Friday, May 29, 2009

Innovative Stitches - Serendipity W/S

All pieces from Jenni Abbott's workshop. The very bottom sample in the last pic was done at the workshop, the others, I've done later. The top piece was done last year & I've added Jennie's techniques to it. You can see the progression in the first 3 photos.

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Tuesday, May 19, 2009

ATCs & Blog Holiday

3 recent ATCs I've made. The middle one was sent to Judy in exchange for naming my A4 quilt. The others will be for a swap Designing Women are having soon.
I've decided to have a break from blogging until the end of July although I may still do an occasional post. My arms & neck are not getting better - I'm having them investigated - also I'm very busy with exhibtion work so I need to focus on that.
Hope you will return to see what I'm up to then. Happy creating everyone.
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Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Dispersal dyeing samples

These are the results from heat transferring some of my painted papers from the previous post onto fabrics.

Above & below: papers are cut up and layered onto satin fabric, a good way to build up a larger, more complex surface.

Above: all techniques used on wet dye painted papers which were then allowed to dry before ironing onto fabric: from top left: plastic bag scrumpled, bubble wrap, and bottom 2: sprinkled salt.
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Thursday, May 07, 2009

Fabric RR

Linda D's fabric above, (detail below) arrived last week but I'm still deciding what I'll do for layer 4. Linda clamp dyed it twice with Procions, Donna added handwriting with soy wax then painted light green procion over the waxed areas and Susan PM silkscreened the gold design with textile paint. I'm considering adding some Xs, positive and negative using Procions again, maybe a dark grey/blue.

Today I've spent most of the day in the studio experimenting with Dispersal dyes. These are some of the papers I painted or monoprinted apart from the ones still drying - I haven't transfered any of them yet but a good day's work I think.
I'm running a workshop for one the groups I'm a member of in July and I got a book from the library Colour Moves: transfer paints on fabric by Linda Kemshall that I hadn't seen before. It had some slightly different techniques that I wanted to try. Quite a good comprehensive book, but I thought some of the examples shown of how she used the fabrics weren't very exciting. I think it may be fairly old.

I'm trying to spend less time on the computer lately because I'm having neck and arm problems that I think are caused by overuse. I hope you'll excuse me if I don't post as often or spend quite as much time reading and commenting on other blogs.
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