Archive for November, 2011

Dyeing to use these fabrics

I have rinsed, washed, dried and ironed all my fabric from the Dyeing day we had at Anglesea recently. I dyed some quilter’s muslin, op shop sheeting, old napkins, cotton perle and crochet thread, the occasional doiley and some old tablecloth.

Hopefully I have a large enough colour range to begin designing and making a ‘Monet’ quilt in the style and techniques of Gloria Loughman.

Purples & Blues




Yellows through to reds


Most of the fabric has interesting patterning such as this blue one:



November 19, 2011 at 3:11 pm 4 comments

Stumpwork: Progress and Design

Currently I am completing pieces and a folio for the Intermediate Certificate in Stumpwork with the Embroiderer’s Guild.

Our class was taught by the ever enthusiastic master craftswoman, Alison Cole.

We need to complete two minor pieces of stumpwork and one major piece. I have completed a stumpwork Coneflower which I designed to cover an antique brass based pincushion inherited from my grandmother.

Design sketches

My second piece is a beetle mounted onto a teeny circular box.

Design sketches

The major piece is inspired by Art Deco and is a monogram style design to fit a jarrah box:

Design sketch

November 5, 2011 at 10:31 pm 3 comments

Roadtrip SA

Over the September school holidays (spring here) we embarked on an extensive roadtrip during which we visited some of the most beautiful spots in Southern Australia.

Are we there yet??

The boys drove up through the Mallee to visit relatives, continued north to Mildura and then west across through the Barossa to Adelaide (almost 1000km and 3 days).

Claudia and I flew direct to Adelaide, South Australia from Melbourne (1 hour) to meet up.

First stop was the seaside suburb of Glenelg where we stayed for two days in a fun retro apartment. We looked at Port Adelaide, the City Centre and drove into the Adelaide Hills to visit the quaint town of Hahndorf.

As we drove south along the coast we deviated to a few beaches and wineries/breweries including Thomas Hardy’s historic Tintara at McLaren Vale.

Moreton Bay Fig at Tintara winery

The river meets the sea

More sensational scenery on the route south

Our big destination though was Kangaroo Island. At 150kms long this is no small island. Three days on the island was not enough to really enjoy all the beautiful and fascinating spots to see, however it gave us a taste. We travelled over in comfort on the car ferry (50 minutes) and drove to American River, our base for the 3 days. The island was celebrating with an Art, Food & Wine festival so there were plenty of events to keep us busy.

Fishing at Vivonne Bay

The Remarkables

Seal at Admiral's Arch

Snorkelling at Stokes Bay

To get to Stokes Bay you need to walk through a tunnel in the rocks, fun for the kids.

Pelicans at Emu Bay

After catching the late ferry to Cape Jervis we drove in darkness to Victor Harbour for our next stop.

Harbourside at Victor Harbour

Being the long weekend there was a definite carnival atmosphere until we escaped to walk around Granite Island just across the boardwalk.

Granite island has lots of granite!

And lots of wildlife but we were too late/early for the fairy penguins.

As we continued on, the boys stopped for a surf with the whales:

Spot the whale!

We drove around The Coorong on the Limestone Coast, stopping at Robe for the night.

Wise words

We continued on to Mt Gambier and trekked around the ‘Blue Lake’.

Final stop on the trip was Warrnambool which is close enough for us to go back and spend longer.

November 5, 2011 at 7:59 pm 1 comment

Another catch up!

So much to catch up since my last (July) post!!!!!!

Firstly I will follow up July, these are the ATC’s we sent in July to Anne in France:

Mine is FME and beading over a linoprint.

I won’t repeat news that is already blogged on the GeeTAG group blog. Visit there for recent workshops including today’s dyeing day at Anglesea. My pots of fabric, threads and napkins are looking good in their little jars and will be left to brew for a fortnight before being rinsed out:

These will result in 24 clear colour gradations plus a few variations. Some of our ‘dyehards’ altered the original recipe, adding brown, olive green or aubergine to the dyepots. It will be interesting to see our results in a fortnight.

My clean up rag was predominantly green:

My dyed fabrics (and matching threads) are destined for a large (KS) quilt based on Monet’s waterlillies and incorporating Gloria Loughman’s quilting techniques.

Last weekend was our Guild’s Bi-ennial exhibition(but has been three years due to the Johnston Collection christmas exhibition in 2009). I don’t have my bits and pieces back yet but this is a picture of the piece for one of our group exhibits. Everyone took one of Pauline’s linoprints to embellish how they please:


I used Kim Thittichai’s Hot Spots and glitter on the border.

Yesterday we received some beautiful autumn (in France) stitchery from Anne:

I will blog our swap ATC’s shortly after Anne has received them.

I’ll finish this post with a photo of my amazing daughter at her graduation with distinctions in Arts-Journalism & Indonesian from Deakin University.

Coming up next: a photo tour of our road trip-Adelaide to home.

November 5, 2011 at 5:30 pm 1 comment


November 2011

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