Friday, April 22, 2011

Dyeing up a storm

These are just some of the hand dyed farics I've been doing over the past couple of days. Both Procions and Napthols, they are for 2 quilt workshops I'm doing with Lisa Walton at the end of May.

Another test print from a new thermofax screen - not my own design this time - from Pattern Motifs, a great source book for copyright free designs. Also check out what Linda Robertus has done with the thermofax screens I made from her own clever designs.

Our morning tea hot cross buns today - hope everyone has a safe and happy Easter.
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Sunday, April 17, 2011

New beads and fabric

While I was making this flower screen for the winner of my thermofax giveaway, I decided to do one for me too and do some prints from it. Above: printed on a dyed and discharged fabric with some hand painting added to bring out the flowers a little more.

Printed on another dyed and discharged fabric, without any handpainting. Below: printed on a sunprinted fabric. This looks much better than the photo - the flowers don't blend in as much as this looks like. All these were done using textile printing ink and without washing the screen in between fabrics or colours. You can do a lot of prints as long as you don't let the paint dry in the screen. (this is much more likely to happen when using acrylic paints which dry quicker)

As promised, my practise and class sample beads from my recent workshop: Bizarre Beads. Materials used in the pic below: polyester fabrics, acrylic felt, plastic bags, cling wrap, paper towel, nappy liner, cotton and silk fabrics, tyvek film, fun foam, thermoplastic foam, angelina film, threads, treasure gold, and embossing powders.

Hard to see the detail in some of these shrink plastic and friendly plastic pieces but I was pleased with them. Most will be sewn onto bags or other works. Below: some moulded friendly plastic and fun foam. The fun foam can be easily machine stitched so is good to incorporate into embroidery pieces. Click on any photos to see more detail.

Below: most of these are friendly plastic, softened with a heat gun then tangletuft or some other open type of fabric is embedded. On top of that, another molded piece is placed on. Because the fabric part can be machine stitched these are also great embellishments for other pieces.
I learnt some of these techniques at a workshop several years ago with British textile artist, Sarah Lawrence.

A journal quilt with one of the tangletuft pieces added on.

Below: these flowers could be brooches or embellishments - left is made from tyvek film, middle: machined cords, right: fabric scraps, layered and free machine stitched with brooch back attached.

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Sunday, April 10, 2011

New purses & winners

I found the video instructions on this easy way to do zippered purses on Colouricious's Youtube channel and thought it would be a good way to use some scrap fabrics - here are the first 3. 

My DH did the draw for my thermofax giveaway yesterday after I made sure I had the right number of entries for everyone so congratulations to Chrissie Day who won a small screen and a piece of printed fabric. Thankyou for all the comments, especially to those who had suggestions and feedback. 

Below: I have been slow in posting this fabric I received from Vicky Welsh (3 Creative Studios) it was their giveaway for the March journal quilts which I was lucky enough to win. Yummy colours (Wild Iris), dyed by Vicky and available on her Etsy shop. I haven't managed to do a journal quilt this month yet.

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Garden pics & there's still time to win a thermofax screen

A couple of pics from our garden taken by daughter Renee who is home from Japan. Easter Lillies and doesn't the basil look great! Below is an amazing apple cake that Renee bought at the Nagoya airport shop. I should have taken a photo of the wrapping too - it looked like a giant apple, wrapped in red celophane and inside is a whole cooked apple with layers of delicious cake around it. 

Below: our favourite local restaurant Genesis in the Hills one morning when we took the herbs and had coffee and cake. 

There is still time to win a thermofax screen - the draw will be on Friday -see the pevious post for details. I've also opened an Etsy shop for thermofax screens so far and will be listing more things as I have time. Click on the link at the top of the sidebar to visit. 
I've been flat out, looking after DH and my bead workshop ended up going ahead after all on Sunday, which meant a lot of practise and preparation. I didn't take any photos there but will post some of my practise and demo beads when I've sorted everything out.