Friday, 16 May 2014

And here's a few things we've been working on...

Remember this scarf that Carol was working on back here? No, it still isn't finished but it's getting very long! She says it's about half way now...

Jan's been working on this embroidery for a while too, but I think it missed being photographed.


Maz has been working on a piece for the ATASDA display at the Sydney Craft and Quilt Fair in June. The theme is Celebrations, in honour of ATASDA's 40th birthday this year.
Tricia came to visit us and brought along a couple of quilts she's making. One is a surprise so we can't show it here, but here's the other one. She made it from a jellyroll of batik fabrics she bought in Arrowtown in New Zealand, so she's called it Seasons of Arrowtown.
Nola has been knitting mittens for her daughter....

... and a vest for her husband...
She's about to start a new project. So we're always busy here at Fibrecircle!

Monday, 5 May 2014

And yet more postcards...

What an interesting mix of postcards this month!

Helen's latest postcard was machine stitched freehand on a base of Sinamay. Never heard of Sinamay? It's made from a fibre made from a variety of banana called abaca, which is native to the Philippines but is now grown in plantations elsewhere. Its main textile use is in hat-making, though a quick Internet search says it's also used in teabags, filters and  banknotes. So now we know..

Helen mounted her stitched Sinamay on card, leaving the edges ragged, though Sinamay doesn't fray.
Maz made her postcard using painted fusible web, mounted on sun-dyed silk.
She edged her postcard with running stitches, fraying the silk edges to a fringe.
Jan's postcard was hand embroidered on fabric she had hand-dyed. She left some of the fabric edges raw for more interest.
The edges were turned under and slip-stitched.
Yvonne made a Houses postcard. The backing was painted cotton cloth, as were the houses she glued on. She added strands of yarn and lace. The edge was hand stitched with buttonhole stitch.
Nola's postcard was called Moon Lantern. The background was painted with fabric and acrylic paints, with rows of hand running stitch. The edges were finished by turning the backing over the front, and couching a narrow ribbon over the raw edge with herringbone stitch.

Five postcards all using different techniques and edged differently. We certainly seem to take these postcard challenges to some interesting places!