Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Japan Journal Quilt: Chrysanthemums

On my first trip to Japan in Autumn, I was struck by the displays of Chrysanthemums at most of the temples and castles we visited. Particularly where they were trained to grow over frames to give a magnificent display, but also in bonsai form and as single specimens.
This 12" x 12" quilt uses some Japanese fabrics and some of my own. The embroidered flowers are from a commercially digitised design which I've stitched out.
The quilt is for the Countries challenge run by the Aust/NZ Quilt Yahoo Group where we complete a quilt every second month.
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Monday, February 21, 2011

Print & dye workshop

Had an enjoyable time on Saturday, tutoring a workshop on scrunch layer dyeing, sun printing, discharging, shiva sticks & various print techniques with a group of hard working ATASDA ladies at our local learning centre. Above: a couple of my demo pieces - left: a thermofax print and right: a sunprint which I have overprinted with a small heart block and the same thermofax screen using a heart shaped mask. The large heart, sunprinted shapes were cut from a non slip mat.

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Monday, February 14, 2011

Feb Journal Quilt

I managed to get a little Napthol dyeing done last week - just blue, for a particular project. The dye was still active so I threw in lots of scrap fabric pieces to use it up. This 12" x 12" quilt was made from some of the dyed scrap pieces.

This week I'm busy preparing for a print & dye workshop I'm doing for ATASDA on Saturday.

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Sunday, February 06, 2011

Local Bushfire

Just a quick post to let people know we're fine. The bushfire has been close to where we live but luckily for us the strong easterly wind was blowing the fire away from where we are. Unfortunately many others have not been so lucky - I believe 41 (now 72) homes have been lost and many more damaged. I know of one local textile artist who has lost everything and another friend who had a very lucky escape. Thinking of everyone who is affected.