Wednesday, December 25, 2013


Merry Christmas!
I was unable to go to our Christmas lunch this year, so I hope someone took some photos I can post on the blog later. Or please bring your Christmas decoration from the swap and I'll photograph them at our first meeting for 2014 in February. 

Monday, November 11, 2013

November meeting - POJAGI

Show and Tell
Above: Juliet's felted Ipad covers.
Below: hand stitched postcards by Karen.

These 2 canvases were done after the Cindy Cooper's workshop from last months meeting. I'm sure others will appear in time - mine has a way to go.

Our theme for this month's meeting was Pojagi. Juliet and Iris were involved in guiding a community art project with the City of Melville 2006 - 2008. More than 80 people participated, including several groups including Designing Women, Djiti djiti Indigenous Women's Group, Murdoch Hospice, Nulsen Haven, RAAFA Lodge and Applecross Senior High School. The pic below is a page from The City of Melville Art Collection Textiles 2009 Brochure which shows the finished piece hanging in the foyer of the council building where we visited it before our meeting. We were also able to see the City of Melville collection of textile art while there, which was well worth seeing.

The 5 panels are made up of individual squares done by the people involved which have been assembled using a technique similar to pojagi (a traditional Korean form of patchwork) The border fabrics are polyester organza. As Juliet and Iris explained. the putting together and finishing of the project was very challenging because of the transparency of the fabrics and having to get the layers and seams matching and looking good from both sides as well as hanging straight.
Below: a practise piece they did when planning the project.
 When we returned Piney Lakes for our meeting, Juliet demonstrated the basic Pojagi technique as well as french and lap felled seams which give a similar effect but are done differently.

the sample pieces done on silk organza.
step by step sample

The December meeting will be our Christmas lunch at Jan A's home for which we all make a Christmas decoration to swap.
Several Designing Women have pieces in the WAFTA members exhibition: 'Mysterium' at the Central Tafe Gallery, Aberdeen Street Perth until November 16. It's well worth seeing.
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Sunday, October 20, 2013

October meeting

Show and Tell: 
First 3 pics by Jan O done on her recent trip to the Greek Islands.

Below: Delys's piece from a workshop by Carol Redlich

show and tell by Susie (felted coiled vessel) and Linda
     Collage on a canvas by Dorothy

Chenille work by Delys

 Jan A gave a talk on her recent textile trip to Flores where she did indigo and tumeric dyeing with the local people using plants they harvested and prepared. (above)

Woven cloth from Flores. Below: Alcira models local traditional dress which is widely worn in everyday life.

Cindy Cooper, visiting from Sydney, was our tutor for an interesting workshop on textured backgrounds using stencils and flexible modelling paste and gesso. These were used on canvas, boards and fabric, including scrim. Once dry, colour was added. Pics below:

Designing Women at work


adding layers of colour

Today our group had a display at Craft House Menora for their open day. Photos to come.

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Retreat and Southern Art Trail

There was no meeting in September because of the retreat.

Susie kindly sent me some photos from the DW retreat at Banksia Springs, Dwellingup - looks like they had a great time!

Our own Zoe Butler features for her textiles and painting in the Southern Art Trail:

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

August meeting and craft fair display

We received lots of positive comments on our display at the craft fair The blue theme was obviously very effective.
Debs wonderful blue felt piece and right: Stephanie's blue moon piece.
Below: Jaslyn's blue house.

Show and Tell: August
Karen's crocheted and felted lady and below, her book of Angst.
We had 2 visitors at our meeting, Zoe, who used to be a member until she moved to Albany and Cindy who was demonstrating mixed media techniques at the craft fair (Thread Studio stand)

some of Zoe's recent work
Fabric painting in the style of Helen Godden by Zoe

Zoe's quilt block stitch sampler

Cindy's mixed media work on canvases using stencils and gesso - she has agreed to come to our October meeting and do a workshop for us. More of her work below.

The topic for August was: things we bought at the craft fair or previous fairs - most of us had purchases to show!

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Wedding dresses & blue challenge

I finished my blue challenge and will post it to Jan in time for the craft fair display. The story is on my blog, here. I still have some of Juliet's fabrics etc. left. I will do something with them but didn't want to post the ceramic tiles as they would be heavy.

Below: at the April meeting members were asked to bring their wedding dresses. I wasn't there but Jan took some photos.


Wednesday, July 17, 2013

July meeting

Show and Tell

 Blue Challenge Pieces
These are some of the results from the blue challenge. Those of us who didn't finish yet (including me) still have time to do their piece and get it to Jan or Dorothy who are setting up our display at the Claremont craft fair, August 2nd, 3rd and 4th.

Delys's tea cosies 'A Spot of Tea' and her 'Queen of Tarts' from a recent exhibition she was in at Ellenbrook Gallery. The small 1 in front is also a tea cosy from the exhibition. She also made the knitted wire scarf which has a lovely soft hand.
Below:  Debbie G made the beautiful fabric bag and Margaret P brought the green fabric with the screen she used to print it after a demo I did on thermofax printing for the Contemporary Quilt Group. The screen is my design made from a bubble wrap print.

Member Retrospective

Karin treated us to a magnificent display of her work as well as a power point presentation. She has Maori heritage and the history she explained to us was fascinating. Her research and textile works were all part of her Masters in Education which she completed at Edith Cowan University.
I haven't taken any close-up photos of the framed works because of the reflections but Karin may send me some pics later which I will add to the blog.

Above: 'Whitewash' These figures were crocheted before they were felted in the washing machine. They represent the Maori chiefs when they realized they had been tricked by the signing of the Waitangi treaty.
felted bowls from the same body of work.

Dorothy showed us a technique to cover containers, books or canvases using paper napkins, glue and modelling paste to give a 3 dimensional effect. The pic doesn't show it very well, but the centre cat's face is raised. Some more examples she brought below.