Thursday, March 17, 2011

New Thermofax Page

Announcing my Thermofax screen service at last!
The fabrics above were printed with screens I've made using my new thermofax machine - I can do up to A4 size. For all the information, please click on the thermofax heading at the top of my blog.

To celebrate, I'm having a giveaway for anyone who comments - I would be interested in any constructive feedback. If you would like to put a link to this on your blog or order a screen, you will get an extra entry. The winner can choose 1 of the designs below which I will make up into a small framed screen sent to you with a small piece of printed fabric. The draw will be on April 8th. Good luck!

Thanks for all your previous comments and an update on DH who has had knee replacement surgery: he is home from hospital and doing quite well.
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Thursday, March 10, 2011

Sculpture by the Sea 2011

A few pics from this years Sculpture by the Sea now on at Cottesloe Beach. I'm sorry I don't know artists' names - we didn't buy a catalogue when we went yesterday but it's a great show as always and on for a while yet.

I think these are my favourites. Made from recycled plastic bags, they remind me of elaborate decorated cakes.

I'm still working on my thermofax page - hope to get it done soon but a few things have delayed it. I've decided that the giveaway will be a small screen with one of my designs with maybe, a little something extra. You'll get a choice from a few designs so stay tuned!

I'm doing a demo on discharging with deColourant for Designing Women on Saturday in between looking after DH who is having knee relacement surgery so lots happening at the moment. But it looks like my workshop: Bizarre Beads for the Embroiderers Guild may be cancelled due to not enough participants which is a pity but may be for the best.
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Sunday, March 06, 2011

Sample-book covers & postcard

Last month at ATASDA, Lyn gave a workshop on techniques for making covers for a sample book. Home work was to finish our covers and glue them onto the cardboard supplied. Then this month Lyn would use her machine to make the holes for us and put in the spiral binding and pages. So on Friday I got busy and finished mine. This is how it turned out. I posted the back first because I like it more.

Below: this postcard sized piece had been in the unfinished box for quite a while - I used a new Valdani cotton thread I recently bought from the Thread Studio to stitch around the appliqued shapes then made a backing from some Japanese paper covered pelmet vilene.

We've had a few days relief from our record breaking hot weather over the weekend - lovely to be able to open the windows before midnight! But have not been able to do much in my studio - too busy with family and other things.

I've been wanting to launch my Thermofax screen service but its been too hot to get many samples printed. But look out for an announcement here later this week and maybe even a giveaway too.
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Tuesday, March 01, 2011

New work

This 12"x 12" journal quilt was just finished. The appliqued shapes started as a separate piece of embroidery but being all olive colours, I thought it was a bit dull so I cut it up into these rectangular pieces. I had trouble finding a suitable background - tried it against many different colours but wasn't happy until I found this one which I didn't think would work but the turquoise blue with the olive and tan livens up the whole piece and now I like it - reminds me of tropical rainforest.

I've used 1 of my thermofax screens (made from a rubbing) to print across the dark area of the above, roller printed fabric - much better!

The 2 procion dyed fabrics above were my demo pieces for my last workshop. I only did 2 fat quarters in the one container (lemon yellow & purple) but the workshop participants did 4 in different colours. I haven't seen how their pieces turned out yet as they batched them on the day then took them home to wash out but its a great method to get a variety of colours - very simple!

I was very lucky to win a blog giveaway by Linda - a piece of her Dutch houses fabric (above) which she designed and had printed by Spoonflower. It arrived this morning - isn't it great? Thank you so much Linda. Check out Linda's blog for some of her new Spoonflower fabrics.  Posted by Picasa