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Twining and stitching with GeeTAG

The September and October meetings of GeeTAG were devoted to twining recycled materials and stitching them into vessels of choice. I used several Op Shop silk shirts, cut into strips and twined before being stitched into a hanging nest and a free form style of basket. I will embellish these further. The nest has some beading added to the hanging cord. The basket is based on the idea of rock pools so there may be a lot more attachments to this one.


October 14, 2019 at 9:32 am Leave a comment

Much Arty Fun

This post will be a catch up on how much fun I have been having over this month with making my faces quiltie for the ATASDA Travelling Suitcase Exhibition, Sketchbook Revival- a free crazy full on arts extravaganza, making my Challenge piece for Stitching & Beyond (Tasmania) travelling exhibition, making a postcard to post off to the Solihull embroiderer’s Group for a swap, attending a wonderful workshop-After Mirka Mora with Deb Brearley and another workshop with Carolyn Hawkins at the Bluebird Foundation.

Basket making with Carolyn, a drawing and watercolour from the session with Carla Sonheim and postcard in process:

After Mirka Mora:

After Mirka Mora

And the two travelling pieces in process: some hand stitching needed on the Faces piece to knock back the colour before I back and bind it to send off this week and the base level for Ancient Strata .

In progress

May 26, 2019 at 7:50 pm Leave a comment

Art dresses on exhibit

I was very honoured to be asked by my Deakin University PhD supervisor, Shelley Hannigan, to participate in a group exhibition of “Art Dresses”. Originally Shelley created a series of knitted copper dresses for interior designer Beatrix Rowe for a selected designers exhibition at Como House. The dresses, with the addition of invitees, were exhibited at the Public Pedagogies Conference in November at Victoria University and then at the Beatrix Rowe Interior Design Gallery in Ormond Road, Elwood in December. The latter exhibition was very popular with passers by, I had many interesting discussions while gallerist one Sunday, and many of the items on display were sold including my art dress (very excited by this).

Art Dress in Beatrix Rowe Gallery

December 26, 2018 at 1:15 pm 2 comments

Some natural dyeing and printing results

After my experimentation with some old op shop cottons and linens which had been soy mordanted a while ago, I got some muddy colours and very little print.

The red flowered gum leaves, blossoms and nuts gave a good coloured dye after cooking for an hour and then leaving for 24 hours. I strained the plant material from the water, added some alum to the pot, soaked the cottons in water for an hour and then bundled up. The cottons and a couple of scrap pieces of bridal satin were used with the leaves from the pot, some melaleuca sprigs and some eucalyptus cineria that had been soaked in rainwater. Some of the cooked leaves were dipped in iron water, most of the bundles were tied with silk tape around bamboo sticks, two were bundled around iron rods.


After reading Irit Dulman’s latest blog post I will try a bit more experimentation this week-thank you Irit for sharing some of your processes, we would love to see you in Australia!

I am thinking now of dyeing my upcycled linen dress in onion skins first and then try the overprint with the leaves. I will do a few more samples and see how they turn out before committing to the dress.


Onions skins and bark cooking

I will pop a few pieces in the pot tomorrow.


October 1, 2017 at 9:13 pm Leave a comment

Pink Day for Cancer

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.

The beginnings of a trophy for Pink Day

The beginnings of a trophy for Pink Day

Stay tuned.


April 18, 2015 at 8:25 pm 1 comment


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