Archive for the ‘Weaving’ Category

For our June meeting Gillian gave a brief rundown on the history of sashiko and boro stitching and showed us some great samples. She also showed us a very efficient method of weaving the fabric strips using a ruler.

Everybody was quickly at work cutting strips of fabric and weaving using this ingenious method. Most people also got onto stitching to attach and enhance their pieces.

Thank you to Pauline who emailed through a photo of her boro piece in progress with interesting shapes embellished on top.

Pauline's woven boro

Pauline’s woven boro

Next meeting is 11th July and will be ‘Stitched and Dissolved with FME’. Requirements list will go out Monday by email. Don’t forget to email through photos, they can be added at any time.




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What a feast it was. Firstly a lesson on Creative Canvas. Jenny Bakos led the session with a brief overview of the history of Canvaswork and then followed on with an explanation  of techniques that could be explored for creating a more contempory style of work. The possibilities endless – many methods for coloring the canvas, different types of threads, applique and inserting  into the canvas, beadwork. So many things to consider.

There was plenty of work to inspire us.



These pieces had it all, coloured backgrounds, a variety of stitches and techniques, lots of different threads and yarns, beads, objects couched down and overstitched – great examples of a sampler pieces.





More inspiration, I may have to do a cat.



Jenny showing us how







And then to work,  we had to choose some threads from Jenny’s lucky dip bag. What a challenge for some, a new technique and threads in colours that they didnt like!

The ladies soon got to work, great expectations for next month with many finished pieces to show.














Here is some of the weaving from last month


Pauleen Shirlow’s woven strip, perfect for a page in her technique book.


Maureen Rose created a little purse with her weaving.


Marion Dines made a bag.


and from Gillian Norris, not quite finished but another good sample for her techniques book.



The last two from Pauline Mackenzie





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Our September meeting was all about weaving using fabric strips and ably directed by Kerry.


Not only did we have fun weaving but many of our arty friends have been busy with all sorts of fun and beautiful textile goodies.

Some crazy patchwork finished or not:

Some felting:

Textile mosaics:

Even some plastic bag jewellery:

And Pauline took the weaving a step further after I shared this link with the group:

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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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