See me in Australian Patchwork and Quilting.

5 08 2013

It has been a long time since I have had a quilt published in a magazine.  As a general rule, I don’t have time to make, write up and submit magazine articles.  However, I have set some new goals, one of which is about increasing my contributions here and overseas.  This is the first.  Australian Patchwork and Quilting Vol 22 No 11, page 106.

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What do you think?





Quilting Arts is on the web and I have added my Jan/Feb news

28 01 2012

I got the new Quilting Arts a couple of days ago, but it has taken me a bit to get it on the web and the subscriptions out.  I love this edition.  Some of my favourite people are in it: Jane DaVila, Judy Coates Perez, Jane LaFazio, Susan Brubaker Knapp, and Kathy York.  Not to mention a fabulous article on the 12 by 12 quilts with Brenda Gail Smith.  Love it.

And this is the news that will be going in mail orders for the rest of this month and February.  I thought you might like to have a look.  I will start loading these on the blog as I prepare them.  News from Unique Stitching January





“Unique Textile Art” Classes at Rosehill Craft and Sewing Show.

26 01 2012

Following on from my previous post, I have now locked down the timing for my classes in a studio as part of my stand in Rosehill.  The Rosehill Craft and Sewing Show runs from 10.00 to 4.30 each day from 8th to 11th of March 2012.  It is at the Rosehill Race Course.  It is NOT the Stitches and Craft Show, which no longer exists.  The website for the show is here: http://www.craftandsew.com.au/.  All the workshops and events will be published there in the next few weeks.

So, three classes: one using Procion Dyes and two exploring some of the newer mediums such as TAP, Lutradur, Angelina, Foils, Bonding Powder, Inktense Pencils and other surface colouring products.  All three classes cross over a range of experience, from absolute beginners to people who have started playing with these media but are not sure where to go next.  There will be plenty of ideas and information shared but most importantly you will get hands on and try things for yourself and I guarantee you will have fun.  Each class will run for about an hour, with a bit of slippage.  Numbers will be strictly limited.

You can book at the stand on the day or prebook on www.uniquestitching.com.au.  I will hold places in each class every day for bookings on the stand but if you know you and/or your friends definitely want to do the class it would pay to prebook.

The first class starts at 11.00 each day and will be focused on the Angelina and Lutradur.  You can make Artist Trading Cards (ATCs), fabric postcards, or bookmarks.  Here are a couple of examples

The second class will be a dying class using Procion Dyes on cotton Fat eighths. It will run from13.15 each day.  You can choose three colours to blend to make 6 different colours.  Traditional colourways will be blue, red, yellow like this:

or a less traditional combination such as red, orange, purple like this:

other alternatives will be three blues or three greens, or three purple/pinks.

The third class is brand new, so much so that I only finished the sample in time to send the photo for inclusion.  It will run from 14.30 each afternoon.  This one explores Transfer Artist Paper (TAP), foils and a couple of colour products, predominantly the inktense blocks.  You will create a piece of embellished fabric that you can use as a small wall hanging, a cushion centre, a feature fabric or pretty much anything.  Here is my sample.  You can add more colours or more depth of colour with a couple of different products.

this sample is a bit crocked.  You will be given rulers so you don’t rush it like I did.  I am calling this Adelaide River because some of the images came from there and it is a place that has impacted on me.  I have tried to capture the poignancy of the location in the piece, but we will talk about using colour to add emotion to a project.

In the middle of all of this, somewhere between 12.00 and 13.00 I will do a traditional workshop in the workshop rooms on using different fabrics in your patchwork and quilting projects.

I hope that there is something here to tempt all of you living in the Sydney/NSW area and that you will join me.  Of course we will also have our full range of colour, fibre, fabric products; magazines and books; and so much more.

I will run similar classes (though not necessarily the same) in Perth, Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane also this year.  See you there.





Painting Lutradur

11 10 2011

In the US, they do not have access to the amazing coloured Lutradur we have, so many of the techniques you read about in books and magazines requires you to paint your white lutradur first.  This is something that gives you the flexibility to create whatever colours you want for your projects.  You can paint the coloured Lutradur too.  In both cases, it is very very easy.

The next few photos show me painting about a metre of the heavy weight.

I like to use Dye Na Flow to add colour.  Dye Na Flow is a semi transparent paint, so you can still see the texture of the fibre behind it, you get blends of your different colours in a watercolour, washed sort of finish and the paint does not act as a significant resist to heat sculpting or distorting.

I dilute the paint with water to make it thinner and lighter.  Experiment to get the intensity of hue you are after.  Remember paints go on every surface.   You don’t need to target specific paints to a particular fibre.  Dye Na Flow is a fabric paint, which means that it has a bonding agent of sorts that will lock onto the fibre (not in like dyes) and be colourfast once dry and cured.  Heat setting with an iron or heat gun will escalate the curing process.

Then it really is a matter of slapping the paint on to saturate through the Lutradur.   I always add three colours to pretty much everything I do.  In this case I have used Turquoise, Teal and Purple.  When they blend in you get all sorts of blues with hints of green and violet.  Every piece is different.

Slap on one colour

fill the gaps with the other paints, painting over air bubbles – unless you want a more organic look – then leave the air bubbles alone.  Lutradur is not woven, so it has layers and there are lots of places the air can get trapped in the heavier weight fabrics.  I usually flip it over to check the coverage.

Then hang it on the line or leave it flat to dry.  If you have read this far, I probably should have mentioned at the beginning that it is best to line your table with news paper or plastic and to paint out on the grass.  Paint will dry on your floors or concrete and be permanent – yes even fabric paint.  And that sun thing – it escalates the drying process so take care of how far you a ‘slapping’ the paint and rinse down any spills before they dry.

This painted Lutradur is for my “I Dream of the Sea” classes at the Brisbane Show.  It is the backdrop of the four elements in the sample, one of which is below.  I have shown you this photo before, so forgive the repetition if you have seen it.

 Also in this sample is plain light weight Lutrdur with Transfer Artist Paper transfers and Light weight light Blue Lutradur with Angelina ironed to it and terribly distressed with the heat gun.  This last one is my favourite finish.  The heavy painted Lutradur does not distress with out a lot of heat. Putting paint over it also builds up the layers and acts as a resist.  The thicker the paint the greater the resist.  It takes a bit of persistence to distort this, and maybe you don’t want to.  Fire works but can be a bit dramatic.  A very hot heat gun will also work.  An iron will just sort out creases.

As always, experiment and play.

 





Painted lutradur

23 07 2011

From this

to this:

The photo does not really do it justice.  The piece has a lot of complexity and depth.  I have painted the heavy weight lutradur with Dye Na Flow.  As the Dye Na Flow is semi transparent, you get lots of blending and layers being created.

This is the last component of the kits for the Lutradur Mixed Media class I am running each day at the Melbourne Craft and Quilt Fair next week.

 





Free Art Quilt workshop now available

19 07 2011

Want to make this?  Some of you already have.  For the rest of you I have made this free for you to play with.  Simply go to http://artquiltclass.wordpress.com and there are six simple steps to making this.

Enjoy, share, have fun with it.

 





Want to take part in a fibre art blog tour?

3 05 2011

I am going to.  Kathy York, a fabulous textile artist in the US has gathered some friends and asked them to create a three dimensional fibre house to be part of a textile village.  It looks amazing.  Then one day each, they will reveal (and hopefully discuss) each house.  The link for Kathy’s blog outlines the inception of the idea and can be found here.

The first house went up mid day our time yesterday and is amazing.  Each house must be made of fabric.

Susan Else (website)              May 2
Frances Holiday Alford        May 3
Pamela Allen (website)         May 4
Frieda Anderson                    May 5
Lisa Call                                   May 6
Jane Davila                             May 9
Naomi Adams                        May 10
 Jamie Fingal                          May 11
 Barb Forrister                       May 12
Vickie Hallmark                     May 13
Connie Hudson                      May 16
Leslie Jenison                         May 17
Sherri McCauley                    May 18
Judy Perez                              May 19
Melanie Testa                        May 20
Laura Wasilowski                 May 23
Kathy York                             May 24

If these hyperlinks don’t work, you can get them from Kathy’s site directly.  This looks to be a very inspirational and different ‘patchwork’ experience.  Hopefully it will encourage us all to stretch our boundaries.





AQC is around the corner. I love AQC

30 03 2011

This year is the seventh (I think) Australasian Quilt Convention.  I love this show.  I love the excitment of the events, the fabulous national and international tutors I get to meet and the pure joy of the participants who come to the only Quilting only craft show in Australia.  And the amazing quilts – wow the quilts!

Since inception, I have tried to throw myself into every aspect of it.  I think I am the only exhibitor who can say I have attended every AQC social event.  The welcome cocktail party is always a blast and the formal dinner is ‘THE’ quilting event of the year in my mind.  This year will be no different.  I have my tickets and am choosing a new ‘frock’ for the big dinner.  I love the awards, particularly the Shining Light award for an extraordinary quilter under 18 years and the Lut-Da award which is for a quilter who makes a major contribution to their community.

Each year, the delegates - those who have registered for one or more days of the classes – get a gift bag with goodies donated by the exhibitors who are trading.  Again, each year I contribute to this and try to make it a bit sensational.  This is in fact, my biggest marketing spend each year, and I love trying to come up with something bigger and better than last year.  I have never seen what others contribute and nor do I care, but I am always happy with what I provide.  This year I have put in hand dyed fat quarters of cotton sateen.  These are a new product for me and over the next few weeks/months, I will be dyeing up a full range of this fabulous fabric.  It is 100% cotton, but lustruous and soft like a silk satin.  Gorgeous.  Here are some photos of it in process.

70 metres dyed in 12 colourways - glorious

70 metres cut into 280 fat quarters, oh my aching back!

packed and ready to go. Phew!

If you want more information on AQC, go to www.aqc.com.au.  If you want to get one of my gorgeous fabrics, you need to register as a delegate.  There are still some great classes available and you can go for a day or four days.  Check out Jane Davila’s surface design classes on the weekend (two are sold out but there are a couple of places left in the other two).  She is a funny lady and you will have fun if you join her.





April May Quilting Arts is here and 101 Patchwork Projects and Quilts is on its way

26 03 2011

 

the new QA magazine arrived late yesterday.  Subscriptions will be in the post by Monday.  It is focused on projects inspired from nature.  The cover is shown above.

Interweave have a new magazine, which is a one off enormous patchwork issue.  Entitled 101 Patchwork Projects and Quilts, more like a book than a magazine, it is just under 200 pages of fun, funky, fresh patchwork projects – everything from coats for you pets, vases, household items, garments and accessories and of course some quilts.  These are due for delivery towards the end of this month and look to be sensational.





Well, I can share some exciting news

6 02 2011

The cat is out of the bag and I am pleased.  I am now ready to tell you about one of the exciting things I have been organising for this year.  I am bringing Lesley Riley out to Australia for the Textile Art Festival.  Textile Art Festival will be held in Brisbane on 11-13th June this year.  It is the Queen’s Birthday long weekend for most States, so pop it in your diary and come for a visit and help pump some regeneration into the QLD economy.

Lesley is one of the nicest people I have met and she is very, very clever and creative.  Lesley is a quilter and mixed media artist who has specialised in collage.  She has written a book on using Lutradur (which I have on the website – the Lutradur and the book) and has most recently completed a book on using her Transfer Artist Paper or TAP.  This book is due for release in a few months.

Lesley created the TAP and has been teaching how to use it for some time in the US and internationally.  On January 31st this year, TAP won the Craft and Hobby Association award as the most innovative new product.  This is according to CHA  “These coveted awards represent the industry’s most prestigious recognition for product innovation, trade show exhibition, retail innovation and press kit design. Judged by CHA staff and a celebrity panel of judges …”

Very exciting.  Lesley will run some workshops, have a ‘Artist at Work’ space near one of my stands and be available to share her depth of skill and knowledge.  She might even sign one of her books for you if ask nicely.

You can see examples of Lesley’s work on her website www.lesleyriley.com and you can find out more about the Textile Art Festival at www.textileart.com.au








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