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Dyeing classes for summer 2015-2016

the grass is riz, the lawn needs mowing, but to the studio is where I’m going! Apologies to whoever wrote the old phrase “Spring is sprung, the grass is riz……”

With longer days and warmer temperatures, I’m spending lots of time in my studio dyeing and painting, and I can’t wait for really warm (hot) weather to start up an indigo vat also.

Dates have been set for my dyeing classes (play days for fabriholics) .  If you are interested in any of them, leave a comment below and I’ll send you the list of requirements.

Dyeing workshops – summer 2015–2016.  Second Saturday each month

October 10 – Dyeing day with Procion MX dyes. Using pure primary colours and not-pure primary colours, we will create some stunning bright and pastel neutral shades. Cotton or silk fabrics only.

November 14 – Painting day. Hoping for a sunny day, we will do some sun dyeing, shibori painting, and sun printing using found objects as a resist. Any fabric except wool will work for this.

December 12 – Dyeing with indigo. Explore this ancient method of changing colours. Try various shibori techniques. Works with any fabrics that are light to medium in colour.

January 9 – Create a piece of fabulous art cloth. Explore various methods of transferring designs on to fabric, using rubber stamps, wood blocks, gelli plates, monoprinting, and removing colour from the fabric with discharge paste and/or bleach products.

February 13 – to be decided.

March 12 – long weekend, we may change the date.

All classes are held here in my studio at Flowerpot, 9.30am to 4pm-ish.

Day 1 of the Channel Art Trail

A warm sunny day, and lots of people came down the Channel to see the exhibitions and artists’ studios.

Here at Flowerpot, we had plenty of visitors who came to check us out.  This picture shows a couple of ladies looking at the bags in Jen’s “studio space”, with Jen working on another of her lovely creations.

Visitors in Marcato studio space

On the back wall of my studio are some of my favourite quilts. In the centre and right of the picture is part of my Flowerpot Quilts shop, and some silk scarves hanging right in front.

Back wall of my studio

After having several enquiries today about dyeing , I think  it’s time to start my classes again, and get organised for the coming summer.  I’ll let you know soon.

Scarves and quilt classes

My, hasn’t the year gone quickly, it’s the end of August already.  That should mean the end of winter, but the weather still has a lot of antarctic feel about it.

We’re off to Perth W.A. tomorrow, initially for my DH to attend a vintage machinery rally (where I hope to sell some of my scarves at the “other part” of the rally) this weekend, and after to explore the south west corner of the state for a week or so – should be good.  And maybe we might get to see some of the West’s famous wildflowers while we’re there.

This last weekend, I spent in Hobart doing Helen Godden’s classes – 4 in the Raw, and Walk on the Wildside – wonderful 3 days, came home very inspired.

Walk on the Wildside class result, Helen at the back.

These are my results, neither of them completed, time to finish them when I get back from WA.

4 in the Raw - falling autumn leaves

Walk on the Wildside - Mother giraffe and baby

Click on the picture to see the machine quilting, it is black thread on my hand dyed fabrics.  I was a bit nervous about using black, as normally I would have used, say for this project, a light coloured thread and variegated to completely blend in to the background.  I really like the result, so will most likely use black again. The texture thread on the giraffes is a gold metallic Madiera.

I’m still knitting the CanCan scarves, as they are proving very popular.  They are for sale for $25 each plus postage (I use Express Mail in Australia, for 2 reasons – it is quick and reliable, and can be traced if it is delayed or goes astray).  Email me ( if you would like one of these great scarves.

CanCan scarves

I have other colours – a variegated purple, variegated blue (yummy colour), deep purple, bright fuschia, and a multicolour, all about 1.5m long but will stretch out to about 2m.

Scrappy jacket class

When we get back from our overseas holiday, my first job will be preparing for this year’s jacket class.  It is a fun jacket, easy to make, great to wear, stunning to look at, and you get to use up lots of those little bits of left over scraps.  Accurate stitching is not so important as the stitches will blend into the fabrics, but it does make a very nice warm winter jacket for any occasion.

The technique is simple, raw edge applique, and you only need basic sewing skills but with some knowledge of dressmaking to put the jacket together and finish off.

I will be teaching it in July at Possum Patch/Easysew store in Hobart.  If you want to know more, or enrol in the class, contact me or Judy at Easysew.  I will be available to teach it at any other venue from September onwards – get in touch with me.

Jacket class

Making the fabric for this jacket seems to take forever, along the way you learn a lot about colour and colour theory.  For instance, Barbara wanted a green jacket, and had added a couple of reds, pinks and cream with several medium greens.  Strips laid out on the table

looked very pink this way,

and very  red and cream this way,

but very green when all sewn together, it’s all in the placement of the accent strips which brings it all together. 

Next lesson the jacket will be put together and quilted lining added.  Here are my samples for these classes.  Each time I take this class I end up with a new vest or jacket (most do get finished).

This one is very much a stash buster, and has turned out quite  pink.  So I have cut out a vest and the applique is a deep maroon with a touch of orange.

And I can make a bag with left overs and the practice applique.

The colours of the fabrics  are a lot brighter in real life.

So I’m off to the sewing room to get my homework done, and I can look out the window at the garden while I work.  Of course the sun came out after I had taken this photo.