Painting with Acrylics – a workshop at Dungog

May 29, 2015

Dungog artist Gaye Shields is well known for her beautiful art-work.  Her focus is often of the landscape or the beauties of nature, depicted in a way that really captures the eye.

Our local art group (Dungog Art Society) held a morning’s workshop by Gaye and this is the result of my work, helped along with Gaye’s expert assistance.  Such a teacher!

I am over the moon!

My acrylic art piece created at Gaye Shields workshop on 28/5/15 - at the Dungog Art Society.

My acrylic art piece created at Gaye Shields workshop on 28/5/15 – at the Dungog Art Society.

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Shibori felt brooch

May 23, 2015

Experimenting with resists and dye on hand-made wool felt has been all-absorbing.

This brooch is the end result of playing with colour and shape.  Must say I really enjoy the feeling of hand stitching onto woollen felt.

My inspiration to do this, arose from viewing the stunning brooches made by Chad Alice Hagen;  also generous advice from  Mary Stori, via Pinterest —- their websites are wonderful too.

Oh, to be so fortunate to have inspiration awaiting our eyes and hearts.

My first brooch using shibori resist/dye on woollen hand-made felt.  Inspired by work of Chad Alice Hagen and Mary Stori.

My first brooch using shibori resist/dye on woollen hand-made felt. Inspired by work of Chad Alice Hagen and Mary Stori.

 


Another technique on wool felt using shibori

May 22, 2015

Following my two previous felt experiments, I made this felt piece much thicker.

Instead of using a dyebath I applied a range of different colours (by insertion) into the wool before steaming.  This gave better colour management (in an ad hoc sort of way).

Hopefully these photos give you an idea of the process.  Quite entranced with the result achieved.  Love to hear your comments…..

Another piece of white felt was dyed using plastic & wood resists.

Another piece of white felt was dyed using plastic & wood resists.

The effect.

The effect.

More resistance!

More resistance!

This is the result of various dyes being applied with resists.

This is the result of various dyes being applied with resists.

The other side!

The other side!


Working more into previously dyed felt.

May 20, 2015

Cutting off a piece from yesterday’s (blogged) felt, this was then applied with more shibori resists and plunged into a second dyebath.  This added a further colour dimension to the previous golden yellow (as shown on yesterday’s entry).

Another exciting result, eh?

Refolded, ready for second dye-bath.

Refolded, ready for second dye-bath.

Second piece of felt applied with resists and dyed in a dye-bath.

Second piece of felt applied with resists and dyed in a dye-bath.

With another dye colour added, this is the result.

With another dye colour added, this is the result.


New developments using a dyebath.

May 19, 2015

My internet wanderings led me to the enchanting work by Mary Stori;  also Chad Alice Hagen.

See more of their work on http://www.marystori.blogspot.com;  www.chadalicehagen.com

I am fascinated by brooches created with felted wool and shibori techniques.

If either of these gifted ladies were teaching in Australia I would move heaven and earth to get there.

But alas, I am not so lucky……but lucky enough to jump in and have a go.  This is my first result.  More to come!

Felted background ready for dyeing.
Felted background ready for dyeing.
Shibori technique of folded felt, ready to be dyed.
Shibori technique of folded felt, ready to be dyed.
 The result from the first dyebath.


The result from the first dyebath.


Feeling my way with Felt

May 11, 2015

My adventure into felt-land!

Being introduced to making a felted pod, stirred up all of my creative juices.

Came about when our local group, the Daughters on Dowling,  enjoyed a 1-day workshop led by one of our very clever members.  By layering wool rovings, splashing sudsy water, and using energy to do lots of rolling,  this is the result of the day, and time spent at home following through with more.

Aren’t they beautiful?

No.1 - Made at our workshop under expert tuition.  This is the best!

No.1 – Made at our workshop under expert tuition. This is the best!

No.3 - made at home too, had trouble bonding the silk embellishments.  Stitching and application of beads is the next stage to finish this organic one.

No.3 – made at home too, had trouble bonding the silk embellishments. Stitching and application of beads is the next stage to finish this organic one.

No.2 - made at home.  Marino wool rovings gave ultra-softness to this pod.  Hand stitched for texture.

No.2 – made at home. Marino wool rovings gave ultra-softness to this pod. Hand stitched for texture.


Felt Brooches

May 10, 2015

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Dusting off the embellishing (needle punching) machine it was time to create more brooches.

Working on a piece of pre-felt that I created some time back, I attached pieces of fabric, yarn, and needled these in, followed by stitch to ensure good anchorage.

Next it was time to air my lovely wooden button collection, and beautiful beads, to sit quietly with needle and thread.

I like the organic nature of these…..do you?

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