Sunday, February 28, 2021


 Week 24 - Jude Kingshott - U.K.

"One Stitch Leads to Another"

Jude says "In this workshop you will be creating a fabric book using a neutral fabric for the individual pages and cover. You will be working on the front of the pages so that the stitching, when viewed from the underside, offers an alternative and beautiful aspect for the viewer".

The requirement list suggested we use organdie, silk organza or recycled damask fabrics. As I didn't have any I made do with what I had. Linen for the cover and a fine cotton for the pages.
The size of the book was determined by how many pages. 

My small fabric book is 4.5" square.
I chose to use my hexagon quilting template with dark blue Japanese taupe fabrics.
Kept it simple with basic stitching.
I wasn't happy with the reverse side of the stitching showing. Not very neat, though I did like being able to see the hexagon on the underneath pages.

My pages.

"Further Development"

Our 2nd week challenged us to use paper with fabric to make a scroll. I am partial to the combinations of blue and brown colours.
The previous class, I eco dyed mirror image on paper. I couldn't bring my self to cut it up so didn't use this for the reverse side of my scroll.
Instead a piece of eco dyed print on fabric was used.
Organza was a requirement but as I didn't have any, a piece of pale blue Japanese Taupe made do. Therefore a chopstick found in my kitchen drawer was use to hold it together.
My scroll was made "scraps, simple and random". 
 To conform to the challenge, a piece of floral paper was added.
A t-bag was used .
A couple of pieces of eco dyed fabrics.

I enjoyed this workshop as I enjoy making scrolls. I usually use various sizes of wooden bobbins, from the shop Kyo, unfortunately closed due to now selling wholesale. The owner of the Japanese shop Tetsu, informed me that it will be open to the public over Easter for 12 days. I had better stock up on some!!.  

Friday, February 12, 2021

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 Week 23 - Caroline Nixon U.K.

"Eco Print with Stitch"

Caroline says, "In this workshop you will learn how to make eco prints or botanical contact prints. Eco printed fabrics make a wonderful background for hand stitch. In this technique heat, moisture and pressure are used to permanently transfer plant pigment to cloth. You will be printing with the leaf itself".

I have eco printed before but Caroline's instructions and technique were very simple and self explanatory. It is always great to learn a new method and tweak previous ways of doing things. 

A different method was to use cling wrap as a barrier against the leaves in readiness to be steamed. Instead of string to wrap, we used old t-shirt fabric, this enables the end to be held by my foot to stretch the fabric to wind tightly. So much easier on the hands.
This method worked well and did not leave the usual indented marks that string or cord does. 
Pale pink linen dipped in a diluted iron solution and covered with strawberry, Japanese maple, gum and sage leaves.

This next piece was covered in a small amount of eucalyptus leaves spread widely apart.
Unfortunately I was called away after steaming for 25 minutes instead of the recommended 90 minutes.
I decided to re-steam for the 90 minutes with added leaves on the reverse side.

Printed on fine 100% wool cloth.
We have a species of Eucalyptus that prints orange and there is a large tree within walking distance of my home. As I was running short of cling wrap, wanted to make do with what I had and save a trip to the supermarket, I used kitchen paper towel as the barrier. I have done this before and find it works well and I can cover my books with it.
The kitchen paper towel was used to make the covers for my folded stitched book.

I stitched simple leaf outlines, seed stitch, simple branches and French knots

Printing on cardboard was a challenge as the leaves stuck in various places as I tried to peel them off.
I sliced and diced them to adhere to a piece of my handmade paper for the inserts in my Winged Book.

"Further Development"
Our 2nd week of the workshop was to experiment printing fabric in a mirror image.

I enjoyed this process and would like do a smaller piece. This is 16" square and I may make a cushion cover using the piece. The Banksia leaves did not print clearly in the centre. A stretch bandage was used to wrap the bundle.
If I come away from a workshop having learnt one new idea, then it is a success.