Sunday, February 28, 2016
Thursday, February 25, 2016
The hawk is from Urban Threads. It is stitched in three parts and is about 60cm in width. Quite the challenge to get it all together. I removed their registration marks as my machine didnt want to recognise them. I added my own cross marks for lining up. I have made up a set of Shisha Mirror designs that will go in to the shop later. The fabric is all painted. The hawk was stitched, and then painted gold with a couple of other colours added to try and 'age' him a little. There are a few layers of batting within the hawk to make him stand out. I do like a bit of trapunto.
Close ups - I quilted the fabric which was painted purple - my 'go to' colour - and then lightly sponged some gold on - it really brings out the design.
In the painting department, I have also been messing about with the good ole Jo Sonya and other acrylic paints in my hording cupboard. The fabric has coloured up nicely and is still quite soft after washing.
Not in love with this colour way, but I can always throw more paint on it!
This piece was the clean up piece. I used it to wipe out all the excess paint from the plastic cups being used. It almost looks marbled. I did a quick gold stencil over it.
Bought some cheap shaving foam from the stupid market, so will see how that goes for marbling this afternoon!
Thursday, February 11, 2016
This weeks efforts include having a go at a 'splatter' technique of flinging fabric paint all about. This piece of previously white homespun was treated with watered down fabric paint and some isoprophyl alcohol - find it in Bunnings in the paint clean up section - also known as rubbing alcohol. A few drops of watery black paint was then added. The birds are from Urban Threads - with 50,000 + stitches in each one. The quilting took quite a few hours (over 9). As a lot of it is double and treble times over I would guess at least 300,000 stitches. Just need to decide what to do with it now. I also have a piece with Ravens in the same style waiting for quilty inspiration. If you haven't heard of Graffiti Quilting, look up Karlee Porters work. She is my quilting idol at the minute!
I haven't put a backing on this - it may be a cushion or a bag panel - sometimes when you are trying new styles of quilting I recommend doing this - you concentrate on the front then and don't worry about what is happening on the back. This one wasn't too bad.
The birds have been given an extra layer of batting to make them puff out - trapunto style. I do mine like this.
Cut pieces of wadding/batting the just a little larger than the area you want to make look "fuller".
I use this glue for everything. I get it from Embroidery Source in Melbourne. I dont was time with quilt basting spray which I find is often ineffective. Before you start stitching, make sure it is dry and then your needle wont get gummed up.
Now the fun part (and yes that is with sarcasm) is to carefully cut around the outline. Dont get to stressed on the hard to reach places. Quilting will take care of these bits.
Now place a full piece of batting/wadding over the back of your work and start stitching!
Thursday, January 21, 2016
Just finished taking this lot for a run on the machine. I am surrounded by them. These are now available for the 8x12 hoop (200 x 300mm) and the 6x10 hoop (160x260mm) over in the Etsy shop.
Friday, January 15, 2016
So, what is happening in the sweat shop this week......Your very own Crazy Cat Lady Starter Kit. We all know one, or are one! This size is for the 5x7inch (130 x 180mm) machine embroidery hoop. They are quick and small enough to use up those scraps of polar fleece, velour, minke, felt, or any fabric really. There are six cats and two tail variations - a change of fabric will give even more looks from the size kitty bases. You will find them in my Etsy shop for $5 AU for the complete set. Instructions with photos are included in the zipped file.
Aside from your crazy friend, these will also make a great gift for any child with a wish for a cat who may be just a bit young. Just make sure you choose a suitable tail for small children.
I am putting together sets in 6x10 and 8x12 in the next couple of days.
Monday, January 11, 2016
Front of the needle book.
Back of the needle book.
We had some crummy beach weather, but here are a few good shots I took of the mutt and clouds and storms and stuff!
Found a grown up beverage that I don't mind and is very refreshing on a hot summers evening - Pimm's with lemonade, mint, cucumber and strawberries - over some crushed ice.
Wednesday night we had dinner over at Bar Beach and the sky looked like this........
Then we headed back to the unit and the clouds out at sea behind Long Point were amazing. There was a rainbow - you may be able to see it just to the right of Munn's Tower (red roof).
Every couple of minutes the sky changed - it was sunset behind us so the clouds looked very yellow and pink at the front. You can see the rain falling in the background.
As the clouds moved, the rainbow shifted position.
Rain or shine, everything is better at the beach!