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A medley of fabrics came in for the bleach treatment at our May meeting of the creative textilers. We experimented with a variety of cotton and synthetic fabrics, some of which showed a great colour reaction to the the bleach. Some of the fabrics resulted in a very subtle embossed pattern where the bleach removed the nap of the fabric without changing the colour.

eBleach prints by Gillian on well washed velour

eAnd on cotton velvet

pauleen 1Pauleen’s samples; with FME

Pauleen 2Pauleen 3Motifs using various stamps

Claudia and I experimented stamping our names

eAnd I tried a rubber stamp on a leather scrap



ePauline’s beautifully finished sampler.

Some recommendations:

If possible wash sizing out of fabric before bleaching

Fresh bleach is more effective

A thicker, more gel like bleach, may give stronger impressions

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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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The latest get together of our group was held on Easter Saturday and so numbers were reduced.

Those who did attend however, achieved much, in planning the schedule for the rest of the year. Here is a report from Pauleen outlining plans for the next meeting:


At our Saturday gathering we agreed to start a project.
A textile art book. This will be gradually built up and when we have enough pages we will bind them into a book.
Each page will be a different project – the idea – to learn new tecniques.
The first one  (May 9th) will be – a stamp tecnique – bleaching velvet.
If you wish to participate please bring the following:
1. For stamps “found objects” eg. corks, foam spnges. cotton reels etc.
2. Thick rubber gloves.
3. Plastic apron or covering for clothes.
Fabric and bleach will be supplied at a nominal cost.
Please e-mail me IF YOU ARE PARTICIPATING in this activity so we have sufficient supplies.
If you are unsure about the activity please e-mail me.  
 ATC’s will be ongoing and can be swapped at any meeting. A few of us swapped on Saturday.
Here are a couple of the ATC’s that were swapped on Saturday. 
atc-swaps-easter-09The one on the left was made by Gillian and the butterflies by Pauline. They are both fantastic.
I can’t wait to swap at the next meeting.
I couldn’t get there Easter Saturday as I was busy elsewhere! Here is a picture of the camp site by the river in beautiful Gellibrand where our families all had a wonderful relaxing weekend, even those who fell in and had to dry socks and boots on the fire!!
For those who are interested, I visited a fascinating exhibition at the Geelong Art Gallery today. Called ‘The garden of Forking Paths” it was a collection of sculpted books by artist Nicholas Jones. I have blogged about it on my Carlseapatch blog. It finishes on Sunday so you will need to get in quick. Here is a picture of one of his amazing pieces of book art.
Cheers until next month

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This post of our March Creative textile arts group day is a little delayed. My computer and phone refuse to communicate via bluetooth, so I will have to physically connect the phone via a lead (which I haven’t yet purchased). Update: No lead available. Son no 2 has bluetoothed photos from my phone to his mobile then to computer. It seems that samsung and apple do not get along.

Our March get together was a little down on numbers from the enthusiasm of the inaugural meeting however there was no shortage of beautiful work to inspire us.

Firstly there was Pauline’s amazing tactile piece entitled ‘the seven deadly sins’ completely made from cotton and destined for entry in an exhibition (so no photo). 

There was a wonderfully diverse range of lovely pieces to see, but unfortunately I forgot to take a camera. The photos following are taken afterwards.

Glen brought along her Janome embellisher for us to play with as well as a variety of fibres and fabrics to embellish. Claudia (and others) had a wonderful time on this machine.


Claudia's felting

Claudia's felting



As quite a few of us are wishing to purchase an embellisher, we are looking at getting a discounted price for a group order. Any members wishing to join in please email me for details or let us know at the April meeting.

Our meeting this month was to continue working on atc’s to swap with the group. This is Pauleen’s work in progress, with her favourite colours:

Glen brought along her machine embroidery sample book, which she began at the Embroiderer’s guild conference workshops last year. Glen accidently left this behind when she left the meeting so I took it home and photographed before returning it to her. As a bonus I got to see her beautiful heritage home overlooking the bay and her wonderful playroom. I have asked if I can go back and take photographs of her room so hopefully they will be on the blog for April.




Next get together will be Easter Saturday for ATC swaps.

Don’t forget to bring some of your stitching to show and tell (and I’ll try to remember the camera!).

Last weekend some of us attended a workshop organised by the Guild with Jan Preston, a multi-talented textile artist from Torquay. The workshop was entitled Free Stitch with Nature and we had a wonderful time stitching over natural materials collected from the bush or gardens.

Some still need to have the solvy washed off (excuse the photos, most were taken with my mobile):







jan-prestonjo101jan-pjo2bThis final one, I stomped on a dried agapantha flower head before stitching and also stitched over some bamboo wool fibres. Great fun!!

Cheers till April.

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