Archive for the ‘Bonding’ Category

July was a great meeting for demonstrating techniques and learning from each other. The soldering iron technique on synthetic materials is one that several of our members have experimented with so there were many ‘hot’ samples and ideas being shared around.

Demo of the process of cutting with the heat tool (using safety equipment)

Demo solder

We began with painted fusible on synthetic felt:

painted bondaweb

Ironed on additional synthetic fabrics

Ironed on additional synthetic fabrics


Then began the fun of cutting out shapes

Then began the fun of cutting out shapes



solder 13

solder 12

And with templates


And repositioning them or adding details using the soldering iron to re-attach:




solder 11


And a sampler of mark making

And a sampler of mark making

We also had a few of last month’s stitching being worked further:

stitch 2

stitch 1

stitch 3

stitch 4

Fantastic array of work ladies!

Next meeting will be August 9th-stitching on paper. Watch out for an email with further details.


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Just an update. Claudia decided to use one of the spare 5 cm squares to make herself a key tag to attach to her lanyard with her gym card, perhaps some others might like to do the same.

She ironed on pelmet vilene and then vliesofixed some fabric on the back. We poked a whole in the corner and used the hammer to attach an eyelet.

key tag 1

key tag 2If anyone has any other great ideas just email through some photos.

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Our Guild was very lucky to have Kim Thittichai squeeze  us  into her schedule  for a fun-filled two days, when visiting Australia recently.

Many members of the GeeTAG group signed up for the workshop and we were not disappointed.

Kim was a very professional and generous tutor and it was sensational to get to try out her HOT Techniques. I have a folder full of samples from the techniques she demonstrated.

Kim has given a great round up of her trip to Geelong here and here.


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Time to begin catching up with the creativeness of our GeeTAG group.

I have a few photos of a recent meeting of the group where Shirley demonstrated how she made her lovely painted, stitched and textured pieces with Angie Hughes at last year’s Geelong textiles forum. Shirley brought along her wonderful pressurised spray bottles and we all had great fun spray painting our pieces of white cotton velvet. Then we removed some paint, then we stamped some more paint and added foil. Then we covered in sheer, stitched and distressed/cut away. All of this took two sessions over two months. Below are some progress shots:

These are both Pauline’s’s I believe. I have taken photos of my two but haven’t worked out how to get the photos off my new Nikon SLR and into the computer!!! I’m sure there should be a lead somewhere but will have to wait for 16 year old son to come home and show me!!!

Our next get together will be the Geelong Branch of the Embroiderer’s Guild exhibition next weekend where I should be able to take lots of photos of the groups work, nothing like a deadline to get you motivated!

Another post is following shortly showing the fun some of our members had at the recent TAFTA Geelong Forum and also a great workshop with Alice Clague on Tyvek.

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We have just had another experimentation day with our Creative textile group and I managed to remember the camera, so this post will be a catch up for September as well.

Our September meeting was experimenting with stamping on pellon. Here are some gorgeous rich samples:

pauleen's blocks1b

pauleen's blocks2

We also tried out some foiling on panne velvet:

foiling 1 In our October workshop we all managed some fantastic results using felt or panne and cotton velvet, gesso, UTEE, embossing powders and stamps. This technique was very popular and I can see these motifs finding their way onto book covers, bags and other pieces of art.

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stamping 3


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embossed stampOur second technique this month was fusing chiffon onto stitched watercolour paper and stencilling xpandaprint.

These are samples before painting and gilding (I just love this effect!)

stencil swirl


And after adding some colour:

stamping gillian

These projects were all guided by Beryl Taylor’s great techniques book ‘Mixed Media Explorations’

And finally some wonderful cutwork applique that was brought for show and tell:


cut work forest

Just a reminder that the Golden Plains Art Trail is on the weekend of 24th/25th October. If you go to the link you can download the program. There is a group of fantastic textile artists displaying on the Saturday in Bannockburn. I will be going in the afternoon, so email me if you want to meet for a coffee.

Our November meeting will be playing with Tyvek and stitching metal. You should have the requirements as they were emailed last month. (Just email if you need another copy)





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Just a fancy name for sandwiching, which is what a select group did during this month’s meeting.

Following the instructions in Beryl Taylor‘s fantastic book we embedded and layered using copious amounts of vliesofix.

Carmel and Gillian did some lovely rich coloured pieces, Jenny and I experimented with various combinations, Jacqui gave her sewing machine a workout and Claudia made little “cm’s” for everyone (we are metric in Oz so we can’t call them inchies).

Claudia’s embedding experiments:

claudia's embedding:e

Pauleen was away but has caught up quickly since arriving home. Here is one of her pieces and her technique.

Pauleen's sandwichThis is my sandwiching experiment. I know it is very like some of my other work.  I ironed my wonder under on before I put the fabric snippets and threads on.I didn’t like the chiffon over the top, so I burnt a lot of it away. I have done some foiling which I haven’t done much of before and then stuck jewels (from the scrapbooking shop)  onto the fabric instead of the shisha mirrors which I didn’t have. I think sequins would be good too. I then stitched over the top.

I’m still awaiting photos of some of the lovely pieces as they are completed, mine still needs some hand stitching and beading.

Many of our group have flitted off to places near and far, generally somewhere warmer than wintering here in the south of Australia! We hope to catch up with them all at the September meeting when we will be using pellon (Note: I think that means pelmet vilene) and etching velvet. Email me if you have lost the materials listing. Don’t forget to check out my blog for my wonderful trip to Perth for a workshop with the ‘in’famous textile artist, Maggie Grey from the UK.

Hope to see you in September.

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