Thursday, 19 January 2017

Sad news

The news took the long way round to reach Oz but we're sad to hear our friend Jan Bass from the US died late last year.

Jan came into our group as a summer visitor back in 2009 and after several summer visits, she spent time with us from late 2012-2014, before returning to the States. She was good company, a warm, sometimes wry, observer of life always with just the right phrase, as well as a talented textile artist, from whom we learnt heaps.

She blogged under fibreartgoddess but sadly, her blog and her amazing talent are no more.

Our thoughts go out to Len and the family.

Wednesday, 10 August 2016

And a few more postcards, of course!

Only a few this time, because we have all been so busy, travelling and generally out of sync.

Here's one by Helen, made with couched yarn and snippets with a fabric overlay and beading.
 This photo really doesn't do justice to the richness of the colours!

This one is a rare knitted postcard, from Yvonne.

 She threaded extra yarn in the knitting and couched in to the background.

This one is a beautiful stitched patterns of subtle colours, from Maz.

It's all hand stitched, of course - Maz's favourite!

More postcards, we hope, next month. Meanwhile, we're busy choosing our favourites to display, with other ATASDA postcards and some magic boxes, in the display cabinets at the Epping Creative Centre, Stanley Rd, Epping, New South Wales in December 2016-January 2017.

Monday, 8 August 2016

Other things we're doing...

Helen has been making another book. The theme of this one is Lemon, Lime and Orange.

 Gorgeous colours, aren't they?

Helen also brought along a challenge piece she's been making for another group. It involved food dyes, lace, thread couching, beads and found objects.

She thinks it may be another postcard.

She was also working on another canvas work embroidery, which is intended to be a purse, when it grows up.
It's going to be a beautiful purse, isn't it?

Yvonne was knitting a boy's jersey for her little grandson.
It's a very modern looking style isn't it?

Carol has also been knitting, in her case a cowl scarf (sorry, no photo!) She was also making flowers, which are prototypes for a journal cover she plans to make.

Last of all, Maz has been travelling the world and here's what she brought back for each of us!
Yep, there's lace and buttons and unusual fabrics. I wonder what these will become?

Next, our latest postcards..

Saturday, 6 August 2016


Here are some of our latest images on the Habitations theme.

Maz has been researching landscape design - outdoor human habitations. 

Maz isn't sure if this is taking her anywhere she wants to go. We'll see what happens next.

Nola was drawing this month, in an effort to improve her drawing skills. She decided to draw a house she lived in years ago, in Samoa.

She says she's not really happy with the shadows but it was good drawing practice!

Helen is continuing with her storybook but she didn't have pages to show last month. We'll be seeing more Habitation work on Monday....

Saturday, 9 July 2016

At sixes and sevens

Things really have been in a muddle here at Fibrecircle! We missed three meetings in the last three months due to clashes with public holidays. Even when we did meet, only a few of us could make it., because of travel and other commitments. Things should be way better from now on.

Of course we've still been making things, even though we haven't been getting together so much.

The first thing we made was a collaborative work for the ATASDA façade exhibition at the Palm House at the Sydney Botanic Garden. As we like to make postcards, we decided to make a work  inspired by those old-fashioned postcard booklets showing the highlights of a particular pace or region. Our fictional town of Fibriccerre is somewhere in the Mediterranean and has everything - a castle, galleries, fancy houses, a café, the beach... everything anyone could want. 

Helen has been making things for her group to show at the Embroiderers' Guild State Exhibition later this year. First, she needed to make a lollipop...

And then a church....

The exhibition will be held Friday 26 to Sunday 28 August 2016 at the Concord West Masonic Hall, Concord Rd, Concord West. It shows works from individual members plus works from their groups, like Helen's group. There will also be a display of botanical-related works by members, to support a display by a botanical artist who interprets some of her works in stitches. It's going to be an interesting exhibition!

We've also been learning new stuff. Helen made a book in a recent class. This is the cover...
 .. and these are some of the pages inside.

Did you know what a quincunx is? Well, now you do!

Yvonne also made two books, in a class with Peter Stanford at the Hand Spinners and Weavers Guild Summer School.

Cindy is continuing her online class with Linda and Laura Kemshall.  This time, she was printing with her printer onto tracing paper and adding stamping and other media.


Nola has been drawing a lot lately and what she's been drawing is... bags.

I guess we'll hear more about this in due course...

We meet again next week - see you then!

Friday, 25 March 2016

More Habitation

It's always interesting to see how each of us approaches a theme.

Yvonne brought alone some drawings she had made for our collaborative work for the Façade exhibition. They fitted very nicely with our theme.
She was focusing on castles and forts, which are also a kind of human habitation.

Maz likes to define first and then do a lot of research on specific things that take her interest. This month, she was still in her defining stage. She found lots of words about habitations..
... and definitions.

Then she started to think about human habitations...

...and animal habitats.

Then she began to research Japanese Macaques. These animals are the northernmost primates that aren't human and they live in a very harsh environment.


They  look like they're wearing fluffy parkas, don't they?

She's also thinking about façade as a theme. As well as our collaborative work, she's also making a personal work for the Façade exhibition.

Nola likes to use our themes as a way of working out technique issues or trying out new techniques. This month, she had some sample prints from making her section of the Façade work.

Cindy likes to work in mixed media, combining all kinds of art techniques. her pages are always a delight! This month, she had gone back to the cover of her book.

She had also added a flap from the back cover. As well as a marker, it protects the underneath pages as she works, so over time, it will build up colour of its own.

She also added an image behind the door on her front page.
This month she continued her fascination with doors by creating a "Moroccan Fantasy".

 Next time - some images of our Façade pieces! (Maybe)

Monday, 21 March 2016

Some work we've been doing

The things we make in our time together and the things we make on our own at home are always interesting to see. You can see how different we all are, in the things we like to make.

You know Helen will be embroidering, probably on rug canvas.

She was working on this a few weeks back.  She said, "just don't ask me what it will be when it's finished". So we didn't. I  guess we'll find out in due course.

It was Robin's last meeting with us, as she's moving away soon. We'll miss her!
She was knitting, as she loves to do. This time, it was an intarsia jacket from the Jane Slicer-Smith book, Swing Swagger Drape.

Cindy was embroidering on paper. She likes to work in a mixed media kind of way, often involving paper. 

The piece is part of a collaborative work we're making for an exhibition. You'll see the various parts in due course, when they come in to us in March, and then the finished work. in April.

Carol loves all things shiny. This time, she was incising metal shim as an experiment.

She thinks it might be a book cover later on. Or maybe just a sample.

It certainly gives a gorgeous effect!

Nola was putting together her journal for the exhibition work she made late last year. Yes, usually you would do the journal as you go! But she had been keeping an online log throughout the process, and this was assembling the log and her samples into a visual record of her process. It's more useful to use in the future in this format than as a computer log, though the log is easier to keep as she goes.

Cindy brought along some sketchbooks she's using for an online course with Linda and Laura Kemshall. It's strongly focused on drawing but in a mixed media context.

They're gorgeous, aren't they?

Nola showed us some sample prints she'd made, on paper and cloth, exploring the possibilities of the foam board print plate.

This one was a three-colour print on cloth, experimenting with overlays to create shadows. The weave of the cloth is also a visible feature, as the print is only about 15cm x 10xm (6in x 4in).

We had very few postcards to swap, because we were all working hard on our collaborative work.
This one was made by Maz. 
It's hand stitched onto a cloth background, with the edges turned over a card base.

Cindy layered fabric strips and machine- stitched them down with fancy stitches. She added an applique butterfly created wit hand stitch.

The edges were machine satin stitched with variegated thread.

Next time, more about Habitation...