Found Treasures

Recently, while looking for something else, I found some amazing painted fabrics and other bits and pieces that I did many years ago.  Too many, I’m embarrassed to say.

The classes were run by the fabulous Susan Mathews in her (then) home town of Yarrawonga.  She had a fabulous studio behind her house in a setting amongst gum trees – very Australian.

Despite being hidden in my cupboard for many years, I’m still loving the colours and am eager to start planning what I am going to do with each and every one of them.

Here are some of the key bits I found.

I also found one with pins still in it.  Obviously, started constructing but never finished.  Proof I’m easily distracted and clearly forgetful.

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Also found a wet felted piece I did during another class with a different teacher.  Not sure what to do with this one, but will try some machine embroidery on it and then decide.

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Lots of inspiration and bases for some fun projects.  I hope you stay tuned for the results…..

 

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Playing with Stamps

I went through a card making stage a few years back and have a few stamps in my stash.  I thought I’d try using them on fabric.

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I tried stamping on both plain and printed fabric.  I debated whether to add more colour before stitching but decided to leave them simple and just add a touch of colour with thread.  I’m pleased with the samples.

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The stamps are easy and fun to use.  I haven’t tested the ink for permanency as yet; however, I did heat set and will try washing a future sample.

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I love the simplicity of minimal colours.  It does help that I love the colour purple.  I like the look of them together, so might try and incorporate them into something…..?

Creative Catch Up

I finally have my machine back from the repairer and have almost shaken off the winter blues.  Getting back into the swing of things, I have finished quite a few 5″ squares for the Made on Monday Challenge.  Below are the finished pieces from the semi finished piece I showed last time.

I also completed another appliqued piece I’ve called coastal.  Choosing different colours to represent the ocean, sand, sea and sunset.

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This weekly challenge has been great for stretching the creativity and trying new things.  Experimenting with backgrounds, fabrics and thread.

For the next few pieces, I am experimenting with some stamps I have in my stash that have been used in the past for card making.  Another detour I took a while ago.  I have used the stamps on plain and printed cotton but am yet to decide what is next.  Whether to just stitch or use some more colour (Inktense or Water Colour Pencils).

More completed photos next time……

 

 

 

Keeping up the Creativity

The last few months have seen everyone around me succumbing to the colds and flu that come with winter and I was therefore destined to eventually get sick as well.  Feeling unwell and with the added problems I’ve been having with my sewing machine (which has been back and forward with the repairer over the last month or so) has put a significant pause on my creativity and has made me fall very behind with my Made on Monday, weekly challenge.

I am currently 4 weeks behind but I spent today reconnecting with my sewing machine and experimenting with a piece I had started months ago but never progressed.

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I’m trying various pattern options around the initial flower design that was done using variegated thread on a pieced/woven background and I am pleased with the progress so far.

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Now that I am back in the (sewing machine) driver’s seat, I’m sure a little extra effort will put me back on track.  I hate being behind schedule.  The plan is to finish a few more pieces and post them on the weekend.  Until then……

Combining Challenges

We are currently up to week 13 of the Made on Monday Challenge and Lyn has found another one we might participate in.  Never letting time constraints get in the way of being creative.

The “Cloth Paper Scissors Magazine” Challenge ‘Word of the Year’ is due in August and is for an 8 inch piece that represents a word that will ignite action, provide inspiration propel your art making for the coming year.

I decided to combine the two by creating a few 5 inch pieces using different words for the MoM Challenge and then picking a favourite word, process and method to create the 8 inch version.

The first word I chose is “Invent” and decided to try a negative space piece.

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Using plain fabric to highlight the word, I wrote the word first and then started filling it in (in the negative).  The next challenge was to fill in the blank space around the word and choose a finished edge.

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This is now the 13th MoM piece ready for submission.

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The second word is ‘Unique’, using the same process, except keeping the outline minimal, using a pieced background and using repetition to highlight the word.

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It is still a work in progress but I am liking how it is progressing, lots of work still to do.  I have picked the other colours that I’m thinking of using and will post further progress shots soon.  The next option is yet to be decided.

Let me know what you think?  I would love any feedback or suggestions…….

Colourful Beach Boxes

The brightly coloured beach boxes on denim that I did for the Photo to Fibre exhibition in 2016 were a favourite of mine.  So I thought I would have another go at doing them for the Made on Monday Challenge Lyn and I are doing this year.

The 5 inch pieces are a bit more limiting than the beach bags and fabric buckets I did for the exhibition so I created new templates in a smaller scale.

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Cutting up small pieces of coloured fabric and fusing it onto denim is very therapeutic – but by the end of the fourth piece, I started to wonder why I felt I had to make four of them?

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The initial reason was to experiment with quilting techniques, but as you can see, in my haste to finish them and not really wanting to compromise with the design too much, they ended up looking very similar.

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However, piece number 5 is my favourite.

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Now to the next challenge piece…..