Monday, August 24, 2009

What's flowering in our garden

It's a beautiful sunny day today so I had a walk around the garden. Above is a Hardenbergia (native wisteria) creeper which has almst covered the grevillia. I'm not sure what the one below is - it's quite a tall bush with these incredible flowers - they're about 10 cms long.

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Dyeing Day

Today I've been using up some old Procion dye concentrates from my studio fridge and some dye powders I'd had for a while.
The T shirt above had a pale stain on the front from silk paper making so I decided to tray dye it. It may be a bit 60s hippy looking, but I like it.
Below: some of the results from the concentrates. They were mixed in early January so the results are better than I expected.

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Sunday, August 23, 2009

Covered Journals & RR Fabric

I've been asked to do some more journals - here are the first 2. I'll do a few more before I take them to the gallery shop. They're a good way to use my print sample fabrics.

The last RR fabric arrived last week - still deciding what I'll do with it - perhaps some texture or stencilling with Shiva oil sticks, as I'm the last on this one.

We had an interesting workshop given by Margaret Perkins at Innovative Stitches on Saturday, making 3D objects with wire.
One was a pod like shape made from a fairly heavy wire which was then wrapped with a finer wire with beads added. The other one, a wire cage for a hand made bead or treasure, I found a lot harder as it was smaller and had to be more exact. Mine wasn't well done but I think I'll make it into a Christmas decoration so it won't matter if it's a bit dodgy.
She also showed us how to do a flower embroidered on soluble with wired edges so it could be be bent into shape. Much more my thing - will do one when I have time.

This week will be spent getting ready for my workshop 'Painting and Printing with Procion Dyes' for the Embroiderers Guild next Saturday. The class is full so I'm doing another one for them on the 17th September.
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Thursday, August 13, 2009

WAFTA Naturally Exhibition

Wow! I saw the exhibtion today and thought it looked great. It's on at the Moores building, Henry Street, Fremantle but only until August 17.
All the pieces were 3.5 metres long x 50cms wide in muted colours and there were many beautiful ones. I've cropped the photos because we were only meant to photograph our own pieces which is difficult when they're so long and narrow. A pity because they all looked so gorgeous together.

Top: My grid piece - 'Peripheral Impressions' with the Designing Women's group piece in the background.

Below: the DW's piece - 'Sacred Women's Space' which was inspired by our meeting place, Piney Lakes.
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Monday, August 10, 2009

Maggie Grey's Workshop

I had a great time at Maggie's workshop on Tuesday. She's an excellent and generous teacher, sharing many of her techniques. It was great to meet her and see some of her work from the books. (I think I have most of them!)
Thanks Doreen for sending me the photo above. From the left: me, Jo-Anne, Maggie Grey, Dale Rollerson & Doreen. It was lovely to meet Doreen in person too as I've known her for about 3 years now through an ATC swap and then our blogs - she's from the other side of Australia as is Jo-anne who I've also met through blogging.
I'll post a photo of my workshop piece when it's finished

Here are the rest of my bags. I'm having a break from bags for a while - been doing some wall pieces lately. Even managed to do a quilt for The OzQuilt exhibition. It's a juried exhibition so I doubt it will be accepted for a few reasons but at least I had a go which is more than I usually manage to do.
Also the WAFTA Naturally exhibition is on this week - I didn't get to the opening as I had to prepare for a dye workshop I was teaching on Saturday but I'll go soon. I've heard good reports about it and will try to get a photo of my piece and the Designing Women group piece.

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