Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Dyeing day and more

Please note this is dyeing with an "e"...

I was running short of some colours of fabric for my next project. So dyeing it had to be. I resorted to using hot water dyes as the weather is really too cold for cold water dyeing and the associated batching time in a warm room.

I enjoy the consistency of hot water dyeing.... but hate the stirring of the brew, and become quite impatient. The results are always guaranteed to be good though - so I force myself to be patient. So pleasing to get good results everytime..

So here are some of the pieces of cloth I dyed this week, still need a few more colours, but at least I can make a start on some journal quilts I want to make. I use a lot of my own coloured fabrics, my fabric stash of purchased prints is not very large.... but I have quite a few yards/meters of neutral fabrics for dyeing and printing.

My daughter came round today to make use of my studio again . We managed to make this little quiltlet for grandson.
He has had his room re-decorated and this will be the first of 2 wall hangings we are making for his wall. Yes... he loves dinosaurs as do lots of 6 year old boys. We have finished the top of the other, but still have the quilting to do and finishing. This one is already on his wall.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Time flies

Problems with blogger this week have halted my posting , but I seem to be back in business now------at last!

It has been a busy week, lots of lovely textiles on Monday and Tuesday.

Had a talk on Monday to the Embroiderers Guild group I belong to by Alison Harper and most interesting to learn how she reuses refuse such as crisp packets to create her textiles, not my preferred method of working, but it made me think.

Then on Tuesday working with the lovely local GWE group I belong to... we had a great time stitching and chatting together all day, preparing for our next exhibition in April.

Another excitement is the arrival of this lovely stripey linen scarf in the post from a new gift shop ,a good mate has recently opened.... have a look here and on FB.

Friday, February 04, 2011

Art around the world anyone?

So do you go to lots of art galleries and exhibitions?
That's OK on a local level when perhaps you have access to exhibitions and galleries and fellow artists, but getting to some of the bigger art galleries to see works of art is often impossible and involves making a lot of travel arrangements.
So when I fell across this I was impressed. Have a look at the google art project
Just as much fun as google earth. Let me know what you think in the comments

Thursday, February 03, 2011

Disappearing Patchwork

My Daughter has recently expressed a passion for creating patchwork, so she organised childcare for the day and came round to my studio to play. We had a great time.

The result being this disappearing 9 patch . I got the pattern from the chick pea studio
strangely it is called a birthing quilt ( not quite sure what that is? )... but the instructions were clear and simple for my daughter to understand.

We did not make a quilt, but a cushion cover for youngest Grandaughter. I had already digitised and stiched a name label for her. Needless to say grandaughter is thrilled with it. The cushion even had to go to nursery today. Isn't it wonderful when a piece of work is so appreciated? Even if it is a soon to be 4 year old? The matching quilt is the next project.... it has been ordered ;0)