Wet felting

April 27, 2016

Another challenge – this time to create a round piece big enough to stand something big and heavy on……….it’s like a huge placemat.  Using country colours of skies and river water, I selected merino wool rovings in blues, greys, creams, to felt 5 layers of fleece in this piece.

Reorganising my dyeing room I had the perfect place for this work.   I do enjoy my workspace under the house….where it doesn’t matter too much how much water I splash around during the felting process.

 


Merino wool

April 19, 2016

This small piece of felted wool is a test sample as I wanted to see how well this particular wool roving would felt.

Working with variegated coloured roving, three layers were laid out.  A juggling act it was, to maintain the seperation of colours.  Muscle power was applied, as it must, when wet felting.  It turned out to be quite attractive don’t you think?

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Working with copper tjaps

April 18, 2016

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tjaps are traditional copper tools used primarily for batik printing on fabric.

These tools are handcrafted in Indonesia, particularly Java region.

Being an old art that is being replaced by modern machinery, the tjaps are not being produced like they used to be.  I am grateful to receive a few tjaps in my possession.

They are a piece of art in themselves, taking many hours (and in some cases days) to produce them with a flat even surface that facilitates good clear prints.

Working with tjaps and wax and dye is also an art in itself.  Too much wax and you get a glug;  too little and a whisper image can only be discerned.

 I am pretty excited by these two results that emerged onto habotai silk.

 

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Felt good!

April 8, 2016

Feeling good about the test samples I have hand  felted, it felt right to start a large wall hanging.  Here’s a sneak peak of some of my work before wet-felting and fulling took place.

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Set-up to make the right table height was imperative to avoid neglecting my body.  Laying out five layers of rovings took its toll and I felt the strain on my legs from hours and hours of standing.

Here’s a pic of of my foundation work for this piece.

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It was then topped with coloured wool and silk rovings and yarns to loosely create a landscape image,  based on Dungog’s hills and nature.  The clocked ticked away!

It has been fully wet-felted and is now resting (me too) and drying out so that the next stage ….. stitching, can then be worked.


Tote bags

March 28, 2016

Some of my special fabrics I created have been released from my sprawling stash to be made into functional items.

These rwo bags were made from a disperse dyed flora image, and from a crazy patchwork block that I made earlier this year.image.jpeg

They have been lined with lightweight polyester mesh for extra strength.

Made especially for a fundraiser market day to assist our local hospital’s funds for special patients needs.  A great cause!


Disperse dyeing workshop

March 14, 2016

Addictive is how the group reacted to using disperse dyes during the 1-day workshop I tutored at Dungog.  For the relaxed and friendly group of textile artists, of which I am a member.  Each month one of us teaches a technique that relates to fibre and stitch.

We had a great day painting my disperse dyes that had been sitting dormant in my art cupboard.

Finishing later than expected was an indication of everyone’s attraction……And then taking dyes & ideas back home to continue creating imagery on cloth for our exhibition later this year.

Here’s few pics to show the creativity explorations with with colour & flora.

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Workshopping with Disperse Dyes

March 4, 2016

imageDyeing fabric using nature’s plant life.

Preparing to conduct a friendly workshop for local textile artists next week in Dungog, these photos show you some samples I have made.

Using disperse dyes to paint imagery on paper, heat and pressure is then applied to transfer the images to cloth.

This process occurs when the dyes vaporises and moves from paper to polyester fabrics.

Their vibrant colours and transparency brings opportunity for complex design & imagery.  I am eager to see what creations emerge from the group.


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