Wednesday, 8 July 2015

Of course we have been doing other things too!

Helen was doing some handwork on canvas. Isn't it pretty?
She says it may be a postcard one day.

Cindy brought along some very interesting show and tell this time. First, she brought a beautiful piece of Jane Bodnaruk's eco-dyed wool felt. Cindy added embroidery and applique to create this gorgeous work!

She also saw a silk scarf she liked, so she bought some silk laps to create a similar one. She laid the laps between two layers of a dissolvable stabiliser and stitched by machine. Then she cut some holes and added adhesive dissolvable stabiliser. She stitched around the holes she'd made and washed out the stabiliser.
Isn't it gorgeous?

This piece is inspired by the Aurora Borealis and is for the extraTexture exhibition, Flight, to be held at the Balmain Watch House in August. It's made from painted fusible web on cotton, with tulle and organza. It will be framed for display. You can follow the exploits of the extraTexture girls on their blog.

Her last work was an experimental art quilt made from an online website, using machine stitching and watercolour pencils.

She's so clever , isn't she?

Nola finished her book page that she was working on back here for the book round robin.
It will be interesting to see this book finished, won't it? You can see where she's going with this on her blog.

See you after our next meeting!

Monday, 6 July 2015


It's colds and flu season, so just four postcards were swapped this time.

Nola made her postcard from some sun-dyed fabric. She added some applique stars, some beads and created an edge with couched yarn.

Helen trapped threads and snippets of cloth under organza and machine stitched them down.

Yvonne laid down strips of tulle and hand stitched with fancy threads. Her postcard was mounted on card.

Cindy's postcard had a background of hand stamped cloth, overlaid with organza and machine stitched. Her postcard also had a card background.

So there we are. Once again, all different and all interesting!

Saturday, 4 July 2015

I think that I shall never see...

... two trees that are the same in our journals! It's amazing - every time we bring our tree journals, we've done something different.

Helen's tree each month shares the same initial as the month so M for May is also M for Maple. She created several pages with acrylic paints and pen, in honour of this beautiful tree with its distinctive leaves, which provides us with glorious colour in May.

These pages were created from the maple photos in Photoshop.

Gorgeous possibilities here for stitch!

Yvonne was interested in the seeds of the raintree, parachidendron pruinosum. This is another Australian tree, found in the rainforests of the eastern coast, from the tropics to south of Sydney. The seed pods make interesting twisted shapes, with very black seeds. Gorgeous!

Yvonne's drawing was made with graphite pencil and watercolour pencils.

Nola is using her Trees book to try different techniques. This time, she was working with pastels. She coloured the background of her pages with soft pastels, and then painted over the loose pastels with gesso. This softened the colour and fixed the surface. Then she used her paper tree stencils and added more pastels through the stencil and then another layer of gesso. Shadows of contrasting colours and highlights of white were added.The result was very soft.

The background of the third page was made the same way, but the loose residue of the soft pastels on the surface of the stencil was dragged into the holes before more gesso was added for stability.
Her last tree was created the same way but highlights and shadows were added with oil pastels, which gave sharper lines and more shine.

Maz continues her research on Australian trees.

More trees next month!