Archive for the ‘Dyeing’ Category

Several members had been away at Fibre Arts Australia and came along to the meeting with some show and tell of their class.

Jo’s class -Text in Art Textiles with Claire Benn

Gillian’s class – Text and Textiles with Jette Clover

Rosalie’s class – Basketry with Mary Hettmansperger.

Meg’s class – Silhouttes with Michelle Eastwood

Kerrie’s class – Cloth and Memory with Beverly Ayling Smith.

Jo very expertly demonstrated the techniques involved in Breakdown Screen Printing.

Another of her pieces

The tables were set up, techniques were explained

And demonstrated

The demonstration piece

Some more show and tell of Jo’s work

The screen at the end, notice how the Text has started to disappear or break down.

And from Pauline, some work inspired by Jude Hill.

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Yesterday was our last GeeTAG get together for 2017 and we partied with delicious food, had fun making tricky origami books and secret boxes and continued stitching for our 10 year celebratory exhibition next year.

Here is a taster of some works in progress that will be on show at “Breaking Traditions”, The Shearer’s Arms Gallery, Geelong, March 16-18, 2018.

The 2018 program has been sent out. Don’t forget to email your March exhibition entry forms through to Jenny by 5th February 2018, do not leave it to the February meeting as it is after the cut off date.

We will be starting 2018 at our first meeting on 10th February with Mixed media and the Golden Scrolls for our Embroiderer’s Guild 50th Anniversary exhibition in September.

Contact Leonie or sign up Monday for the Summer School, get in early before it is opened up to other branches of the Guild or you may miss out.

Wishing you all a very happy Christmas.



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Shibori Galore

The participants at our November meeting took to shibori like ‘a duck to water’. Once I had given a short chat, shown samples and demonstrated the arashi shibori method there was no holding back. We had both procion and silk dyes set up for sampling as the girls clamped, stitched and pole wrapped their pieces in preparation for the adding of colour. Kerrie took her shibori cloth home to natural dye and all the other samples went home in buckets and plastic bags to batch , steam and rinse for the final unveiling. Hopefully we will have some interesting photos of the results to add to this post after our December meeting.

In the meantime here is the tshirt I clamped and dyed with procion dyes:



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Off to a Good start

Welcome back everyone. We are off to a good start. The program for the year has been developed – it will involve some form of  stitch most months and the opportunity to try or revisit a new technique. This month Gillian Norris led the introduction to Sorbello Stitch.


Gillian’s piece incorporated stitches of varying size, some overlapped and threads of different types and thickness.

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Keen to start, the group got busy – hoops were out, fabric and threads selected and in next to no time samplers were finished.

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You may like to think about adding or collaging some fabric scraps or paper  and stitching on top. Torn strips of sheer, novelty or knitting yarns can make interesting threads and provide texture in your work.


Then Jo demonstrated marbling fabric using shaving cream and highly pigmented inks. A simple matter of creating a layer of foam in a tray, using a pipette to drop the ink onto the foam and using a skewer to swirl the inks around. Fabric was carefully laid onto the foam, the marbled inks transferred to the fabric and then the fabric was removed and left to dry.


Soon after everyone was having a go and there were printed fabric pieces everywhere. Coffee cups made excellent weights and stopped the fabrics from blowing away.

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There was time to look at these. Some finished books from 2014. A few photos of some of the pages in the books. Hopefully more will be added as the group brings along the finished books.

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If you have further suggestions or ideas about techniques that you or the group may be interested in learning please let us know as we may be able to add them to the calendar.

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In 2013, our in between months have been a bring and stitch, but also a great opportunity to share and discuss our current projects. Some members were stitching on their ‘coloured’ cloths from the October techniques meeting, others were continuing ongoing projects.












Don’t forget our December meeting will be lunch, RSVP to Pauleen to book your seat for this popular round up to 2013.

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This month’s meeting was entitled colouring cloth and many techniques were shared and experimented with;  dyeing lace, gelli prints, rubbings, stencilling and stamping. Here is a photo montage of the girls at work having fun!

Colouring cloth 1


Colouring cloth 2


Colouring cloth 3


Hope to see you all at the exhibition next week.



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Our November meeting was all about rusting.

For the session I created lots of samples using the various techniques you can use to get a rusty effect on fabric and paper. The techniques came from various websites and also books by Sarah Lawrence, Lynda Monk and Maggie Grey. I will detail each of the samples on my Carlseapatch blog shortly so you can refresh your memory for each one.

Here are some results on the day:

First me doing the demo:



Laying on the rust:


Each month this year we have had a technique demo and have then produced a piece of artwork incorporating the theme and stitches. Our theme for November is Outback and the stitches are French & Colonial Knots and Couching.

Here are some members starting the process of putting it all together:


One of the rusting techniques was Rusty Dyeing as outlined on the blog here. Shirley had some great results using a folding technique. This was a great one for instant gratification!

It will be once again interesting to see how each person uses their rusty materials and interprets the theme.


Our last meeting for the year is December 8th. All members will receive an email with the activity for December. Don’t forget to email through any photos of your artwork or bring them along in December for a photo session.

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Dyeing at Anglesea

Some members of the GeeTAG group ventured down to the Anglesea Art House (Australia) on a very warm 30C spring day to do some dyeing with the lovely Val.

Her workshop was called “Pickling Pieces of Colour”, very apt for the 24-30 jam jars of dyed fabric, threads and other what nots which resulted.

We developed colour gradations, with some of the ‘dyehards’ concocting some new variations!

Here is a collage of the fun we had; photos of the results will have to wait for a fortnight until the dyes have cured.

Next meeting Saturday November 12th will be a “Show & Tell” and “Sit & Stitch”. Anyone who would like to demo a technique contact Pauleen.

December will be natural dyeing techniques. Details will be emailed out shortly so you can start collecting materials ready to go.

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At our April and May meetings there was quite a bit of Show and Tell from the members. It is great to get inspiration from other members in this way and also to get positive feedback on our pieces.

In April Jacqui had done some wonderful cloth dyeing based on the February swing tag technique with dyes and salt. Here is her description of her technique:

The cards and the light parts of the calico I gessoed, the dark parts of the fabric are ungessoed. After the gesso was dry I flooded the card/fabric with blue quink ink, then sprinkled on rock salt, when I was happy with the look of the piece I dried
them with a hair dryer to stop the process. Bits of inky rock salt tend to be blown around so make sure you do this
where damp blue rock salt won’t mark anything you don’t want blued.
The card with the yellow lines on were made by drawing with crayon onto the dried gesso before adding the ink.

Gillian did a fantastic piece combining some earlier techniques:

Yesterday Gillian and I showed the results of the weekend workshop at the Melbourne branch of the Embroiderer’s Guild of Victoria. The Guild had invited Jan Beaney and Jean Littlejohn over for their 50th Anniversary celebrations and they held two two day workshops in Malvern. Jan and Jean were inspiring, funny and generous.  I will do a post on my blog and I’m sure Gillian will also so pop over to have a look in more detail.

Jill showed us her fantastic bag made of ties from the Op Shop:

Shirley showed us her amazing family quilt dedicated to memories of wartime:

And some close ups; Shirley also used regimental ties in her quilt.

Jill brought her Book in progress, an ongoing project for us all to showcase the techniques investigated in 2009:

Front Cover:

And the Back cover:

Inspired by our wacky wild women last month, Pauleen has made another which was perfectly matched to her purple jumper:

Our Geelong branch of the Guild have a couple of exhibitions this month in conjunction with the Embroiderer’s Guild of Victoria 50th Anniversary celebrations. At the end of May selected items from our Christmas exhibition at the Johnston Collection will be on display at the National Wool Museum here in Geelong (the Johnston Collection is  holding some great talks on embroidery for the Guild celebrations also). Also beginning this month, our members have  contributed to an exhibition of Oriental Embroidery at the Geelong Art Gallery. This is sure to be a visual feast, not to be missed.

Finally, here is a link to the Reflections Scarf Festival 2010. This is a fantastic festival for all ages. It caters for  local, Melbourne, state wide and interstate entries, including  students and younger children. The workshops are great and also continue throughout the mid year school holidays, with many catering to students and children as well as adults. A membership to the Museum is good value, giving free entry throughout the year.

Happy arting and I’ll be back next month with a rundown of June’s workshop on silk paper.

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Today Pauleen and I made the trek up the Melbourne/Geelong Rd to the opening of the Fabricate 09 exhibition by the TAG (Textile Art @ the Guild) group.

There was a wonderfully diverse range of textile art by invited artists from Australia and internationally, including art dolls, indigo dyeing, felting, weaving, free machine embroidery and printing. The exhibition is beautifully hung, with the ‘luminous’ indigo dyed panels of Rowland Ricketts 111 dividing the space.



The photos below are taken from the catalogue, which is designed to allow them to be used as postcards. Funds from the sale of the catalogues will support the TAG group activities (there are more photos on the TAG site).




All art pieces at the exhibition are for sale as well as the patterns for Jennifer Gould’s exquisite dolls. Well worth a visit.

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