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The leather ‘queen’ Pauline led us this month in creating faux leather from brown paper!!

Here are some of the results:

Gold stamped motifs

Jill’s lovely aged motif

Gorgeous colour blending

Evelyn showing off her fingernails!

Fantastic prints from a fern frond

Lovely subtle colours

It doesn’t want to load any more photos!!! I will put the last two on another post!!

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We have just had another experimentation day with our Creative textile group and I managed to remember the camera, so this post will be a catch up for September as well.

Our September meeting was experimenting with stamping on pellon. Here are some gorgeous rich samples:

pauleen's blocks1b

pauleen's blocks2

We also tried out some foiling on panne velvet:

foiling 1 In our October workshop we all managed some fantastic results using felt or panne and cotton velvet, gesso, UTEE, embossing powders and stamps. This technique was very popular and I can see these motifs finding their way onto book covers, bags and other pieces of art.

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embossed stampOur second technique this month was fusing chiffon onto stitched watercolour paper and stencilling xpandaprint.

These are samples before painting and gilding (I just love this effect!)

stencil swirl


And after adding some colour:

stamping gillian

These projects were all guided by Beryl Taylor’s great techniques book ‘Mixed Media Explorations’

And finally some wonderful cutwork applique that was brought for show and tell:


cut work forest

Just a reminder that the Golden Plains Art Trail is on the weekend of 24th/25th October. If you go to the link you can download the program. There is a group of fantastic textile artists displaying on the Saturday in Bannockburn. I will be going in the afternoon, so email me if you want to meet for a coffee.

Our November meeting will be playing with Tyvek and stitching metal. You should have the requirements as they were emailed last month. (Just email if you need another copy)





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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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