Cyclone Tracey Quilt Challenge through the Darwin Patchwork and Quilters

15 10 2014

Gosh, it is incredible to think that Cyclone Tracey was 40 years ago.  I was a child then, living in Mount Isa.  I remember very clearly the events that followed.  We had, for varying lengths of time, three seperate and very different family groups of Tracey refugees camped in our lounge and dining room while they transited through or waited for permission to return home.  It was my first exposure to people in crisis and the sometimes irrational behaviours that follows. One family had nothing to thank us with other than a boot full of canned foods, looted from a destroyed supermarket which they wanted to share with us.  Another family gave my sister and I a late Christmas gift, both costumes I think.  Mine was an Islander grass skirt and top.  Plenty of fodder there for a little quilt.  How would you commemorate this life changing and nation shaping event?

40 YEAR ANNIVERSARY
QUILT CHALLENGE
On Christmas Eve 1974, Darwin was destroyed by Cyclone Tracy.
The effect on people who lived through the cyclone was, and still is profound.
We invite you, the Quilters of Australia to make a quilt that reflects your depiction/memories of that time and Cyclone Tracy. You need not have lived in Darwin at the time, or experienced the cyclone, but remember it through different media/personal stories.
First Prize:
Second Prize:
Third Prize:
Viewer’s Choice Prize:
$250.00 $150.00 $100.00 $200.00
The quilt size is A4 (29.5 x 21 cm) and in portrait profile. The quilt must comprise of three layers and must be quilted. Any technique or combinations of techniques can be used to make the quilt. The finished quilt must have hanging sleeves on the top and bottom of the back of the quilt.
The quilts will become the property of Darwin Patchworkers & Quilters Inc. who will join the quilts together to create a community art piece.
Entries Close on the 1st December 2014. Entries should be posted or delivered to:
Cyclone Tracy Challenge
Darwin Patchworkers & Quilters Inc
PO Box 36945
Winnellie NT 0821
For further information please contact: Jan Cashion 0418 894 131 or
Pam Hamill 0412 213 600.





texturising Angelina fibre

7 10 2014

Did you know that you can create textured surfaces with Angelina fibre by ironing onto something with texture?

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I have used bits of three of the bright citrus hot fix Angelina, mainly as they are what I could put my hand on easily, but this will work with any hot fix or meltable Angelina.   You also want a surface that has good texture, ideally some depth so you get good contrast in your layer, that will take heat from the iron.  I have used two different rubber stamps.

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Place your stamp or other surface face up and layer the Angelina over the top.  The thicker you make your layer of Angelina, the thicker and more solid your final piece will be.

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Place baking paper or an applique mat over the top and iron to heat and melt all of the Angelina.  Angelina ‘crackles’ while still seperate fibres, so iron until the crackling stops.  You need to iron a bit longer than you think you do if your Angelina is very thick.  It might take a couple of attempts to get it right, but it is worth the effort of experimentation.

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Once happy, peel the Angelina off the stamp or other surface.  It should all be one solid layer now.  Trim back the edges for a straight line, neat finish or leave the loose edges for a more organic finish.  You can now cut, stitch, embellish the piece and add it to your project as desired.

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Painted Fabric transformed?

6 10 2014

In a couple of weeks, while I am teaching in Houston, I am have been invited to take part in the Open Studios programme.  I am doing two, two hour sessions.  One is on developing dimension, depth, movement etc with painted fabric backgrounds and the second is about creating and using monoprinted fabric in your projects.  I decided that I need some new samples.  I started with the first session, so have painted up half a dozen fat quarters of homespun with Dye Na Flow paint.  Now I am working into turning them into something.  The focus is, of course, the painted backgrounds, but it is about how they set a great framework for art quilts and other projects.

Here is the fabric I started with:

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I then auditioned some fabrics to go with it.  I started with a black fabric that I had gelli printed with golds and copper Lumiere Paint, added some rich, rust, hand dyed velvet and slate silk georgette.

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I stitched the power poles onto the background surface, put some gold/orange novelty yarn into the bobbin to ‘couch’ the electrical wires, created a focal point bird silhouette on the ground and three, ephemeral, transparent birds flying in the top right corner.  Basic quilting carries the eye along the line of the power poles.

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I am tempted to put two more silk georgette birds in the top left, but am resisting that for now.





Adventure West! 2015

3 10 2014

I will be bringing two terrific International tutors to Western Australia between 27th February and 8th March 2015.  If there is demand and support for the workshops, we will be running 8 classes across three different locations:  Perth, Margaret River and Albany.  The tutors are Patt Blair from the US (www.pattsart.com) and Alysn Midgelow Marsden from UK/NZ (www.alysnsburntofferings.blogspot.com.au).

To book your place, go to this link:  http://tinyurl.com/okrnxaz or

http://www.uniquestitching.com.au/c/4538764/1/adventure-west—27-february-to-8-march-2015.html

 

Here are the details of the Patt’s classes:

Painting with Tsukineko Inks (being run in Perth on 27th Feb and Albany on 7th March.

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Description:  You will be amazed at what you can create using these flexible and easy-to-use pigment inks made by Tsukineko of Japan. These permanent inks are used to enhance commercial fabrics or to create an original art piece painted on clean white fabric.

Special fiber stick applicators make painting much simpler than traditional brushing techniques. Students are delightfully amazed and proud of their creations.

Paint a landscape, still life, or animal using TSUKINEKO Fabric Inks and special stick applicators. Bring your own artwork or choose from Patt’s drawings. You’ll love these inks.. They are surprisingly easy to use… It’s like crayons for grown ups.!

 

Media Mixer (being run in Perth 28th Mar and Albany 8 Mar).

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Description:  Can you believe this little quilt top is created using fabric, napkin and kleenex tissues, stamps ,stencils, marking pens and pencils. You will design your own whimsical version of what you chose to adhere to fabric. All will be beautiful. I will bring several types of napkins, tissues, and stamps for you to play with but I encourage you bring something you love too. You’ll chose items, lay them around on your fabric piece ’til you are ‘happy’, then adhere them to your art quilt top with my instruction.

 

Fun Faces with Tsukineko Inks (being run in Perth 1st Mar)

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Description:  I’ll bring to class an assortment of face and torso shapes/eye/nose/mouth/hair shapes. You can mix and match into a collaged drawing to be used as a basis for a painted with ink caricature of yourself or a friend. Your result can be finished as part of a quilt, wall hanging, placemat,etc. You will have a ball!

 

Fusing to be Free (Margaret River 3rd Mar)

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Can’t fuse because the quilt top becomes stiff or the edges lift? No worries! This clever fabric fusing method avoids both problems and will have you fusing and designing original work almost without effort. Its fun and freeing… kinda like grown up play time! You’ll be proud of your newly enhanced quilt top. No machine required, really!

 

Painting a Portrait Quilt (Margaret River 4th Mar)

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This class is for anyone who wishes to learn the basic elements of portraits on fabric, and as importantly, capture an image of family or friend (2 or 4-legged ) in an engaging art medium using textiles and ink. Come to class with a tracing /drawing of your family or friend ( as outlined in pictures via http://pattsdrawingmethod.blogspot.com.au/), and you’ll leave with a portrait of which you’ll be proud.

 

Rubbings and Beyond (Margaret River 5th Mar)

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Start by rubbing a textural pattern onto your fabric, use a range of paints, markers and more and then embellish layers to create a fabulous art piece.

 

Now here are Alysn’s classes:

Crown Jewels Gone Mad (being run in Perth 27th Feb and Albany 8th Mar)

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Description:  Exploit the textured surfaces which can be developed by fusing and melting the Angelina fabric.
Really go for it with bright, lustrous, over the top combinations of Angelina fibre, wires, beads, soldering, burning, hand and machine stitch to develop a wild embroidery by layering and stitching.

 

Golden Romance (being run in Perth 28th Feb)

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Create a sampler collage which introduces the different forms of gilding we can use to apply onto textile backgrounds and stitch over, it throws in a little goldwork, then updates and twists the techniques to produce a sensual, subtle wall panel. The traditional is mixed with a couple of my favourite surfaces to stitch into which are waxed papers and felt from silk cocoon strippings. The stitchery is worked in delicate machine embroidery using viscose embroidery threads for their soft, silky sheen. If you are a hand stitcher, go back to traditional long and short stitch with floss silks, you will achieve wonders! (And it doesn’t have to be gold or traditional!)
Handmade Books – Make a Book without the Bind.  (being run in Perth 1st Mar and Albany 7th Mar)
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Description:  Have fun with a contemporary approach to bookbinding. Make your own special book which is also a work of art using the piano hinge style book binding giving a modern, flexible format.  Expandable, interchangeable pages are held in place with a clever technique using kebab sticks. The spine creates room for creating exciting sketch books and sample storage, or to use as a special occasion memory book with photos, writing, and memorabilia.  Best of all, there is (almost) no measuring!
Elemental Layers (being run in Margaret River 3rd Mar)

AMM Elemental Layers

Description:  Use silk, linen and flax fibres to create a textured surface, further developed using felt and stitch (hand and/or machine) which will then be treated with layers of paint, patina, verdigris and gilding to create a surface reminiscent of ancient bas relief carving or natural weathered and gnarled features.
Richly Stitched (being held in Margaret River 4th Mar)
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Description:  Velvet and metal are such perfect partners! In this workshop you will use machine stitching to create a rich, luscious, embroidered panel on velvet using metal and metal fabrics enhanced with a smattering of beads.
Mixed Media Layers (being run in Margaret River 5th Mar)
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Description:  Use an exciting mixture of different paints, resists, glazes, and stamps. Embellish with embossing powders to create densely layered and textured background fabrics for stitching and beading later. Expect to get messy and finish the workshop with plenty of experimental surfaces and a piece underway.




Perth Craft and Quilt Fair May 21st to 25th 2014

13 05 2014

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See us at this show on Stand F30 (not E30 as previously published).  We will have four great classes available daily at the Pop Up Classroom; some fabulous new products and great Show Specials.  For details on some of the Show Specials, see the attached flyer below.  I am only bringing one pallet, whatever excess luggage I can get away with plus a load of deliveries going straight there, so some stock will limited.  Don’t miss out on some great prices and one off promotions.

Here is my Perth Specials flyer:  Perth 2014 specials

See you there.

 





I am crowd funding

9 05 2014

or at least going to give it a go.

One of the most interesting parts about the connectedness of life these days is that producers can link into consumers in so many different ways.  Social media provides instant feedback, news can go viral in a heart beat, and through Crowd sourcing or Crowd funding, marketers can determine whether there is a need or appetite for a product before producing it.  I have been watching this phenomena for a while but have only just attempted it for the first time.

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This crowd funding is not a commercial venture and is only linked to Unique Stitching in as far as that I am an integral part of both.  I have an idea for a community resource for Textile Teachers or anyone who wants to expand into the Textile art world.  I am prepared to give the information away if there is demand for the service.  Based in a stand alone, community website, the material will be available 24 hours a day, all year and all around the world.

For years now, I have had hundreds or even thousands of High School Textile teachers come to my workshops to learn about contemporary media, techniques and tools so that they are better placed to share that knowledge with their students.  They want me to come to their schools or their PD days, but I am physically unable to do so as my calendar is already too full.  So this is part of a proposed solution.

For full details or to make a pledge, you can go to this link:  Pozible Link   or http://www.pozible.com/projext/180878

There has been a lot of excitement around the proposal, but it needs to translate into action.  I would like to proceed with this, but have other projects that can be done instead if it does not go ahead.  This package will only be built if there is demand and demand will only be measured by the success of this crowd funding exercise over the next four weeks.  Please share with your friends if you think they might be interested.





Houston Bound

25 02 2014

Wow, I am teaching at the Houston Quilt Festival in October this year. I am excited, amazed and a little overwhelmed but it is going to be fabulous and I hope that the classes fill, so tell your friends! For ease of reference I will share the schedule, as it currently stands in this blog post.

So here we go:
Monday 27 October 2-5pm Monoprint, Mask and Stamp.

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Monday 27 October 6-9pm Scattered Circles Table Runner

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Tuesday 28th October All Day  Daffodil Art Quilt

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Wednesday 29th October All Day  My Textured Garden

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Thursday 30th October 2-4  Mixed Media Miscellany  Stunning Surfaces with Man Made Meltables.  This is a session where a number of us are in a room and participants get to rotate around to see the ones that interest them.

Now that I have written this, it seems so real.








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