Archive for the ‘Machine Embroidery’ Category

This month was a follow on session for machine embroidery. There were some bowls created after last month’s tutorial.


And the concept taken a little further and made into jelly fish, a great interpretation for our theme From the Sea.

Some fish

More free machine stitch

Using grids as a basis for stitch

Collage, machine stitch techniques 

Hard at work

Some fabulous baskets from Jo. 

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Thank you to Kerrie for all her preparation and an inspiring demonstration of a range of techniques on the gelli plates. Less is definitely not more when it comes to gelli printing, the more layers the better in most cases!

Kerrie demonstrating Gelli printing
Textures and colours

After her excellent presentation we all got seriously to work and the results were quite outstanding from just 1-2 hours:

Gelli prints
More gelli prints

Pauline brought her in progress fabric pages from last month’s meeting on using a variety of pencils and crayons on fabric, looking amazing!

Pauline’s Inktense pages

Jenny combined colour, fabric and free machine stitching to create some fabulous flowers:

Jenny’s flowers

Just a reminder that in April we will be having a ‘stitch’ week where we can work into our artistic cloth and paper (stitch on paper too!) and perhaps transform into a form- a book, 3D, postcard, ATC. Bring along all your bits and bobs and be inspired by how others transform their pieces.

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Something else to inspire you. This is a small piece of work by Cas Holmes. It consists of altered/dyed paper and fabric that has been layered and stitched. As with much of Cas’ work she is happy to combine machine and hand embroidery.


Cas Holmes Work


These two books are good reference books  for the topics that we covered in the August meeting – both have lots of information, ideas and how to.


Book by Cas Holmes


Book by Val Holmes


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Many meandering books made their appearance at the March meeting, and each one was beautifully different.

Meandering books

Gillian brought along a couple more variations of the meandering book including a triangular shaped one:

Gillian's meandering further

Our 2014 projects for GeeTAG will culminate in a book of samples. Today we looked at making silk and felt pages for our books.

We firstly meandered on to a demo of silk paper making with a quick show and explanation of the different types of silk fibres and products.

Silk Paper with textile medium

Next Bronwyn showed some wonderful samples of her felting followed by a quick demo of the felting process.

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We were intrigued with the method for felting the beads into the page and nice beret modelling Beryl!

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This cool suction tool was for wetting down the fibres:

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Kerrie was a magnificent model also and demo-ed needle felting as another possible technique for making pages:

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Jill brought some wonderful show and tell:

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Hope you all have fun trying out some of these techniques and stitching on your pages.

Next month Pauleen and Pauline will be leading us in encrusting calico, look for the email with materials needed. Pauleen’s encrusted rock can be seen below.

Encrusted calico

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February was demo time for putting together our meandering books ably directed by Kerrie.

Pauline has sent through some photos:

Her sheet of couched threads

couched sheet brown


The book showing its folds

Pauline's book 2


And the pages after swapping with the group:

Pauline's book 3


And the other side of pages

And the other side of pages

Any more photos of books?

Next get together is March 9th where we will be making silk pages and stitching on felt pages as well as any other stitch projects you are currently working on (info has been emailed out).


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Girls Lunching

Great food, conversation and company were plentiful at the GeeTAG lunch to finish off the year. The lunch was delicious at Wintergarden and as always the surroundings of this magnificent building were beautiful. It is always a pleasure to browse the upstairs art gallery as well.

Lunch 2


Lunch 1

Kerry made up  amazing packages of materials and threads for our holiday project which will be completed at our first meeting for 2014 on Saturday February 8th.

Fantastic job Kerry

Fantastic job Kerry

All members were given directions for the use of the materials in making up a sheet to be sliced into 5cm and 7cm squares. The opening of the goodie bags was certainly ‘joyous’ and there were many amazing fabrics and fibres in the colour themed selections.

Goodie Bag 4

Goodie Bag 2

Pauleen has some bags for those who couldn't make lunch

Pauleen has some bags for those who couldn’t make lunch

Nicely coordinated Jenny

Nicely coordinated Jenny

Toning well Carol

Toning well Carol


Many members received colours that were very appropriate to their outfits!

These will be swapped and then constructed into wonderful folded origami books.

Book 1

Book 2

Book 3




And because I was so excited by my ‘forest’ colours, I did my homework the very next day:

The A4 sheet with fibres stitched securely

The A4 sheet with fibres stitched securely

And sliced up ready to use for the book

And sliced up ready to use for the book

And Jenny made a gorgeous ATC:


Have a very happy Christmas to all our readers and members.

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Many of the GeeTAG group were lucky enough to attend Alison Holt machine embroidery workshops during the past week or weekend. We also met some wonderful stitchers from Melbourne, Ballarat, Warrnambool, South Australia and Canberra who all travelled to participate. I can definitely say, from my experience this weekend, the workshop was ‘fabulous’! Alison was an engaging, expert tutor and passed on her knowledge in very easy to manage steps so that everyone produced an amazing piece of work. Thank you to Alison for a wonderfully inspiring weekend and Gillian for all your work in organising such an experienced tutor.

The weekend group did Alison’s landscape workshop and the weekday group did the seascapes. (Seascapes please email me through some photos.)

Here are some shots of Alison in action:



and here are some of the variety of works produced, using either Alison’s or individual’s stimulus photos. Most are unfinished but still show the great techniques Alison taught:

Lanscapes 1

Landscapes 2

Landscapes more

Landscapes again!


Landscape fun


Apologies for the shadows on some of the photos.

I would thoroughly recommend Alison’s workshop to anyone with an interest in machine embroidery.




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Great results from the meeting this week with everybody having a go at felting vessels. It is extraordinary how many different forms were made from the one activity. 

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felting 7

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Excellent tutoring girls!

Shirley brought along her quilt from Ballarat Fibre Arts:

quilt 2

confetti quilt 1


And Pauleen has been making some creatively coloured fabric (while on her winter visit north). These include rubbings and overprinting. Lovely colours Pauleen.

beautiful fabrics


It was a very busy meeting this month as we also played host to the travelling suitcase ‘Amina’ from ATASDA.





TS5Great opportunity to see such a wide variety of textile works close up.

September’s meeting will be our bring, stitch and sew month. Don’t forget to bring those ATC’s for our display at our biannual exhibition and any extra items for the gift shop.




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This post is looking back to our April & May workshops. We began and continued embellishing ATC cards based on the theme for our biannual exhibition: Alice in Threadland. Details for the exhibition can be found on the Embroiderers Guild website. (Photos to come).


At the May meeting one of our members, Shirley, showed her wonderful memorial book on her Great Uncle based on her research into his life and experiences in WW1. More info is in these articles here and here.

Shirleys book 2

Shirleys book 3


Shirleys book 1

She also attended a workshop on the “Confetti Landscape” process.

Before netting:

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After netting and stitching:

confetti 1Thanks for sharing your inspiring work Shirley



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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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