in full colour again
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Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Sculpture by the Sea 2008

Today we went to Cottesloe beach to see the annual Sculpture by the Sea exhibition. There was some fantastic work and it's such a great setting. I'm afraid I don't know who the artists are, so apologies for not naming them. The giant shells are made from felt.
We also had a yummy lunch at Cottesloe Cafe then went to see the new Ikea shop which is huge.

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Sunday, March 16, 2008

Machine Embroidery

I started this little panel a while ago and finished it on Saturday. It uses left over pieces of dyed fabric on a background of sun printed fabric, free machine embroidery and built in pattern stitches. I made it to fit a frame I had and it looks quite good on the wall.

Joan has tagged me which means I have to list 7 things about myself and tag 7 others of my favourite blogs. I choose not to tag anyone as I'm sure most of the blogs I read have already been tagged but will do the list as follows:

1. I, like Joan, always leave things until the last minute.
2. I hate to throw out things that might come in handy for future work. This means my stuff is gradually expanding to fill up all space in my home and studio.
3. I'm a bookaholic. I've always read a lot, it used to be mainly fiction but now I collect books relating to my textile work and usually only read fiction when I'm travelling or on holiday.
4. I have a large pile of works in progress.
5. I hate doing house work. Least hated job is probably clothes washing.
6. I'm starting a programme so I will get more exercise.
7. I cannot get into the habit of keeping a sketchbook or journal.
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Friday, March 14, 2008

February TIF Challenge

Finished at last. A bit late but I've had a rotten cold which my husband was kind enough to pass on to me. I haven't started the March challenge yet but do have some idea of what I'm doing. When I saw the colours Sharon had chosen, I was not impressed. Then I had a look at her piece where the inspiration for the colours came from and I did actually like them, although I thought they looked quite different from my printout of the Challenge colours. The dull burgandy was more magenta, the green was more jade and the yukky yellow was more gold. So I'm choosing to go with them!

I've decided to use silk fabrics as I think the colours are very rich looking and I'll make a smaller peice of fabric than last month. I'm still only using stuff I already have.

I have a sad thing to report. One of my resolutions for 2008 has bitten the dust. I was intending to enter our WA Contemporary quilt exhibtion, Stitched & Bound but I just have too much else I'm committed to and getting sick was the last straw .
Anyway I've decided to give it a miss AGAIN. Why is everything in the first half of the year this year!
There are a couple of interstate quilt exhibitions coming up so I may try for one of those.
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