Saturday, December 22, 2012

Freeform pieced quilt

I finished piecing this quilt today. It's a mixture of scraps of my own printed/dyed fabrics and some commercial quilt fabrics. The only ones I bought were some of the dark border fabrics. Now I'll put it away while I decide how to quilt it but at least it's not in pieces on my studio floor - must get a design wall.
I enjoy this way of working - inspired by Rayna Gillmans book: Create you own free-form quilts.

Hope everyone has a happy and peaceful Christmas time.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Prints and more

Some of my demo pieces from the heat transfer workshop - above was a fairly random arrangement of torn painted papers and resists (fern leaves & yarn) which were heat transferred onto delustred satin - came out surprisingly well!

In this sample, a lace doyley was used as the resist. The paper (right) was painted, glad wrap was placed over the wet dye and left to dry - a watercolour technique with gives the patterning shown.

Right: from a crayon rubbing, painted with dye with some block prints added - transferred onto panne velvet.
  The print above was made with packing cardboard rolled into a cylinder, cut into 2 then taped together (below). The woodgrain look block was made from a polystyrene tray scored with a biro and the triangles are sticky back, fun foam shapes stuck onto foam core board. They are all printed with opaque white textile printing ink on cotton fabric.
'Floating Leaves' isn't new but I had to photograph it this week. It is now on its way to a new home in the US. It is also done with heat transfer dyes on synthetic fabrics, collaged and free motion machine stitched.

Silk chiffon scarf below, pole wrapped and painted with Setasilk then steamed.
I received a lovely package in the mail from my Japanese friend Reiko. She is a quilter and she makes the most wonderful little gifts from silk fabrics. Aren't they beautiful? Thank you so much Reiko!

Monday, December 03, 2012

In the studio & in print

I'm teaching a workshop in heat transfer dyeing this week so I needed to check my mixed up dyes were still OK. They last a long time - several years if kept in a dark place, but I still need to make sure, so I painted lots of papers and cut them up before transferring on to fabric with my heat press - result on polyester satin above. This is a long piece, about 30 x 150cms.

A few printed/stencilled cotton fabric pieces - dye and paint.

This week I received the latest issue of the online colour journal 'Ask the Color Queens' It features 5 different textile artists who have answered a series of questions about how they use colour in their work with examples, photos and colour pallettes. I'm 1 of the artist featured which was a great honour as Beverley Gilbert and Margie Dieb do a wonderful job with this and the other artists are fantastic. There is a small charge for this issue but there are also free past issues available. Click on the link to find out more.