Tuesday, 14 February 2012

February already!

Good grief, in the words of Charlie Brown. It's February already! Fibrecircle met again for the third time this year, again with a smaller number than usual.

One of our plans for 2012 involves bringing along some of our many "backgrounds" - pieces of fabric that we've dyed, painted, printed and otherwise altered - to discuss that we can do with them. Helen brought along a clean-up cloth that she'd like to use in some way.
We all agreed that it really needed the white background coloured in some way, perhaps with dyes or inks. It's quite a large piece of fabric, larger than you'd need for a book cover, for example. One idea we had was to make it into a handbag, gathered into a plain band and with plain handles. What do you think? What you do thik she should do with a piece of fabric like this?

Helen also brought along some really striking glass beads that a family member brought back from Jerusalem. They're chunky and quirky, and probably quite fragile.
Helen was working on a piece of canvas embroidery - no surprises there! This one will be a book cover, which she thinks she might sell. Like all her work, it's beautiful.
Nola was painting the Zentangle that Toni Valentine drew at the ATASDA Christmas party in 2011. Members drew on the "tablecloths", which were cut up and shared around. The challenge is to make something for the March meeting.
Bev was working on a piece for an exhibition. It involves postcards, but we can't say more. You'll see the finished work in due course.
Carol was knitting the slippers that she was working on back here. She's really made some progress on these lately.
We decided to play with marbling with shaving cream. You layer shaving cream into a container and drizzle over thinned acrylic paints. Here are Nola and Bev using syringes and spoons to drizzle the paint.
You lay the fabric over the surface and gently pat it onto the colour. Pull the fabric off, with a layer of shaving cream and colour, and set it aside for a little while. Scrape off the excess shaving cream and the colours stay on the fabric.
Then we tried it with transfer paints, which are a kind of dye.
 

We realised after the event that transfer paints only transfer to man-made fibres, so we thought perhaps these ones might not adhere. But they coped fine with initial washing, although they lost some colour. It's always worth trying these things!

Until next time...