Dyed Silk Scarves

November 29, 2014

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Using acid dyes on silk has been rewarding.  Even more rewarding was my investment attending a workshop by Helen Moon at Adelaide.

Helen is a very generous and knowledgeable teacher – I learnt so much and also enjoyed the experience, which has broadened my knowledge and confidence to experiment with acid dyes.

My husband got to work quickly to make me a suitable frame, and I purchased a steamer – all essential tools of the trade!

Here are a few samples of scarves dyed since Helen’s workshop.

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More travel stitching

November 28, 2014

IMG_3511A brief visit to Newcastle meant my fingers were busy again stitching with hand-dyed thread (with Procion MX dye).    This is the outcome.

Time now at home, creating lovelies for Dungog’s monthly market on Saturday 8th December.  Pictures will be posted here shortly!  So please come back.


Stitches of travel

November 23, 2014

Recent travels in Tasmania rekindled my enjoyment of simple stitching.

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Applied to two blocks that never emerged into a large wall-quilt, they have a new life by becoming these mini-placemats.  So so handy!

And a way to show off my hand-dyed cotton using Procion Dyes.

During our travels in Burnie, the paper town, we visited their “Maker’s Workshop”.  This is a fabulous centre housing a gallery, artists shop, cafe with wonderful ocean views, various artist demonstration areas, and a paper making workshop with regular tours.   Highly recommended – a must see if you are in that part of Tassie.  (more on http://www.discovernburnie.net).


More hand-painted Xmas Cards

November 21, 2014

IMG_3473This first card just emerged!   Looking at an abstract painted piece I saw a tree.   Then with a bit of colour it became a Xmas tree!  I hope you like it.  It is my favourite.

Using a gelli-plate and stencils I played around with my Jo Sonja acrylic paints, made a big mess, and these emerged.   There is no mention of words about Xmas, but the colours indicate this theme all too well.  They will be for sale at our local market in Dungog in December.IMG_3471IMG_3472