Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Paper Making - Week 5

This week's class of paper making was on the agenda. With only 2 mixers to share between 6 students I only made 11 sheets. Happy with what I achieved. Will experiment at a later date.

 Cut up tiny pieces of leaves, flower petals, tea bags and corn husks.
These were added to the mixer of shredded paper to pulp.
When pulped, the mixture was a shade of blue, in the water it lost it's shading and was cream in colour.
 I added some petals to float.

Onion skins soaking.
I added some of the onion water to my tub, turning it to a chicken soup colour of pale yellow.
When dry, the paper will lose some of it's colour and become paler.
Due to Melbourne Cup day, no class next week.

Stitch Meditations

 SM 302
Herb Garden Bed
SM 303
Whole piece stitchery

Monday, October 29, 2018

Stitch Meditations

 SM 297
Batik Scraps
 SM 298
Chiffon scarf fabrics with stenciled ginkgo.
 SM 299
 SM 300
Indigo Bento Box
SM 301
Sunshine for Peter Mac Walk.
Yellow for Sarcoma and Purple for Cancer Research.

Sunday, October 28, 2018


Toady Emma completed the 21 km walk for the Peter Mac Unite to Fight Cancer walk.
She set herself 4 hours and came in at 3 hours 50 minutes.
Yellow is the colour for Sarcoma (bone and cartilage cancer in her right leg), she is in remission.

Saturday, October 27, 2018


Spent some of the morning harvesting the red and brown onions.
We grow these during winter. Tied them in bunches using quilting fabric.
Won't need to buy onions for quite a while.
 They didn't bulb up as big this year, but big enough for the 2 of us.

 A few of the roses in the backyard. Sadly over 40 years, the labels have disintegrated, I should have written down the names.

 "Red Pierre de Ronsard"
A climbing rose of 3 years, slowly growing taller.

Another of my Iris, this is a small flowering one.
Pepper helping mix some compost while Salt was laying in her hutch.

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Iris Virus

Watching a segment on Gardening Australia, they showed a husband and wife who admitted they had "Iris Virus". Their backyard was nothing but iris and they were a second generation of growers.
I have to admit that I also love the Iris, especially the old fashion Bearded variety.
I have several in my garden.
My traditional dark purple variety, the first to flower in my garden, has finished.

I think this may be yellow.
I also have a two tone brown flower, though I feel it may not flower this year.

The warm weather is approaching and with it comes flies.
 We visited the Talbot market and a front garden had several varieties.

This pot was growing in the main street.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Book Binding - Week 4

Coptic Binding
"Coptic binding or Coptic sewing comprises methods of bookbinding employed by early Christians in Egypt, the Copts and used from as early as the 2nd Century AD to the 11th Century.
The term is also used to describe modern bindings sewn in the same style."

 16 pages of card are folded and pressed for the week.
I chose a blue covering to match the inside cover, a sheet of paper given to me by Mardi, who I met on the textile tour of Morocco.
 It is not a fast process and made uneasy by using a straight needle.
 A curved needle made the sewing quicker.
Looks like a chain stitch when finished.
Happy with my first practice piece.
Due to security shutting the building each night at a certain time, we didn't finish and will be told next lesson how to stitch on the back cover. 
Week 5 - Papermaking.

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Stitch Meditations

SM 288
I liked this combination

 SM 289
Summer Drought

 SM 290
Purple Iris

SM 291
Green Gully Fern

 SM 292
Dyed ribbon

 SM 293
Geelong Guild meeting, Rho Bruhn, guest speaker's business card.
Fabrics picked by Sue and Kim, who thought these would not go together, little did they know that Rho's card matched in with the colours.

 SM 294
Gingham and Stripes at Talbot Market.

 SM 295
Oranges and Blue combination.

SM 296
Whole piece snowflake embroidery.

Friday, October 19, 2018


It seems my blog has been hacked or something else is wrong.
I cannot open any of your posts on your blogs.
Someone posted a comment last night on a post several weeks ago and I deleted it.
Since then, I can't read any of your posts.
Trying to fix it.......

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Book Binding - Week 3

Our class this week was to finish off our book. Bound with Japanese Simple Binding and the inside using our cover sheets.

 Next week we are being taught Coptic Binding.
In preparation, we folded 16 sheets of card for the pages.
These sheet are to be pressed flat over the week. Glad wrap is used to hold then tight together.
For the pressing, I used my food saver machine, sealed one end. then vacuumed/sealed the bag. 
It worked very well instead of using a towel wrapped brick from the garden.
Class 5, we will be making our own paper. We are asked to collect leaves, flowers etc for the paper. I had a vase of  Ranunculus flowers, as the petals were dropping, placed them on the dashboard of my car to dry in the sun.