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Many textile artists and embroiderers have fabrics in their stash that no longer inspire them to create. Sometimes it is easy to alter them and give them a new life. The simplest is to look at the back of the fabric, the reverse can often provide a subtle and textured background or perhaps a sky. Overdyeing can also be effective. This month in our meeting we looked at using paint, inks and traditional paper craft mediums for work that will not be washed.

First up was a discussion about various mediums and techniques with lots of samples to refer to and then a few demonstrations.

Then it was time for everyone to try out the techniques that interested them.

Over stamping using acrylic paint mixed with textile medium

Stencilling

Mono printing

Painting or sponging 

Carol took a considered approach

And then tried everything or so it seemed

 
And for something completely different

Constructed fabric from Jenny using her needle felting machine

Detail of Laurene’s white work, lace cut outs attached to background fabric. The piece is quite long and perhaps a scroll.

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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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The 5th Saturday messy day at the Shearer’s Arms studio was a fantastic play day with Lyn Dixon exploring endless possible variations on her paper altering techniques. Lyn displayed a wonderful array of papers and a variety of books and 3D elements constructed with her beautiful papers.

Lyn Dixon paper based books and art

And everyone enjoyed the many different techniques and experimentation that eventuated:

Rubbings

Experiments

Texture and colour

Thank you Lyn and fellow experimenters for a great day.

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Each 5th Saturday of the month our group rents a large studio space at Shearer’s Arms to do the messy work we cannot do in our normal meeting place. This month we had 5 mini workshops which kept us all extremely busy. Thank you to all those who brought along materials and demonstrated techniques this month-Gillian, Anne, Laurene, Carol and Jo.

First up we coated calico in flour paste and hung to dry, some dried in time to paint, others will have to be finished at home-they will make good show and tell for our May meeting.

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Anne then demonstrated several printing techniques using lino cuts and carved meat trays. Many ways of printing were shared including Pauline’s 2 year old home-made gelli plate. We all had a go at carving a piece of polystyrene meat tray and experimented with various other printing methods.

Printing

Experimenting with printing

Next up Laurene demonstrated a very cool technique with sharpies and methylated spirits on lace and fabric. On with more experimenting!

Markers and metho

 

Carol brought her very large folder of wonderful stencils and demonstrated her technique with brusho powder paints and gelato pigment sticks over stencils. That technique kept everyone busy for a long time as well as borrowing some of her variety of stencil designs.

Stencilling

Last technique was traditional marbling using dyes on fabric. Most of the work here was in preparation of the fabric-washing, scouring and alum soak and the mixing of the carrageenan bath. The first couple of pulls were a little grainy but improved as everyone had a try (photos to come).

Hope to see everyone at our May meeting for stitching on paper.

 

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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.

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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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Many of our members have taken advantage of the summer break to create.

Pauleen’s recycled xmas card book:

card book 2 card book

Pauline McK printings and Shiva rubbing over rust dyed fabric:

Feathers

rubbing

swirl

Pauleen’s stitching with a variety of rust dyed fabrics:

rust Pauleen Pauline McK also did some very effective rubbings using gold Shiva over stamps on the rusty fabric. I will post a photo when I get them.

Don’t forget next meeting on February 9th: we will be discussing and outlining a suggested program for the year, for our Bi-annual exhibition in October and for our Johnston Collection pieces in 2014.

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