Category Archives: fabric painting

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.

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Vagaries of spring in the garden and feathery fabric

Spring is here.  One day there is snow, wind and rain, and we shiver, and the next we have a frosty morning and a beautiful sunny day, and temperatures can be in the mid-twenties one day and barely double figures next day.  This will continue until the end of October when the weather settles down (usually) to being sunny and nicely warm, not hot, for a few weeks.

Some plants in the garden are a bit confused – only one iris has flowered

Just one blue iris

Just one blue iris

while the tulip magnolia is budding for all it is worth

Magnolia in bud

Magnolia in bud

Dwarf tulips in bloom

Dwarf tulips in bloom

Echium in bloom

Echium in bloom

while this little red cyclamen is struggling to survive the cold

Red cyclamen

Red cyclamen

However, when the sun has been shining and warm, I have been busy painting and dyeing.  Here are some more of my sun-painted fabrics, resembling feathers, both grey in colour.  One has been ironed and the other hasn’t, can you tell which?

Feathered fabric

Feathered fabric

Grey feathered fabric

Grey feathered fabric

I have painted several colours – bright blue, pinky red, golden yellow and a bright grassy green.  I will take them with me next week to sell at the Tas Quilting Guild’s quarterly meeting, where I have a stall selling my fabrics and a few other quilty things.

This year’s quilt challenge for the Christmas meeting is “Birds”, so I am hoping a few members will like the look of my feathery fabric for their birds and need to have some.

I don’t know what happened to the photos I have posted here.  They are all the same size but WordPress altered them somehow.  My apologies if you can’t see the small one properly.

Markets and Dyeing to Felt

It’s been quite a while since I last wrote here. I’ve been home from my travels for some weeks I know, but I have been busy, first getting results of our quilt exhibition (which was the weekend we returned home) on to the Tasmanian Quilting Guild’s website, and other committee things for the guild as well. I will be putting up on a separate page some of my 2000 photos I took while in Europe, and including quilts from the festival in Ireland, soon.

Markets are happening every couple of weeks for me again, even though it is still winter they are popping up everywhere. I have been to Kingston Beach Handmade Market twice, back to Snug market (which was not good at all for me), and of course to the Tas Quilting Guild’s Friendship Day in Launceston, which is always a wonderful day for everyone there – members, friends, and traders alike.

Fabrics, threads & books at Friendship Day

Fabrics, threads & books at Friendship Day

KBHM market table

KBHM market table

Selection of scarves at Kingston Beach market

Selection of scarves at Kingston Beach market

All these markets have meant getting back to work quickly as stock in some areas is dwindling.  My dyed and felted cotton journals (which sell for $18.50) have all gone and only a couple of small ones (selling at $15.00) are left. Here are a couple of pieces of cotton felt.  The one with squares was indigo dyed a long time ago, and as the dye didn’t take very well to the dry cotton, I overdyed it with colour and it looks so good now. The cotton felt just soaks up the procion dyes so easily, whereas the indigo … well, I’m not sure …

Dyed cotton felt

Dyed cotton felt

Over-dyed cotton felt

Over-dyed cotton felt

The Guild’s challenge for 2013 is “Birds”, and I have painted some fabric which looks like feathers.  I took some to the Friendship Day last Saturday  as a sample, and before I could make the announcement that I had the fabric, it all sold except one piece – so when the sun comes out again, I’ll be painting some more feathers.

Feather fabric before ironing

Feather fabric before ironing

Feather fabrics after ironing

Feather fabrics after ironing

In the meantime, here are a couple of photos from last week.

Snow on Mt Wellington

Snow on Mt Wellington

Spectacular sunrise over the Channel

Spectacular sunrise over the Channel

I made a cake for my youngest daughter’s birthday last week, and put 21 or 22 raspberries around the top – (I couldn’t count to 40 could I?)  Absolutely no calories worth speaking about, and it was demolished in seconds !  🙂

Jen's birthday cake

Jen’s birthday cake

Keep smiling

Sun dyeing bias tapes

Today was such a lovely sunny day with no rain or cloud forecast, that it was perfect for a sun painting day.

I have a number of black and white fabrics that I’ve wanted to transform for quite a while, and a good friend gave me a roll of white cotton bias tape she had in her stash for a while, and said “do something with this”!

Here’s what I did with the fabric – using some orange and red sun dyes – can’t remember the brand (probably Pebeo sundyes) and the labels were all messy with spills – I painted over a piece of commercial black & white fabric –

Original fabric

Original fabric

Painted fabric #1

Painted fabric #1

I moved the fabric out into the sun to dry.  I had used a lot of paint and saturated the fabric resulting in a lot of wet paint left on the plastic table top, so another piece of fabric placed over the wet paint, design side down, and rubbed to absorb the wet paint.

Fabric #2

Fabric #2

This looked so good, I painted the table top with a bit of left over paint for this piece of fabric

fabric #3

fabric #3

I don’t know how much was on the roll of bias tape, but after taking off about 20 metres, there didn’t look to be much change in its size.

Each of 4 pieces 5 metres long, were soaked in warm water, then spread out on the plastic table cloth.  The day was so warm that they had almost dried before I finished painting.

Bias tape ready for soaking

Bias tape ready for soaking

DSCN6611 painting tape

DSCN6612 painted tape in the sun

Blue-green & blue-purple tapes

Blue-green & blue-purple tapes dry and ready for heat setting

Yellow-orange-pink, and yellow-orange-red, heat-set and ready to be rolled up.

yellow-red tape

yellow-red tape

All done, ironed and rolled, they make a lovely rainbow of colour.

A rainbow of bias tapes

A rainbow of bias tapes

With these lovely bias tapes, all I need is a bright quilt to use them on.  🙂

Kingston Beach Handmade Market and sun painting art cloth

Deloraine craft fair is over for another year.  It was very successful for me, talked myself hoarse, saw lots of old friends and met new ones, and sold heaps.

No time to slack off when I got home, it was back to the dyeing studio, to replace the scarves I had sold.

Sunday I was off to the new Kingston Beach Handmade Market at Kingston Beach, the beachside suburb of Hobart.  It was the first day of what looks like being a very good market to be held monthly on the second Sunday.  All stallholders have to apply, and are accepted for their individuality and there’s no duplicating of stalls, giving a greater variety for the visitors.  I’m in again for the next market on 9 December, should be good as it’s Christmas shopping time.

This was my stall, just inside the front door of the hall, my back to the wall so I could display my ladies to advantage.

Flowerpot Quilts at Kingston Beach Handmade Market 11 Nov 2012

There was live entertainment on the stage during the day, this is a choir whose wonderful voices could be heard over the crowds in the hall, and caused much chattering to be a lot quieter.

This photo was taken early in the day before the crowds filled up.

Today being nice and sunny, it was time to do some sun-dyeing.  I have a project on the go that requires some sepia coloured fabric similar to what I used i n my Flowerpot Quilt a couple of months ago.  Using some Dy na flow Ecru and Ochre with an odd drop or two of black I managed to produce these pieces.

The first one got rumpled when the wind flipped it before it was properly dry – a definite diagonal change in colour.

Sun painted 1

Then the next ones, better colour coverage.  The freckles are little bumps in the gravel road surface, and add texture which will do for my purpose perfectly.

sun painted 2

sun painted 3

I’ll have more for you in a couple of weeks when there is something to show.  I’ll keep you in suspense a little longer.

Till next time keep on smiling 🙂

Book covers

Today was play day with paints and stamps and stencils and stuff …..

I thought the patchwork bookcovers I have made for diaries needed a bit extra embellishment.  As the covers were a bit stiff for more stitching or beading, I decided to add some paint. 

Starting with a few covers that were like this one –

with the aid of some paint and a roller –

I stamped some copper-pink metallic paint on a couple of covers and blue sparkle on another.  The metallic shine doesn’t show up very well in the photos though.

and this is the blue cover laying flat

Then I tried out some of the new leaf stencils –

Green and copper paint on a fuschia/purple piece of heavy drill fabric, which may well end up as a large bag.

Cleaning up the roller and tray – instead of rolling a grid on fat quarters ready for another design on top (I have plenty of them already) I found a long piece of blue fabric and rubbed the roller over a large cut out spiral very roughly –

Eight spirals together like this will make a very nice table runner.