Saturday, April 28, 2012

Ongoing results from a workshop

These pics were sent by Lyn N. She did my workshop on breakdown printing at Fibres West last year and has been not only putting what she learned in practice but sharing as well. The silk scarves were done in her studio by visiting friends - the orange one is still wet but they must have been happy with the results.
Thanks for sharing Lyn!

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Liz A, Julie and I went to the opening of Ruth de Vos' exhibition last night.  Highly recommend it.  At the Showcase Gallery cnr Beaufort and Aberdeen Streets in Town from tomorrow to 5 May.  Gallery only open 11 am to 4.45pm on Thurs to Sat.  The quilts are intensely personal yet universal in their themes of children engaging in the world and learning.  I'd love to see them bought for major institutions like libraries, hospitals and anywhere where it's especially important to celebrate the way children can flourish and learn when they are free and loved. We all know that textiles are impossible to price in a way that reflects the skill, time and talent of the maker but in this case that works to the buyers' advantage.  The new children's hospital should have at least one.  Does anyone know who buys art for it?

Monday, April 23, 2012

Pomegranate dyeing

Tidying up the garden I collected the neighbour's fallen pomegranates, cleaned out the seeds, and left the skins to dry.  I put one particularly fresh one into a S/S pot in a synthetic bag that had housed my new bathroom taps. Boiled it in water for 30 minutes until the water turned brown.

I cut up a silk top bought cheaply from an op shop to yield two short sleeves and a front and a back.  They'd been washed but that's all.  No pre-treatment whatever. I ironed each of the sleeves then dampened them.  Each was then rolled on the cross around a length of red acrylic yarn (salvaged from unwanted scrap at my local arts centre, Craft House in Menora) and tied tightly into a "doughnut".

Each doughnut was simmered in the pomegranate solution for 30 minutes.  The heat was switched off.  After 30 more minutes, one of the doughnut sleeves was put into a S/S bowl with half a cup of copper solution made by marinating a copper bangle in a 50:50 solution of white vinegar and water for several months. The other sleeve doughnut was left to cool in the original pomegranate solution.

Wet silk rolled around acrylic yarn

Tied in a doughnut

Sleeve 2 Soaked in copper bath after dyeing in pomegranate

Results: the copper soaked sleeve had stronger markings and a darker colour that the sleeve which had been simmered in the pomegranate solution only.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Freeform knitting

Over Easter I tried a freeform knitted (and crocheted) scarf.  You did say you wanted us to show anything we'd done!!!  Margaret F

April Meeting

Show & Tell table:
These amazing felt pieces were made by Deb in a recent workshop she attended. 

This piece features frayed edges and various fabrics - I'm not sure who made it - please let me know and I'll add the name.

Margaret F has been playing with her new Gelli printing plate.

Margaret P has finished her red challenge pieces. We have been asked to bring at least 1 finished red piece to next month's meeting.

 Dorothy's red challenge No 2 - B for Bear.

We've been treated to a retrospective of a member's work every second month - this month it was my turn.
I did a slide talk and brought in some fabric lengths and design work done during my course at Curtin University, which I finished in 1999, as well as some more recent pieces. 

Stephanie presented an interesting mini workshop for us on painted vliesofix. She used watered down acrylic paints to paint the rough, glue side of the vliesofix. It is allowed to dry, ironed on to fabric, then, when it cools, the paper backing is peeled off, leaving the coloured glue layer on the fabric. (make sure you use a layer of baking paper between your work and the iron - you do not not want any vliesofix on the iron!) 
This is a very quick and simple way of adding colour and texture to fabric.

Painted vliesofix drying before it was ironed onto fabric and 3 pieces of batting with vliesofix already ironed on.

The green piece was hand stitched before the vliesofix was applied. The pink piece gives an idea of the texture that can be achieved.

Shapes can be cut out before ironing on to fabric, as above. This has also been machine stitched around the shapes.

Paint was applied to the vliesofix using a Gelli plate - any print method can be used to apply the paint.

This bushfire scene was done with painted vliesofix ironed on, then machine stitched.

Another piece with stitching done before hand. This one is a more open weave fabric which Stephanie prefers. Below: with more stitching added afterwards.

Below: Red challenges in progress. Margaret F.

 Jan O.

I also did a short demo at the meeting on how to post to this blog. I hope to see a few more people having a try soon. 
Possible topics: What textile related things have you been doing, exhibition or book reviews, workshops attended? Pics of your workspace and how messy/organised is it? Techniques you're trying or would like to do. Ideas for future workshops, interesting websites or links to blogs. Prizes, successes or sales. Questions/help.

Monday, April 02, 2012

Red Challenge

Here is my first piece for the red challenge. I've recently bought a new sewing machine, so this was a good opportunity to try out some of the stitches. I'm working on another 2 as well but not finished yet.

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