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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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