Tuesday, July 16, 2019

July Book Challenge

Our online group's challenge for July, from the book "Art of the Fold" was a 4 book fold called "Booklet Fold Variations"
The basic booklet consisted of 4 pages using a piece  8.5" x 11".

Eight-Section Centre Cut was a challenge as there was no way I could fold the pages correctly.
Perseverance paid off with some help. It is not the neatest of little books, I used the wrapping paper from the shop Blue and White in Tokyo.
 Starting sheet size 8.5" x 11"

Eight-Section Offset Cut.
Starting sheet size 11" x 17"

Seven-Section Dos-a-dos
 Starting sheet size 11" x 17"

I am yet to tackle June's challenge of the "Crown Book"

Stitch Meditations

 SM 188
 SM 189
 SM 190
 SM 191
 SM 192
 SM 193
 SM 194
 SM 195
SM 196

Sunday, July 7, 2019

Stitch Meditations

SM 182
SM 183
SM 184
SM 185
SM 186
SM 187

Saturday, July 6, 2019

Pieces for Final Exhibition

My final 2 pieces for the exhibition were my paper book and a piece I randomly put together at the last moment.
 Front cover of book done with rose leaves on wool blanket fabric. Bound with Japanese Tortoise style binding.
 Back cover on cotton fabric with random placing of various leaves.
The striped edging is from the winding of the cord around the dowel.
Dowel string wrapped fabrics boiling in the pot. More boiling water had to be added and unfortunately the school's arts department only could provide small pots for use. Must look for an old boiler pot at the op shops.
 A selection of paper prints in my book.

 Random last minute piece, stitched the muslin print onto a background with 2 printed papers, basil leaf on cotton on to a piece of upholstery fabric.
Another last minute add on, stitched scraps onto the fabric strip before rewinding.
Our exhibit. Amazing work by everyone in the class.
There were several pop up stalls during the week of school.
Tombo Japan + China from Fitzroy North were selling various Japanese wear, wood products, fabrics etc. I bought the spool and treated myself to this writing box (even has a secret drawer inside).
I have always loved sewing and writing boxes but haven't been in the position to see one to buy on my Japan trips. This one came home with me. I also wish I had bought more spools. A visit to the shop is planned.

Thursday, July 4, 2019


Japanese spool, I stitched narrow pieces together and wrapped it around with a piece of dyed paper on the end.
Concertina book with wool piece dyed with singles leaves amid a few of the squares have a little extra added.
Random sample, pieces of wool, silk, linen and cotton randomly stitched together.

Class Contribution

Lotta Helleburg, our teacher.
Each class makes a contribution related to their class, to be auctioned off at the final dinner.
Using pieces of printer fabric and paper, we each made tags. A small silk drawstring bag was dyed for the tags to go into.
Lotta made the skirt to go around the bottle.

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Day 3 - some stitching

 Spent the afternoon putting a piece together using fabric soaked in tannin. Added 2 pieces of soy milk soaked fabric, all printed. 
 A small piece of chiffon added. Realised the piece had a little fish with fat lips floating among the leaves.