Monday, June 27, 2011

Low relief screen printing

I read an article by Marie-Therese Wisniowski in the latest Embellish magazine on this process and had to try it out. She describes it as being similar to deconstructed screen printing but using textile printing inks instead of dyes. (of course you can't leave the inks to dry on the screen as you do with dye) I used the leaves as my low relief objects and also used them to add some prints to these samples.
I can see possibilities for further exploration.

Thanks for all of your lovely comments on my last post - much appreciated.

Above: Red Cap Gum thermofax print design from my drawing of the seed caps from Eucalyptus Erythrocorys a gorgeous tree which has vivid yellow flowers and bright red seed caps. My new designs are not in my etsy shop yet but are on my blog thermofax page.
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Thursday, June 23, 2011

Better now?

This is the quilt from my last post which I was going to cut up and re-assemble. I ended up cutting out the middle section only and adding in a new rectangle using some of the left over fabrics. I also added the squares around the border - I had been saving these for ages, waiting for a suitable project. I am now happy with the quilt.

Good News
We have been going through a rather difficult few months because my husband was found to have tumours in his lung. He's had many unpleasant tests and they have found out finally that it's Lymphoma. It's thought to be low grade and for now, he won't even need any treatment which is a big relief.
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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Quilting adventures

A few posts ago I showed some dyed fabrics for 2 Lisa Walton workshops I was doing. Above is the result so far from the 1st one: Beneath the Surface. It will be a while before I get it finished as I'm busy with other things but I wanted to get it to the stage where I knew what I was doing with it. At the end of the workshop I had a piece that was totally curved so getting it to this stage was an achievement I think. Maybe curved piecing is not for me. I'm still not sure how you do it while keeping the edges straight.
By the way mine is Above the Surface now - it was an enjoyable workshop despite my curved result.

The above small quilt was a practise piece for free machine quilting - I have quite a few projects that get to the stage of the top pic but don't get them quilted and finished. I'm happy with aspects of this one but as a whole it's not working, so I think I might cut it up and re-assemble it. Any ideas anyone?

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Sunday, June 12, 2011

New thermofax screen designs

Some test prints with my new design: Grevillea Leaf - for the smaller A5 frame.
For more information see the thermofax tab at the top of this page.

A couple of breakdown prints using Procion dyes on cotton.

I tutored a workshop for our local group of the Australian Sewing Guild yesterday: Brilliant Colour on Synthetic Fabrics using heat transfer/dispersal dyes. This is always an enjoyable workshop to teach and I think the students enjoyed it too, as well as getting some good results. The pic shows some of them getting their work ready for show and tell at the end - then my camera memory card was full so no more photos.

A recipe for using the heat transfer dyes in a dye bath.
5-6grams of dye (1 - 1 1/2 teaspoons) will dye 100 grams of dry fabric.
Dark colours may require more dye powder - for pastel colours, use less dye: about 1/10 of the amount.
Good, dark shades (black or navy etc) require the use of Polyester Carrier. 1 - 2 teaspoons per litre of water in the dye bath.
Fill a cooking pot with enough warm water to cover the fabric.
Mix dye powder with a small amount of hot water and add to the dyebath. Stir to make sure dye is evenly distributed.
Add fabric (wet) to dyebath, making sure it is evenly covered.
Note: If you are using Polyester Carrier, it should be added before the dye. Simmer the fabric with the polyester carrier in the dye bath for 15 minutes before adding the dye mixture.
It can also be added during dyeing if deeper colour is needed.

Bring dyebath to the boil, stirring regularly. Simmer 30 - 80 minutes depending on depth of shade required.

Remove fabric after dyeing and rinse well - first in cold water, then wash fabric twice in HOT soapy water. Rinse in warm water until it runs clear. Wash fabric separately for the fist few times it is washed.

A safety note: Do not use any dyeing utensils for food cooking or preparation. Use a dust mask when measuring dye powder. Avoid eye and skin contact.
(The polyester carrier has a strong smell, so do your dyeing in a well ventilated area)

Shibori methods can be used on fabric before dyeing.
Click here for more info and prices for dyes and chemicals

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