Thursday, June 17, 2021


 Week 30 - Gwen Hedley U.K.

"Blurring Boundaries"
Gwen said " To begin this workshop, you'll simply mark your chosen cloth in your own individual way, using rudimentary tools of your choice. It's quick, spontaneous and a liberating technique! 
Using cut or torn patches from your marked cloth you will piece together a long harmonious strip of fabric into a soft roll".

As I walk for an hour each day, I love the nature surrounding the area I live. The river is lined with eucalyptus and native trees and as it is the start of winter the moisture on the ground lends itself to fungi, moss, lichen and skeletal leaves.
I collected various tools for the mark making, gum nuts, seed pods, dried bark sticks. 
The challenge I enjoy with stitch club is to use what I have on hand and not to purchase anything. 
I found 2 tubes, brown and green acrylic paint in a drawer, watered them down for marking on a piece of beige linen fabric in my stash.

Colour and nature inspiration from my walks.

Not very interesting, but it was a start. The joining lines were to become the "boundaries" which would be "blurred" using simple hand stitch. The next stage was to embroider and extend the marks and colours from one patch to another, creating visual links and a flowing design.
After the wind storm I picked up a stick for the spool.

Wire was inserted into the piece for added bending.

"Further Development" - Week 2
Our next part of the workshop was to enlarge. I decided to use paper and instead of embroidery, mark with pens. My love of bookmaking came to the fore. Last month I eco printed lengths of paper and used one of them.
A section of the length.

Orange and blue coloured pencils with geli pens and a black sharpie pen to indicate stitches.
The length of paper was then folded to make small a concertina book with eco printed card for the covers.


Sunday, May 30, 2021

Last Weekend of Autumn

As I am still feeling some discomfort shooting down my arm from my shoulder, I haven't attempted the last 4 weeks of TextileArtist.orgStitch Club. Next fortnight's workshop is one I would like to do as it involves making a scroll.
Due to another 7 day (at this stage) lockdown, things are quiet, the days will be taken up with reading, my daily one hour walks, a couple of zoom meetings and generally pottering around the garden.
Over the last several weeks I have been doing things that don't involve holding a hoop for stitching.

Eco printing on paper.

Made a batch of handmade papers for a Japanese bound book.

Before Lockdown, walked around Daylesford Lake.
My favourite Australian bird, the Kookaburra. Sunning himself on a farm fence.
Our pumpkins that grew from seed out of the compost heap.
The Dwarf Orange and Dwarf Mandarins are slowly ripening.
Last week was the sighting of the Super Blood Moon.
Not sure how I took this photo.
I spent a long time changing the settings on my camera, sadly it was not to be that I got a photo of the red moon.
A cool day today though the sun was shining, we walked the river wearing our masks and social distancing as best as we could from others. The walking paths were very busy. I woke with a head cold on Tuesday, went and got myself covid tested....Negative....thank goodness.
Tomorrow is the last day of autumn, my favourite season. The year is flying past.

Thursday, May 13, 2021 Stitch Club

 Week 28  - Joetta Maue

"Stitching from a Photograph"
Joetta said "In this workshop, you will learn to use basic stitches to create a detailed embroidered drawing from an original photograph. 
You will learn how to transcribe the image onto fabric through a simple drawing transfer technique and be guided how to choose the best line density and stitch types. This will turn your photo into an embroidered drawing".

I went through my box of photos from my childhood and chose one that appealed to me. It is of my brother Peter and I dressed for a day in the city in Sydney and then on our way to my grandparents who lived in Manly. Memories of catching the "Manly" ferry to visit them.
I was 4 years old and Peter was 8. My coat and hat were red and apparently I never went out without my little plastic handbag.

The transfer was made with a light box tracing on paper.
I chose a handkerchief of my mother's and used a grey thread. 
I decided not to trace and stitch the whole image as I wanted the focal point to be on my coat and hat. Peter was dressed in his school jumper and tie.
Simple, not detailed and I decided not to stitch our faces, (I am not very good at doing eyes and lips).

Further Development.
Unfortunately due to a very sore right shoulder, I didn't do the next week's exercise as I couldn't hold the hoop for very long without getting pain shooting down my arm.

The past couples of weeks have been taken up with paper and book making.
These sheets were made using a small bag of white shredded office paperwork and then adding shredded brown paper that came with a package delivery. I also added some shredded orange paper.
I have been walking every day and pick up seed pods for mark making. I dip the pod into ink and randomly mark the paper.
On the marked pages I machine stitched pieces of my eco prints 
I attend a monthly Papermakers group and we were shown how to make 3" x 4" tied books
I used my hand made paper and eco printed card
This little Tied book used the mark making pages.
10x10cm books for Fibre Arts Winter School in June where I will be attending a 5 day class on Book Binding. My contribution to be sold to raise funds for a charity.
Another small book using a piece of eco printed card for the cover with a stab stitch binding.
Pages using my hand made paper. Some sheets were not long enough, added another piece by stitching.

Thursday, April 15, 2021


 Week 27 -  Emily Notman U.K.

"Textured Landscape Vessel Wrap"

Emily said "In this workshop you'll make a beautiful textile wrap to sit around a jar or vase.
Explore how to build up texture with chunky hand stitch and intricate applique. Embellish in neutral colours before applying paint. The painting process will bring your piece to life and you can explore this step with any paints you have on hand. Add decorative embroidery to add further texture and colour before constructing the wrap"

The majority of our fellow group member's wraps were very pretty and Spring like. This is not me as I love the autumn tones and therefore I made something different to wrap around.
I often put eucalyptus foliage in this 6 inch high jar instead of a vase but felt the shape did not warrant a wrap.
From a previous textile workshop with Caoline Nixon, I had a piece of eco dyed wool, which I was very happy with. I added a strip of eco printed fabric to the sides and decided to use it for a wrap.
My alternative idea for the workshop was to make a wrap for a 2nd notebook for journaling the workshop classes.

As was suggested to paint the wrap, I decided after free motion stitching the gum leaves to leave then unpainted. Seed stitched some areas instead of heavy textured stitching of flowers etc. 
I completely diverted away from what was instructed and pleased I did. The wool did not warrant or need to be covered with heavy textural pieces.

Further Development Week 2 was to paint another wrap which I decide not to participate in.
My week was spent making more paper. 
I had a small amount of jeans pulp left over, the grey blue, when not much fibre was left in the water I added green pulp from another papermaker. When this thinned out she passed me some of her red pulp which then became the brown.
I attended a workshop to make paper using 100% cotton jeans and T-shirts. 
After cutting the fabric into tiny pieces it was processed in an industrial blender to seperate the fibres.
The seams of the jeans were not used due to their thickness. I cut around the pocket to make a pouch and as the hems were frayed, stitched a strip onto it.

I purchased the jeans at our local op shop and the look on the sales lady as she glanced at me thinking, these won't fit you, was priceless. I told her I wasn't wearing them, I was cutting them up to make paper. She looked at me and said to the lady next in line..."next customer please".
The pages before binding to make a small book with added paper and stitching. The dark blue of the jeans became lighter when I gradually added the while pulp from a T-shirt. We also made paper with a pocket on it where I slipped a small piece in.

Thursday, April 1, 2021


 Week 26 - Jette Clover - Denmark/Netherlands

Intimate Landscape: A Study in White.

Jette said "Using the image on a postage stamp as inspiration, you will explore a winter landscape. It might be a view of the city or the countryside, the sea or the mountains, the forest or the garden.
You will use tiny fabric scraps to create a small atmospheric fabric collage, taking into consideration the season and the time of the day. 
Exploring ideas for composition, you will focus on the colour white and how to use lines, shapes and textures".

Enquiring at the post office, they didn't have any "winter" or "white" stamps so I brought out my childhood stamp albums. I loved collecting stamps. My mother for 40+ years, collected First Day Covers and I couldn't bring my self to tearing a stamp off them. I found 2 stamps in my battered old album.

Unless it is in the vicinity of the snow mountains or some inland regional areas, never experienced snow where I live. I have flown over the Swiss Alps, trudged through very deep snow at Lake Louise, Canada, and spent many happy visits to Lake Mountain, Victoria with family and friends. In my 20's on my flight to London, the Captain said "Everest in the distance out the left window". I was sitting by the window and saw it. These days it is restricted air space.

No 1 - 8 inches square.
Stamp "Winter in Barbados".
Dull and dreary day at home, rain cloud using a scrap of eco dyed fabric.
Eventually looking though the drapes out of the window there is a little sun poking through the clouds in some blue sky.
Jette's method of stitching is not to be too precise, large and small tacking. Organic comes to mind.
I googled winter in Barbados, it says that many tourists escape the harsh snow winters and head to Barbados for the sun and summer-like weather.

No 2 - 7 inches square.
Stamp "Summer in Antarctica"
Various white fabrics. 
Green snow algae are some of Antarctica's smallest living organisms. When they grow together in clumps they are visible from space - a rich lime green stain on the surface of the snow. In summer from October to February, the sun is almost always in the crisp blue sky.
I have loved this stamp in my album, may be due to it being a circle in black.

Week 2 - Further Development
A series of small stitcheries depicting the seasons or night and day.
 3 x 4 inch square pieces using paper only. I didn't have stamps worth using, used photos that I had.
I don't particularly like them, with all that I have on at the moment haven't finished them and probably won't.