Saturday, January 28, 2012

Fibre Arts at the Monastery

I meant to tell you about the new textile workshops that will be held April 15 -22 at New Norcia WA. in my last post. There are some great workshops on offer with places still available. For all the information on these and others in the eastern states, click on fibrearts.

I didn't want to post with out some pics, so here are a few more of my dye printing. Above: credit card scraping, Below: breakdown print & plastic lace print. Although some pieces are purely experimental, most will be taken further with more layers or cut up and used as backgrounds or in other work. I really like the lace area in the piece below so that will be used. Not so fond of the purple area. I may discharge some of the olive green but I like the area around the lace print, gives an aged look.
The last fabric needs lots more work - maybe more dye printing first then some textile paint. Turquoise, which I've used for the blues and greens doesn't discharge much.

Thanks to the quilters who advised me on thread colours for my quilt in my last blog post. I had 3 different answers, but they have given me some ideas and I feel more able to make the decision.
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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Procion Dye Printing & a Quilt

Some of these are from before Christmas and some a little earlier. Above and below are breakdown prints.

I bought the new book Making your Mark by Claire Benn and Lesley Morgan - the 3 pieces below are from trying some of their techniques. Great book, as all of theirs are. It also includes a DVD which is useful.

Below: another breakdown print - the screen was made by allowing drips of dye to run down it - when dry they formed the resist.

I've also been doing more quilting - finished this small 32" square top recently. It was from another new book I bought: Scrap Republic by Emily Cier. The quilts are mostly simple and she has a great sense of colour. I enjoyed doing this one. Maybe some of you quilters could advise me - I'm not sure what colour thread to use for the quilting - it will be just machine stitched lines - is it best to use a neutral coloured thread? a variegated? or what?

I also finished my entry for Beneath the Southern Sky exhibition today right on the deadline! - will let you know how it goes. I have no expectations.

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Monday, January 09, 2012

A change is as good as a holiday

In January, when its usually very hot here - too hot for the studio - I like to do some different things. Above: my first blocks for the Craftsy BOM (so far, so good) and below: I had these charm squares that were not to my taste but I didn't want to waste them, so I made a quilted bag for my A3 cutting mat and rulers.

Today I've started a quilt to submit for an exhibition: Under the Southern Sky which has to be finished by 24th Jan. I'm using some fabric that I screen printed quite some time ago which fits the theme.
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Monday, January 02, 2012

Happy New Year!

One of the things I'm going to do this year is quilting - I've signed up for a free online BOM class at Craftsy and these are the fabrics I've chosen from my collection. I didn't want to buy any new ones but I might need just one more bright pink. The background colour will be white. We'll be doing 2 blocks each month, 20 altogether, which shouldn't be too challenging. I've never made a large quilt before and said I never would, so we'll see how it goes. It's not a huge one - twin size apparently.

I'd like to wish all my readers a happy, peaceful, safe and creative 2012. Thankyou to those who visit, leave comments and follow my blog - its much appreciated.
I see that I'm getting towards 200 followers - will have a giveaway then to celebrate.

I'm not sorry to leave 2011 behind - it's been quite a personally challenging year with family health issues and other things, and so many traumatic events here and overseas, but there were some good things too. My exhibition (shared with my husband's wood turning) and tutoring at Fibres West are 2 that come to mind. My husband's health is much better now but our parents still have ongoing health issues.

I'm already getting a rapidly increasing things to do list for this year. It includes:
Dressmaking, revamping my Etsy shop with more designs for my thermofax screens and some printed fabrics, setting up a blog for Designing Women, much more work with dye printing, teaching, submitting entries for exhibitions and working towards the Designing Women exhibition later this year.
That's it for the new year resolutions! (not really resolutions - just intentions)
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