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.