Sunday, 21 February 2010

What a great weekend

Up early this morning, no time to Ralph poor Ralph though as Sharne and I wanted to get to Textiles in Focus nice and early to set up our workshops. IMG_5943         IMG_5941







The drive was very hazardous, skidded twice in the first couple of minutes, then saw 2 accidents within the first 10 minutes, needless to say, I drove slowly, it took us half an hour longer than normal so good job we left with time to spare.

This is the workshop that I did ‘Transfer Dyes to Stitch For!’


Make stamp and colour papers using disperse dyes/transfer paints


Transfer the printed background paper onto synthetic fabric, and then draw appliqué shapes onto paper side of bond a web


Iron Bond-a-web on to wrong side of synthetic satin and rough cut shapes out in colours groups

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Place rough cut shape on top of painted paper and iron colour off, cut out precisely

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Place cut out appliqué pieces on background fabric and iron in place

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Lay bond-a-web all over this and iron, then iron black chiffon on top of this and the embroider.

What a lovely group of ladies and there end results were very good and more importantly their own personal interpretation of the method.


FET is always fun and it is great to catch up with acquaintances, in particularly Jenny.  Jenny has lent me her book on Kantha work , again!!! and also let me look at what she is working on at the moment and how she did it, have tomorrow off so I am hoping that I might get a chance to play. Jenny has recently finished a commission and this is a link to the web site showing her work

MESH were also exhibiting, some really excellent work and also work that made you smile.  Something that I think we all need to remember when we put on an exhibition.

Margaret's Tucan that sung Happy Birthday!A happy bright and fun exhibition which was supported with work of an excellent standard.


And last but not least there was our stand Fen Edge Textiles, unfortunately we were too busy talking and forgot to take any photos until we were half way through taking the stand down!!!


And then home to find Mum had plated me up a roast lamb dinner – yumm xx