I’m assuming these ATCs have been received so I will show a little of the process I used to make them. I decided to go with a macro version of a leaf for this ATC so I started by doing an image search on the web for inspiration. I also had a couple of photos taken in our garden for inspiration as well, then sketched up a design.
To make the base I layered coloured strips of fabric and vliesofixed to a base calico fabric.
This was covered with chiffon and I added some extra colour with watercolour sticks and auditioned some threads for free machining.
and then FME’d using some cording to make the veining stand out.
and a close up with some beads hand stitched for dewdrops.
A couple of the beautiful ATCs received for this month’s theme:
I almost have my May/June fabric swaps, June ATCs and a wall quilt for SWTAFE finished. All were held up by three days in bed with a winter virus but I’m hoping to get them all posted before we head off north for a welcome holiday in warmer climes this week.
I have just purchased this vintage Irish linen dress for $6, size 8 is too small for me but I’m thinking of deconstructing and eco dyeing it a la India Flint style.
However I would hate to do this if it has a provenance that is more important when left in the original condition. The dress has a Moygashel label and is well tailored with sleeve and pleat godets.
If you know anything about this garment let me know before I re-purpose it.
It also has a metal side zipper. I would love to know the age of the dress. I visited a few online sites but am still not sure.
The theme for our April ATC swap was graffiti. I received some fantastic ATCs for this theme:
For my ATC I used a free online graphics program to create the font and then printed onto canvas. This is the blurb that was attached to the back explaining the process:
…is a social comment in a public arena.
This ATC was created using a free Graffiti making program and reads ‘Tread Lightly’. It was printed onto canvas fabric and then fused to pelmet Vilene. The hand embroidery stitches across the centre are Knotted pearl stitch (http://www.needlenthread.com/2012/08/knotted-pearl-stitch-video.html) and a simple running stitch and French knots to add texture. The edging is a machine made cord attached to the edge. Like most graffiti it is bold and brash.
I can now post my latest fabric alteration results as I have heard they have been arriving at their destinations overseas. For March the designated technique was discharge.
I already had some discharge paste so I tried that first but found the results very disappointing. I then purchased some decolourant plus and found the effects just as poor, if not worse!
Back to bleach. I bought a new bottle of strong gel bleach, I don’t usually have it in the house being a natural cleaner type of person (i.e. vinegar is the strongest I go).
Excellent results straight off and very quick to activate on the navy broadcloth.
I rinsed in vinegar and water to de-activate the bleach and then washed in a little synthrapol.
April was a ‘choose your own adventure’ and I had an indigo kit I had purchased so decided to try that out. Unfortunately I think the dye powder or chemicals were too old (I did buy on sale) so there was no reaction when mixed. I will try again with fresh materials at a later date. As I had already tied, banded, clamped etc the fabrics, I made up a dye bath of Procion dark navy and used that for the dyeing instead. It is great fun unwrapping the parcels to see what effects you have. Strangely the colour on the silks was more purplish.
On the weekend was Mother’s day so here is the delicious ‘smoothie bowl’ my darling daughter made to follow the cooked eggs, bacon, spinach, tomato and mushrooms on sourdough.
Our local netball will be holding a pink High Tea day for cancer on Mother’s Day weekend.
I have the welcome task of creating the inaugural perpetual trophy for the A Grade game.
A local Op Shop yielded a fantastic supply of ‘bibs and bobs’ for this trophy: a brand new pink lacy bra, lots of glitzy dance fabric, some cute bias binding and some pink perle cottons. Added to my existing supplies of beads, sequins and notions, they will enable me to create what I hope will be a spectacular and memorable trophy.