It’s Australia Day today

My exhibition finishes next Sunday so I thought I’d show a few pieces from it. These are all done with heat transfer dyes, one of my favourite print techniques, and machine stitching. the 1st 2 are framed pieces & are now sold. The long quilted wall hanging might end up on my wall.   Now that […]

Heat transfer dyeing workshop

Today’s workshop for Threads in the Valley ASG group. My table  Love these wooden circles – they were great for texture rubbings. The students got some great results and I think they had fun. Good use of leaves for resists

Heat transfer dyeing

I’m tutoring a Dispersal dye workshop in May. I’ve had these dyes mixed for ages so needed to test them in case I have to re-stock. They are still fine but some will need topping up. I used a fern as a resist when transferring from painted paper to the fabric. The same leaf can […]

Postcard

I printed some polyester fabrics with heat transfer dyes and cut out shapes with a soldering iron, then appliqued some of them onto a background to make a postcard. Thanks for your comment Judy – yes I do usually wear a respirator for that kind of work and would certainly advise anyone to buy a good fitting […]

Heat transfer dyeing blues & Autumn garden pics

I was given lots of fabric pieces, lace and abandoned projects from my M.I.L’s huge collection. A lot were offcuts of synthetic dressmaking fabrics which were suitable for heat transfer dyeing. The pic shows some after dyeing. They were all white to begin with – some were done by heat transferring from painted papers while […]

Prints and more

Some of my demo pieces from the heat transfer workshop – above was a fairly random arrangement of torn painted papers and resists (fern leaves & yarn) which were heat transferred onto delustred satin – came out surprisingly well! In this sample, a lace doyley was used as the resist. The paper (right) was painted, glad […]

In the studio & in print

I’m teaching a workshop in heat transfer dyeing this week so I needed to check my mixed up dyes were still OK. They last a long time – several years if kept in a dark place, but I still need to make sure, so I painted lots of papers and cut them up before transferring on to […]

New thermofax screen designs

Some test prints with my new design: Grevillea Leaf – for the smaller A5 frame.For more information see the thermofax tab at the top of this page. A couple of breakdown prints using Procion dyes on cotton. I tutored a workshop for our local group of the Australian Sewing Guild yesterday: Brilliant Colour on Synthetic […]

In my studio

Above: breakdown print on silk – using Procion dyes. I love this process – hadn’t tried it on silk before and not my usual colours but I’m happy with how this has turned out. I think I’ll send it for the Artwear Publications complex cloth swap to be shown at the Brisbane Textile Art Festival. […]

New covered sketchbooks

I was asked to do some more of these for a gallery shop. These are the first 4. They were photographed tonight so the colours might be slightly off but I’m going to take them in tomorrow and won’t have time then. Top: commercial fabrics pieced and stitched with some block printing and beaded braid […]