Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Happy New Year!

I was meaning to tidy up yesterday but was distracted by some scraps of fabric and ended up with this block so the mess was still waiting for me at the beginning of 2014 - minus a few scraps!

I hope 2014 brings good things for you: health, happiness and lots of creativity.
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Saturday, December 28, 2013

Back to my work

I'm back home now after spending most of the last 2 months staying at my parents' home so I could look after them while my brother was having a break. I'll still be going back and forth, but will have time to get back to my own work. We had a lovely Christmas with all the family - apart from my brother and Kana, who is in Japan visiting her family. We even had relatively cool weather over the Christmas period - 35c today though. I started the fabric collage, above while I was away - still a long way to go.

While at Mum's, I altered some shirts for her. She was going to throw away their 4 shoulder pads but I thought I could use them so yesterday I sewed 1 of each pair together then stitched scraps of fabric over to cover - using a free motion zigzag. Underneath, I had a lining fabric which was attached at the same time. They will make the front and back of a small bag. Below is another piece I was working on over the last month - I finished it today. Not sure what I'll do with it - it is big enough for a book cover. These are good projects to get me back into making.

My next project will be a quilt for a juried exhibition. The theme is 'Living Colour'. I was thinking I wouldn't be able to do this one as the deadline is Jan 31, but now I should have time to get it done. I have decided what I'll do - hopefully I'll have better luck than usual with juried shows!
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Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Season's Greetings

Merry Christmas!
Hope everyone has a happy, safe and peaceful holiday time.

Sunday, December 01, 2013

Veil of Secrets

This is my finished piece Veil of Secrets (150 x 58cm) from the Mysterium exhibition - detail below:
Photographed for the catalogue by Josh Wells.

I've been spending most of my week lately and continuing until after Christmas, caring for my parents, which is why I've been absent from blogging. It also means I can only work on my Etsy shop orders on Mondays and Tuesdays so if you wish to order a thermofax screen, you will need to email your image to me by Monday am. so I can post the screen to you on Tuesday. Things should be back to normal by January next year.

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Sunday, November 03, 2013

WAFTA exhibition: Mysterium


Yesterday I did my roster and artist talk at the Mysterium exhibition at the Central Tafe Gallery in Perth. Its a fabulous show of WAFTA members' work that really shows the diversity of ideas and skills in the group - well worth seeing if you're in Perth. Its on until 16th November.

These pics are of my piece, 'Veil of Secrets', while it was being made. The shapes, which each conceal a secret, were made first then assembled on soluble vileen and connected with free machine stitching as shown in the last pic. When all the stitching was finished the whole piece was put in water to dissolve the soluble backing.

I'll post a pic of the completed piece when I get my CD.
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Thursday, October 31, 2013


My table set up at the craft fair last Sunday. I had to move later when the sun came over but it was quite a successful day - sold enough to make it worthwhile and with pleasant surroundings, music, and a nice lunch, I was happy.

The next day we went down to Denmark on the south coast of WA. for a few days. My mother spent a lot of time there as a child - holidays on the family farm and she also lived there, as a child and young adult - it's her special place and she wanted to see it again while it was still possible so we took her there for a short holiday. The weather was perfect - sunny and warm but not too hot, as it was in Perth while we were away. We enjoyed looking around the town and beautiful surroundings.

Our cottage overlooked Wilsons Inlet - these photos are all taken there.

Paperbark trees 
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Saturday, October 26, 2013

Covered sketchbooks

I got a few more covered books made today for the Mia Flora craft fair tomorrow, as well as pricing and organising everything. Hope its not too hot as we'll be outside.

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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Printing greens

Green is a not a colour I use a lot but after a couple of printing sessions, I seem to be accumulating a collection - maybe a future quilt. The above fabrics are mainly thermofax printed with Permaset and some discharge (deColourant).
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Sunday, October 20, 2013

book covers and more

I finished these yesterday, they are for the Craft fair at Mia Flora Garden Centre and cafĂ©, Brookton Highway, Roleystone on Sunday 27th October.

I tried my new stencil in my sketchbook and on fabric - quite pleased with it.

Below: a new thermofax screen made from a photo of fallen leaves from our perssimon tree.

The print below is the screen repeat printed 8 times. It matches up quite well so you can't easily see the joins. They are printed on old scrap calico so I may over dye them later.

Another thermofax print.
I have also done a new post on the Designing Women blog - click here to see what we've been doing.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

sketchbook pages, monoprinting

When I have some leftover paint, I like to add some colour and pattern to my sketchbook.

The last 2 pics above are a monoprinting technique featured on Design Matters TV as 1 of their free tasters. I was familiar with the technique but had forgotten about it. They give a very good demo and its a simple, effective method - great on fabric too - see below.

I had a piece of X ray film spare so decided to cut a quick stencil.

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

I've been playing with photo editing on my iPad with mixed success. Some of the apps are fun but the results are not detailed enough to use anywhere else. I'm sure I've used some in the past but now I can't seem to be able to get a full sized image.
Its a nice spring day today so I shouldn't be fiddling about on the computer! That's it - I'm off.

Monday, September 23, 2013


I printed some polyester fabrics with heat transfer dyes and cut out shapes with a soldering iron, then appliqued some of them onto a background to make a postcard.
Thanks for your comment Judy - yes I do usually wear a respirator for that kind of work and would certainly advise anyone to buy a good fitting respirator for fumes (and dust if you use dyes in powder form)
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