Mixed media collage – cool colours

February 9, 2011

Silk and cotton fabrics feature in this little quilt – many I hand dyed.   Also included is a glorious metal rose from my treasure trove.  And…to add an international flavour,  embroidered Indian sari cloth and fabric from Argentina.

I love most colours.  Especially blue.   It is a colour I will never grow tired of, a bit like my love of greens and all the other colours of nature.   As a child living in Adelaide I spent a lot of time with my family on boats frequently sailing to Kangaroo Island and Port Lincoln during my school holidays  – I have very fond memories of being mesmerized by the colour of deep sea.  

This piece of textile art is reflective of those times.   Time to enjoy the great summer blue skies of southern Australia and all the shades of blue that only comes from very deep ocean waters.   Sailing at nighttime, the sea turns black – watching the water gush past the portholes I loved watching twinkles from white/silvery miniature sealife.   And when the dawn skies showed purple tones, it was a warning of rough weather to come.

T0 show these colours of life at sea, my piece includes pieces of silk and cotton fabrics that I dyed some time ago.  


Teaching in 2011

February 8, 2011

Contemporary Quilting ‐ Abstraction, Paint & Stitch Workshop


 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, easypeasy 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.


Hot thread dyeing mini-workshop with Lisa Walton

February 7, 2011

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.

Summer time fabric painting

February 1, 2011

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!