Shed Update

The shed is almost complete, just waiting on the carpenter to fit out and finish off and the plumber to install the sink.

Absolutely love the trapezium lights, thanks Jackson:
lightsAnd a great find at the vintage market was this quite old dress form, would love to know how old? I have been looking for one for ages.

dress form

dress form 2

I will need to give it a good clean up and see if all the fittings inside still adjust. I will make a champagne coloured silk slip to go on this to display my grandmother’s wedding dress.

 

April 7, 2014 at 11:20 am 2 comments

Samantha Bryan fun fairies

This weekend we have had a wonderful two days with the delightful Samantha Bryan creating fantastical vintage fairies of all manner of descriptions. This was run through the Trolly Dollies (great job Kerrie, Jenny and the rest of the crew). The fairies created were as varied as the participants. We began with making ten heads from air dry clay, all with individual characters. This was followed by the elongated armature to which we added our beetle shaped bodies fashioned from leather and stuffed with filling.

My heads:

Heads

This picture shows the bibs and bobs that go into making one of Samantha’s fairies:

Samantha's bits

It was great to get a close up look at the amazing detail Samantha puts into her fairies also:

Samantha's flightful fairies

 

One thing that was constantly reinforced by Samantha throughout the weekend was that her work is always constructed with the rigours of them travelling to exhibitions in mind. Therefore the processes taught and the materials used were ones designed to be hardwearing and resistant to handling. Samantha uses a lot of silver soldering which would a great great further workshop for when she visits next year (that’s a hint Kerrie!).

My ‘Movie Man’ is headless at the moment:

Movie man 1

The head I originally made (with red beanie) was too small for the armature constructed so I had to make a new head (sheoak seed ears). The body and camera were sewn from leather scraps.

Kerrie had her ‘action man’ almost completed and was also very busy on the Saturday night constructing three more bodies:

Kerry's action man!

Thankyou for the delicious slices also Kerrie, the peanut butter brownie was very badly more-ish (you can get Kerrie’s yummy recipes here).

And it was also wonderful to meet and work with Samantha, she was an absolute sweetie!

Kerry & Samantha

 

 

April 7, 2014 at 9:52 am 1 comment

India Flint & my Girl’s shed

Firstly India Flint has a giveaway on her blog. She is a most thoughtful, interesting blogger, well worth reading regularly. I am very hopeful I will find time to attend her workshop one day.

An update on the shed-the building is up and clad, plumbing should be finished this weekend so it can be signed off.

Hopefully I can start to move my gear in over the holidays!

shed 1and from the other end where the apple tree is recovering from a necessary prune. I have some ‘pink lady’ prunings which I will attempt to graft on in the direction I want it to head.

shed 2and the inside

shed 3

 

shed 4and my lovely ‘happy birthday’ rose which has had the most amazing blooms, nearly time to prune for hopefully a repeat flowering.

HB Rose

 

Happy xmas all, I will be blogging over on GeeTAG after our Christmas gathering on December 14th.

 

 

 

 

December 6, 2013 at 1:18 pm 1 comment

Girl’s shed update

We are getting there!!

Slab-chocolate brown for thermal heat absorption (needs to be sealed after the tradies have finished so will come up darker)

slab

 

Frame is almost up:

frame 1

 

Gap where the door will go:

frame 2Double glazed door (going for energy efficiency on this shed- there will be lots of insulation too):

door 1

 

The cladding they put on the walls last week (wrong!!):

cladding 1

 

The cladding they should have put on to match our other shed (had to be re-ordered!):

cladding 2

 

And the space (up the top and facing north) for the windows:

north wallTwo sets of these to go in under eave, calculated to let winter sun in and keep summer sun out:

window

 

Hopefully new cladding will arrive and it will be lock up by end of next week!

Then the power and storm/water tradies will come in. Then we can get it signed off by the planning department, and then maybe I can move in.

 

 

 

November 9, 2013 at 11:58 am 2 comments

Studio started!

I have just returned from a few days enjoying the scenery over the water hoping to find the concrete slab in place. Framework went in Monday and no sign of concreters since, hopefully they will turn up this week so the shed can go up before the end of the holidays.

slab framing

 

The few days we had away were great to recharge the batteries and spirit. We ate great food, sampled great wines, shopped, walked and drove around the magnificent Mornington Peninsula.

Cape Schank

Cape Schank

 

London Bridge near Portsea

London Bridge near Portsea

 

Beach huts at Dromana Beach

Beach huts at Dromana Beach

I’m sure some of the photos taken will find there way into textile art, especially the upcoming workshop with Alison Holt in November (can’t wait!!).

As always I found some handy little tidbits in the local Op shop:

 

Sorrento Op shop

Sorrento Op shop

The thick brown twine will be used for a coiled basket of some kind.

 

 

 

 

September 25, 2013 at 1:21 pm 1 comment

Crewel work finished

I have had my crewel work returned from assessment (yet to receive the written summary but received positive feedback so all good). I really enjoyed crewel work, the texture of the wool, the quickness of the stitch up and the relaxation of hand stitchery. The intermediate course was a perfect winter activity!

Here are my finished pieces below, I haven’t photographed the samplers, maybe next time. All coursework will be on display at our upcoming biannual exhibition and should be mind blowing, there have been some wonderful portfolios of work produced over the last two years by some creative and accomplished stitchers. Well done everyone including the tutors.

The first piece is a bag made from a Nicole Mallalieu design. The embroidery includes free machine embroidery as well as the crewelwork and is on a pocket at the front of the bag. The design for this began with the vintage fabric I bought on a trip to A piece of Cloth. (I thought I had blogged about this visit but cannot find it, will do later) It includes left over light grey woollen fabric from a long ago project, dark grey woollen fabric from a pair of Op Shop trousers, heavy black fabric from a discount shop and some lovely red linen as lining. I have a magnetic catch on the pocket and a zipped gusset on the bag. Nicole’s pattern was a dream to sew with very explicit directions, however it is an advanced pattern so I wouldn’t attempt alone without a good background of sewing skills. It is very roomy and will be perfect for carrying lots of gear to GeeTAG group and workshops (and shopping trips!)

bag

This cushion was designed from the roman blinds in our family room where this chair sits. It was great fun to stitch as we had to use 15-18 stitches so I could be very creative in applying the stitches even though it is a quite traditional design.

poppy cushion 1

This paperweight is one of the minor pieces made from one of the samplers. I chose a nice flat river stone from the garden and felted the wool over first. The embroidery was cut out and then needle turn appliqued into place. I had originally designed a lotus flower to embroider for this but ran out of time. Might do a matching one at some stage.

felted stone

Another minor piece: we had to do crewel embroidery over  a patterned piece of fabric. Most people embroidered over tapestry but I decided to make Claudia a cushion when I found the red patterned fabric. I cut out a motif and ironed onto a heavier fabric with vliesofix to make a sturdier base for the wool embroidery.

Claudia's Cushion 2

Claudia's Cushion 3

 

August 16, 2013 at 9:21 am 2 comments

Playing with Gelli

We had a fabulously fun play day with a friend who has a Gelli Plate (note to self: must buy one).

We started with prints on paper using various mark making and masks and then got really excited by working on fabric.

The fabric we used was sheeting I picked up at a local Op Shop (thrift store).

Why I love Op Shop fabrics:

1. They have been well washed (no sizing and take colour really well)

2. You don’t have to be too precious and can experiment freely

3. the white sheeting is usually a really good quality of cotton

4. It is really easy to rip to whatever size you wish.

Firstly experiments with colour on paper:

smooshing the paint

smooshing the paint

Beryl 2

Gelli print 2

Gelli print paper 1

Gelli print3

And seeing some influence from the Monet exhibition currently on at the National  Gallery of Victoria:

gelli print 1

 

And my prints using a limited colour palette on fabric:

Gelli Prints

 

Now need to maybe add some stamping/stitch and see what we can make.

I’m thinking bags, bookcovers and maybe some 3d shapes.

 

May 24, 2013 at 2:44 pm 2 comments

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