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Wings

Wings were the focus of the meeting this month. Gillian demonstrated the techniques for making stump work wings. Hopefully, there will be lots of Showa d tell next month.

The beginning of the wings, couching down the wire.

Same concept but using machine stitch

Work in progress

Show and Tell, fish from Laurene

Detail of Carol’s sea quilt.

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It was great to see a good collection of fish and soft sculptures at our December meeting. 

Some other work 

Baskets from Jo

Reverse appliqué from Jenny

Lost in the Bush from Robyn Carey, third prize – other medium, seniors exhibition, GAS

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Simple Soft Sculptures

Simple 3D or soft sculptures with our theme ‘From the Sea’ to inspire us. 

A mini workshop with a few tips and tricks on how to create a small soft sculpture. First up create your pattern. The idea was to start with a simple flat shape such as an image from a child’s colouring book.

Make the pattern and simplify some of the shapes.

If you are going to make multiple it is a good idea to make a card or plastic template to trace around. Trace around the shape and stitch on the line that you traced using a small stitch length (1.5) then cut away the seam allowance. This much easier and more accurate than adding a seam allowance, cutting out and then stitching.

If only making one you can stitch onto a paper tracing of the pattern, cut away the seam allowance and peel/rip the paper off.

Turn the sculpture to the right side

Stuff the sculpture and stitch the opening closed. This sea dragon has also been stitched around on the edges for extra reinforcement and texture.

You can also not worry about turning the shapes out. This crab head has the seam allowance on the outside, the edges also teased or fluffed for added interest.

A few tools that can make your life easier, from the top a selection of turning tools, artery forceps and stuffing forks, not essential but can be really helpful.

A bit of sculpting can change your flat shape and give your sculpture some personality. This fish is ready for decoration.

Some paint or decoration can also make it more interesting.

Fabulous Show and Tell

Janice came with some machine embroidered fish and jelly fish.

and some starfish

Some fish in the making from Meg

Gillian has been busy creating her unique fabric for her sculpture

A jelly fish from Lorene

And a piece of white stitching

Jill came with an artist book in progress

The cover

And some pages

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Making twine with tissue paper or old dressmaking patterns is a simple process that creates surprisingly strong cordage. The same technique is also very useful for using up strips of fabric or even creating thicker cord from string or embroidery thread. The finished twine can be used for wrapping or a thread to couch down, however, I like it best for making simple pots or baskets.

These little pots except for one were made using twine made from dressmaking patterns, torn strips of calico or silk. The exception was made from repurposed window sashing cord.

A selection of materials to be use

First a demonstration and then the group were ready to start ‘twining’

The pots start with a coiled and stitched base

 once the base is a big as you want the twine is stacked and stitched on top of the base.

There was also some work from the group to admire. We all love a bit of show and tell.

Carol has already finished her piece using the ‘From the Sea’ theme. A fabulous concertina book with heaps of textile art and mixed media techniques.

Fabric and mixed media books from Jill.

Rhonda brought along some pieces featuring acrylic paint pouring

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For the next few sessions the focus of the program will be on FreeMachine Embroidery. Leonie led the group through the basics of machine embroidery and the steps involved in the making of a sculptural bowl shape and a few tips and tricks to get us started.

The bowl starts with layers of thread, snippets of fabric made into a soluble fabric such as Wash Away.

The sandwich is then free machine embroidered with interlocking circles which hold the trapped threads together when the soluble fabric is rinsed away

Then the soluble fabric is rinsed away. Thorough rinsing will create a softer more lace like product, less rinsing will make the embroidery stiffer and have more structure.

Then shaped over a bowl or glass to create the moulded shape.

The embroidery is then left to dry. When dry the structure can be worked into with stitch, embellished with beads or reinforced with fine wire.

Leonie demonstrated using thick threads in the bobbin, winding a bobbin by hand and making sure not to thread through the tension slot. This creates a thick pattern on the underneath which then becomes the right side.

There was some discussion about using the embroidery stitches built into the machine.

More inspiration from Leonie

Thanks to Leonie for her preparation and great introduction machine embroidery.

Top tip, use titanium needles.

Rhonda came with her Boro bag for Show and Tell

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The focus for the September meeting was Boro stitching with the intention of constructing a bag from the stitched cloth in the October meeting.  Boro is an old Japanese technique of mending and repair that uses scraps of cloth and Sashiko stitching or running stitch to extend the life of the fabric or garment.

This bag is made from small pieces of indigo dyed Japanese fabrics.

Jo led the session, demonstrating the construction of the base cloth. The idea was to create a base of fabric pieces or scraps stitched down onto a base cloth using running stitch ( Sashiko)

Base cloth in production.

A finished base cloth, ready to be made into a bag.

Finished bag

Another bag in production.

Some samples of mended and patched fabric, quite small pieces and probably will not be made into a bag.

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This month’s mini workshop was taken by Carol O’Loughlin and a brief report was provided by Gillian.

 
We stamped using Pigment ink on dyed base fabric – tea dyed in most cases.
We then cut out motifs from fabric or pieces of colour to apply to the cloth.
Transparent gauze and muslin were used to mask some of the space and then we stitched over and around the resulting areas/images.
 
These photos are very much works in progress, the workshop continues next month with time in between for stitching.
 

Leonie, Martina and Janet had some show and tell from the dyeing workshop.


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