Thursday, August 18, 2016

Another invitation

I am very pleased that a piece I have made has been accepted into the Buda Historic House's Contemporary Textiles exhibition.

My piece uses some of the fossil  pieces I experimented with recently. I won't put a picture up until the exhibition opens.

Today an invitation came, so I am sharing it around.

Hmm, that could have been bigger.
Here is the relevant information:
Contemporary Textiles Exhibition, opening event is Sunday August 28th, 2.00pm.

The exhibition is open daily, 10am - 4 pm, from Saturday August 27th till September 10th.

There is another exhibition on at the same time in Castlemaine, at the Art Gallery and Museum. Slipstitch.
So you could have a lovely textile day out.

I will be sitting the gallery one morning, so hope to get to see the other textile exhibition that day also. Looking forward to it!!

Tuesday, August 16, 2016


Several people have said to me that I must post today, given the date. And I missed 12/8/16 just a few days ago, so I had better get myself organised.

So … what to write about?

I have been working on the flyer for the Embroiderers Guild, Victoria, for the upcoming members' exhibition. It is called A Secret Garden.

I haven't really used Photoshop much lately, so it was a bit of a challenge to get it done to all the subcommittee's satisfaction. (There was quite a lot of input from various sources.) I also had to do it to the requirements of the printers, which took a bit of playing around but eventually worked.

However, it has been successfully printed and we have also come up with an e-flyer for sending out to friends and other people with whom I have tenuous links through the internet.
Therefore, I will put an image up here. Feel free to pass it on.

If you are in Victoria, or you may visit in the appropriate times, you could visit. It isn't for a while yet which is fortunate as I am still developing ideas in my head.
I haven't worked out what technique I want to use, let alone work on the actual image.

We had a play day at the guild today and used Tyvek. Now I am thinking that I might be able to incorporate that into my work. Lots of playing will be necessary - not a bad thing. There should be time to get it done, handing in day isn't till September 24th.

Monday, August 8, 2016

I really have to post today - it is 8/8/16!
I haven't an idea in mind, will just have to go with the flow.

I have finished my tapestry. It is much smaller than I had hoped as the larger one was a disaster - with a capital D!!

Capital D!!

Now I have a piece that I can put in the exhibition my group has committed to (more on that soon). I haven't cut if off the loom yet, but will do so tomorrow. Then spend the several hours it takes to tidy up the ends, braid the edges, etc. Then I can relax and have another look at the piece that was stressing me.

I have realised that I was rather tense at the time and I think it shows in the tension (tense - tension, get it??). No surprise there. So I may pull out the very tight weaving, that is mostly on the sides, and see if I can make it less pulled in.

Actually, now that I look at it again, it may have more problems than just on the side. But I will start with the side bit, see what happens.
If nothing works, I may put it in the compost heap and see what happens, or use it in a machine embroidery piece. It may not work but now it doesn't matter as I have the smaller piece to put in the exhibition. I can play. Or throw it away.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

The grass is greener.

I don't have much to blog about but just had to today, it is 4/8/16. Love the doubling.

Anyway, what to blog about??

I am plugging away at my tapestry which is due by the end of August. I also have a small piece I should be doing right now, for the machine embroidery group at the Embroiderers Guild on Sunday. Obviously, I am not doing either.

I did go for a walk recently. I had been looking at some thread bowls a friend makes and was struck by the bowl-shaped indentations in the grass. They were made by a radiating plant growing in the middle of grass. The pictures don't do justice to the scene. I took them to remind me and to give me a starting point for a design if I decide to go down that path.

And it is sooooo green - very different from the warmer months.

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Fossils piece continued.

I have been putting silk roving (or whatever it is called) into loosely curled shapes and then laying some water soluble fabric over the top. I copied the design onto the soluble fabric to assist me in the sewing, my freehand sewing is not that good.

I tried some in a hoop. At first I didn't put the soluble fabric from side to side but that wasn't entirely successful, I needed pins to hold it in place.  So then I did two at once in the hoop. 

 I cut the extra soluble fabric away before washing it as I didn't want the piece to be too stiff. The soluble is relatively difficult to get rid of entirely and does change the hand of the fabric.

 Here it is dried out. I used chiffon for the background piece, then a layer of silk hankie (not an actual handkerchief. I think it is a cocoon pulled out into a flat piece that has many layers and then you can peel those layers apart for really thin pieces of silk).

 Then I decided not to use any background fabric. I just laid out the silk roving and put it between two layers of soluble fabric. It might have been easier to use the see-through soluble but I don't have any and I do have a reasonable amount of the other. I am still trying to use up my stash.

I was going to try to sew one without the soluble fabric as it does get flattened and stiffer but the thought of all that loose silk under the needle seemed too challenging. So that experiment can wait for another day - or another life.

Anyway, they are coming along. I just have to work out how to attach them to a background. And make the background first!

This one is quite small, it is lying not the floor beside the heating, drying. 

It has been enjoyable playing with the ideas. Also, because they are all separate pieces, they can easily be discarded, or used differently, if they don't work out properly.

Friday, July 29, 2016

I Wonder What Would Happen ...

I am trying to come up with a design that has some connection to fossils.
We have a fossil lying around in the house, of which I have taken photos.

I have LOTS of silk, scrim and other bits and pieces that I have dyed, mostly using eucalyptus leaves and bark.
Not quite the same studio as in the magazine article.

I played around with this idea, a little bit, a few weeks ago, for one of our machine embroidery group meetings at the Embroiderers Guild of Victoria.

I made one piece too big for the task. It has been hanging around on my pinboard, looking interesting but not particularly useful.

Then I thought … I wonder what would happen if I did several of these. Can I layer them to look like layers of fossils.
Here it is with another couple of trials. 

After playing around with the idea, I keep changing how I am doing it.  The changes are not huge, just trying to work out a better way to make the bits.

I made a couple more pieces similar to the first one - of course I couldn't find any more scrim that colour. So now the pieces are of varying colours.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

How you see things

I was outside the other night and the moon was peeking out between the clouds. It was also behind the gum tree that is next door.
I thought I would try to take a picture but, by the time I got the camera ready, the moon had almost disappeared.
I took the photo anyway.

Today I decided to put the photos from my camera on my computer. I wondered what on earth I had tried to photograph. What was this black image?

When I looked closely, I thought I could see the vague outline of a horse's face.
I've tried to lighten it in Photoshop. If I lighten it too much, it just looks like a tree.

Then I used 'enhance' in iPhoto and it was an amazing difference. No horse's face in sight.
How amazing is 'enhance'??