Thursday, January 28, 2010

Holey Moley: Layers

In between other work I managed to get a sample done yesterday (top) for Holey Moley, an online course I'm doing. This month's topic is Layers and the top layer is a piece of knitting stitched onto panne velvet then burnt with the heat gun.

This technique is covered by the course too but I did this previously It's various fabrics placed on a felt backing, covered with poly organza, stitched and burnt with a small blow torch.

I had to take my sewing machine to get fixed today - the screw you loosen to change the needle broke off - how annoying is that! So no more sewing for a while as I gave my old machine to my daughter.
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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Scarf finished

Yay! I finished my scarf for the competition today. I'll just show the corner in case there are any restrictions on publishing pics. It's silk pongee, dyed and printed with Napthols and it has cut out areas which were stitched using soluble vilene (541) as was the fringe. I'm happy with it but we'll see how it goes.
Happy Australia Day to all in Oz.

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Sunday, January 24, 2010

Felt Workshop

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This weekend I went to a great workshop: Exploring Surface Design in Felt.

The tutor was Lee Anne Davis who was excellent, providing plenty of knowhow and inspiration. We first made prefelts, then stitched, then felted again. The last step is to add more stitching/embellishment which I haven’t done yet. It was so hot at Craft House Menora I decided to leave the final stitching until later.

Work 2010 009 The first 2 pics show my samples after the first lot of stitching.




Below: after felting. I’ll post another photo when I’ve added the next layer of stitch.Work 2010 011








I enjoyed this process – I’ll come back to it even though I’m not really a keen hand stitcher.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

New book arrived

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This gorgeous book by Beverly Ash Gilbert arrived this week. It’s full of her beautiful jewellery with clear instructions on her methods of freeform bead weaving and using colour. Also includes 2 colour wheels with clever overlays that make choosing colour-ways easy.

I first ‘met’ Beverly through blogging – she has a great blog too – she’s a very good photographer.

Today I've been sorting out some UFOs that I'll use in upcoming projects. I found several that will be suitable - some for backgrounds and some that I can adapt to the size I need and finish off.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Windows Writer

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Just trying this way of adding to my blog after reading about it in the QDU Yahoo group.

Some recent printing (roller & lino block) Permaset on cotton fabric

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Sunday, January 10, 2010

Back to work

Daughter Renee returned to Japan last week. We will miss her but hope she can visit again in May. So now there's no excuse - back to work for me.

I'm entering a scarf competition where you receive a white paj silk scarf and embellish it how ever you like. Below: an experimental one I did to see how it would look. The competition scarf is bigger than this and I've decided to do it differently but I do intend to use yarns and cutouts in it.

Below: a few ATCs. Only the lower right one is very new - the others were done during the Ken Smith workshops to practise bobbin work and use scraps.

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Saturday, January 02, 2010

Another holiday

We're just back from a week in the Albany/Denmark region. Daughter, Renee, came back from Japan for Christmas and wanted to go down South - so off we went again. We had a great week with her and Kathleen.
Above: Some of the wildflowers we saw on the south coast. I don't know all the names, but top left is Albany woolly bush, bottom left, top is a Banksia, under that is Eucalyptus Ficifolia and bottom right is Banksia Coccinea which I've never seen growing wild before but we saw a big area of them - not many still flowering - I was lucky to get a good pic.

A few of my other pics from the trip that I was happy with - love the watery lines in the goldfish pond above. A complete fluke!

Now no more trips for a while. I'm actually looking forward to doing some textile work and there's a lot coming up.

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