Contemporary Quilting ‐ Abstraction, Paint & Stitch Workshop
for ATASDA NSW
Sat/Sun 12/13 November 2011 at Epping (Sydney).
This workshop will focus on contemporary quilt making using mixed media and showcasing strong visual imagery.
Students will be guided in the creation of unique, abstract styled fabrics, using textile paints and Shiva oilstiks on paper and fabric.
Each person will create their own sample using varied machine stitching styles, easy‐peasy free‐motion embroidery work, hand stitching, embellishment methods and the creation of visual texture. Contact ATASDA NSW for further details. This workshop is open to members and non-members.
A 3-hour thread dyeing workshop by Lisa Walton filled our minds with lovely ways to dye threads and fabric. A group of 4 of us were diverted from Sydney’s 40+ degree stifling heat and the news of Victoria’s ravaging rain deluges.
I learnt how to wind thread in preparation for dyeing, details about procion dye suppliers, tips on creating intense or gentle colours, effective ways of using a minimum of primaries, dyeing threads and fabrics to create tone, and lots more.
Dyed and gone to heaven is the name of Lisa and Peter’s dyeing business. They create absolutely stunning fabrics all ready for textile art and quilting. Lisa is a member of the Quilters Guild of NSW who will be their featured artist at the Darling Harbour Quilt exhibition in June 2011.
I suggest you google their website http://www.dyedheaven.com to discover their beautiful fabrics, beads, and quilt kits that are for sale. And as an extra, be charmed by the prizes Lisa has won for her stunningly colourful and interesting quilts.
Look at the collection of threads and fabrics I brought home from this dyeing workshop! I had a great morning and it was such good value too. Thank you Lisa.
This year my goal is to improve my sketching skills and complete artistic quilts for walls.
Using thickened paste and Procion mx dyes these cotton fat quarters seem to have incorporated marks, akin to very loose sketches. I have in mind a good use for some of these pieces in art-quilts for walls. I need to create pieces for my group (extraTexture) exhibition in late July at the Balmain Watchouse……more about this coming in future blogs.
Fabric painting it fun to do and I encourage you to try this method of fabric marking.
And just to give you a giggle…. here is a little photo of my giraffe, sketched whilst not looking at what I am doing…..it was hard to do and he is perfect with his lumps and bumps all in the wrong places, but that’s life!