Wednesday, 27 February 2013

February #2

On Saturday, Fibrecircle will be showing and selling some of our work at the NSW ATASDA meeting at Epping from 10am. Here's just a taste of what we have to show you.

Bev's beautiful badges, made from old lace, silk snippets and hand embroidery:
Tricia and Nola's scarves, including these new ones that you won't have seen here:

Fat quarters  of quilters' muslin
 all sorts of other lovely things, like the dyed socks and t-shirts and Nola's hand painted kids' tees.

Helen has beautiful gift tags and embroidered rock paperweights, Carol has bookmarks ...
well, you'll just have to come along and see, won't you?

February #1

For the first time since November, we finally had a full house at Fibrecircle this week, which was great! Everyone had plenty of stories to tell and there was a lot of interesting work on show.

Jan brought along her latest explorations in natural dyeing. This scarf was dyed with onion skins and rusty metal. The metal effectively added ferrous to the bath, making the colours darker.

It's so delicate and subtle, so it's hard to photograph, but so beautiful.

Her second scarf was dyed with teabags, red cabbage, in a bath of onion skins and rusty metal.

It's also quite subtle but has a quite obvious pattern on it from the red cabbage.

She also brought along some more naturally dyed cards. The leaf patterns are subtle and lovely.

Maz brought along some dyeing she did recently in a class with Barbara Schey. This cheesecloth was folded and stitched in rows of four, before being dyed in napthol dye.
This piece of 6mom silk had a two-step process. First, it was dyed turquoise with fibre reactive dye and, once it was dry, it was stitched and over-dyed with black fibre reactive dye.
She dyed this piece of 6mom silk with napthol in red and blue baths, after adding various folds, pleats, inverted pleats and stitched semicircles.

Finally, she layered cotton lawn pieces with silk in between and stitches a pattern with the sewing machine. The cloth was dyed in a red napthol bath.
Interestingly, the colour of the silk is totally different than the colour on the cotton. One more example of the alchemy that is dyeing!

Maz was working on a piece inspired by Highways and Byways by Paul Klee, which she's doing with another group of friends.
It's hand painted silk, with simple hand stitching so far. The colours are just gorgeous.
More soon!

Friday, 22 February 2013

Summer's end

Welcome back to the sixth year of our textile playdays! Doesn't time fly? It's interesting to look back on what we've done as a group since we first started meeting, way back then. From a group that was mostly experimenting with techniques we hadn't tried, we've become a group of people who make and exhibit work in very individual ways, work collaboratively and challenge each other. Some of us make work for sale. It seems to be that there's a message there, for anyone who's thinking they'd benefit from meeting with other like-minded people: Just try it and see where it leads you!

We've already met a few times this year, but members have been holidaying and travelling, marrying off children and hosting Significant Birthday parties for parents, so we haven't managed a full house yet. Here's some highlights from what we've been doing over the summer.

Helen embroidered these small works for an exhibition, "Two Eyes", later in the year. They look very exotic, don't they?
Here is Jan's Paint Chip Challenge piece. It's a journal cover, which you saw unfinished here at our dyeing day in November.
It's a fantastic use of her chip colours, don't you think? It's very subtle colouring.
Nola is working on her challenge too. Her colours were very different to Jan's, and very hard to match. She was able to match the colours in embroidery thread so she chose to embroider the fine pinwale corduroy in a Jacobean style.
This is one side of a bag.

Maz has painted a background for her challenge piece, another way of getting just the right colours.
She's about to start stitching. Should be good!

Meanwhile, she's been working on some beading.
It's incredibly complex and looks beautiful.

Helen has been reading a book by Ralph Steadman. He's a British cartoonist and artist who, among other things, likes to create bizarre animal figures  with whimsical Latin names. You can see examples of his work here. She was so taken with the idea of creating these fantasy animals that she experimented with making some of her own.
 Here is her Amazonian Carnivorous Butterfly...
... and her red Blunt-Eared Rabbit.
She's also been embroidering some more of these gorgeous three dimensional pieces. They come with their own little bag.

Stay tuned for more! We're all madly creating things for our display and sale of work at the NSW ATASDA meeting in March.