Did anyone notice this dress on the front page of Brisbane's Sunday Mail 'event' liftout? It's made completely out of suffolk puffs or yo-yos.
It was part of a fashion shoot for the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival. The photographer is Ian Golding. Unfortunately I can't tell you who designed the dress. They either don't give credit or I couldn't find it. I have emailed the paper so I might have some news later.
The photos were all taken at the Tangalooma wrecks on Moreton Island, practically my backyard. Check out the other designs at the Sunday Mail
This post was first published here on 29th June, 2009.
This is truly pathetic. We are closed for the next 2 weeks, except Sundays. Saturday afternoon I began to panic. Do I have enough 'stuff' at home to keep me occupied. I created a list of all the things I wanted to at least start. Then another list of what I would need to do this. All very methodical.
I brought home 2 bags.
Sunday after lunch was when the panic set in
But what if I wanted to do this. What about this idea that has been floating around for a couple of weeks?
These supplies have been spread out on my large corner lounge. I've tried to make tidy piles for the photos but you just know that it going to spread out all over the place. I have now prioritised the projects but I can see that going out the window the first time I have another whim.
The stuff can't stay in the lounge, better go and make room for it in the studio... with the rest of my stuff.
This post was first published here on the 22nd December, 2008.
I've had one of those weeks when things don't go to plan. Not on the Dyeing front. Thank Goodness!
I've been doing School Holiday Activities for the Council. Its organised by one department and then run out of libraries and community rooms- a different department. Guess what? They don't talk to each other. So I've been dealing with people who don't seem very happy with their jobs. Makes me feel very lucky. On the last day, the activity time was changed from 10am - 12n to 12n - 2 pm. But they forgot to tell me. So I lost a whole day for 2 hours. Hardly seemed worth it.
On the upside, the actual activities and the kids were great fun. Anyway, I'm writing this while I wait for some fabric paint to dry. I finally got around to finishing the cotton skirts with the lace underskirts.
The colours blend more than it seems in the photo.
The suffolk puffs add a nice touch.
This shirt has been ECO DYED, but I don't think the method works very well for multiple motifs. I'll keep trying though as the alternative is stitching which is way too time consuming.
I really liked this man's T-Shirt.
This is the paint that I'm waiting to dry. I mixed up the colour and started stamping. I forgot to add the textile medium. I quickly added the medium then painted over each motif . Hope that's enough. I'm actually making the pants for me so it won't be a complete disaster. I'll post a photo when they're complete. That paint should be dry now.
This post was first published here on 27th September, 2008
By the time you read this I will have flown to Melbourne to watch this year’s Formula One Race. As usual when I travel I take along craftwork. My husband calls it my security craft. I never leave home without it. Security restrictions on aircraft have limited the choices available however there are still a few ways to while those hours. Traveling on buses, trains and cars can also challenge crafters. Portable, lightweight and uncomplicated crafts are essential for a carefree break. Here are a few ideas.
Bead Making: Last year when I traveled to Japan this was my activity on the flights there. I precut my fabric and paper strips. Very long narrow triangles work well. My winding tool is a plastic straw. Cut the straw in half. Take one half and fold it flat along its length. Insert this inside the other half. I also took along a piece of Baking Paper and a Snap Lock Bag to store them in. I use clear paper glue in a see through pen shape bottle. Some airlines specify that no adhesives be taken on board. I popped my glue in the Liquid, Aerosol and Gel bag and declared it. I further checked with the airline staff on boarding. It didn’t prove to be a problem.
Kumihimo: This art becomes portable when you use one of the hand held discs available. I prepare my threads prior to traveling to avoid the scissor dilemma. If you want to take along long threads try winding them around the little tags that come with your bread. This will prevent tangling. I find that they work better than embroidery tags.
Suffolk Puffs: Not suitable for planes, but still great for traveling. They are portable, lightweight and with the use of the templates available become uncomplicated. I take these with me to the actual race days. I love my motor racing but find the down time between races a bit of a snooze. I precut my fabric squares to the required size before leaving. I find the ticket pouch doubles as a scissor and thread holder. Tip: take along extra needles, if you drop one you will never find it.
Friendship Bracelets: If traveling with children this will keep them amused. The threads can be secured to the airline table or the back of a car seat with a strip of sticky tape. Let the children choose their thread colour and precut them. There are many bracelet patterns available however I would avoid the ones where you insert a bead. You just know that little hands will spill them and who wants to be picking them up off the floor.
This post was first published here on 19th March, 2008.
Its just gone 5pm on a Friday afternoon. I'm still waiting for fabric to dry.
It's hanging on the line and I'm hanging on hoping we don't get hit with another summer storm.
In between storms I have managed to get some dyeing and drying done. These are some silk scarves.
And I dyed this shirt for a customer. The colours were just what she was after.
When I went to iron it I discovered this hole. I've never had a dud one before from my supplier. I'll check them in future. Being one to turn failures into opportunities I've been playing around with options.
The colours of the suffolk puffs are wrong but I don't mind the look. I'm dyeing some silk as I write. Lucky the shirt is my size.
And to finish on a sweet note; I had just had a young couple come in a want to buy matching heart braided bracelets. they chose the purple and green (second & sixth from your right). Young love's grand, isn't it?
This post was first published here on 5th December, 2008.
It's very blowy and wet outside, courtesy of Cyclone Olga. Good day to stay inside. I thought that it was the perfect opportunity to get my head around the book I'm planning. The home computer wasn't in the mood for starting. I think that it was just having a hissy fit because I haven't been on it much lately. While I was waiting, waiting I started cutting some more junk mail up for beads. I needed to replace all the ones I sold on the weekend plus create some longer ones for a project.
Did a good couple of hours on the book. Started to feel a little confused so I thought I needed a little fun. These are Suffolk Puffs in the traditional manner, made from preloved clothes. Any ideas what the necklace cord is made of. Hint: it's preloved clothing too. And then onto experimenting. Could I make Dorset Buttons from the plastic rings around plastic bottle caps. Yes I think I can. I've just done the outside buttonholing but they certainly seem to be working.
And now for the exciting news. Motor Racing season has started again. Well sort of.It's the 24 hour race from Daytona. It is not V8s, Nascar or Indy but as Alan said they are going round in circles. Me? I can drive in circles. I want them driving fast. I think I will wind a few more beads while watching the last 3 hours.
This post was first published here on 1st February, 2010.
I'm going to say it right off the top. I'm really proud of myself with this braid from the Comprehensive Treatise of Braids III. This is number 28 which is ironic as the braid has 28 different moves in each sequence.
I really struggled initially getting into a rhythm. The braid moves did not alternate between right hand then left hand. There were multiple moves on each side before alternating.
My first attempt on Christmas Eve needed to be undone. By mid morning Christmas Day I was able to braid the sequence without looking at the instructions. I have used the same mercerised cotton as the last braid.
A Cultural Journey Through Blackwork.
Blackwork is one of the most popular forms of embroidery. Worked with black thread on white evenweave fabric it also one of the most striking. The popularity of Blackwork can be traced back to the reign of Henry VIII. Henry’s wife, Catherine of Aragon (the first wife) was an accomplished embroiderer and
is believed to have embellished her clothes with this work.
Blackwork is a counted method of embroidery using geometric alignment of stitches to create the pattern. It is considered a forerunner to cross-stitch. The use of Aida cloth is an ideal evenweave fabric for a beginner. Traditionally Holbein Stitch was used to create straight lines. Holbein stitch is a double running
stitch similar to back stitch. In this case the needle is brought up between the previously stitched thread to ensure that finished stitch lies flat. Today most Blackwork stitches use backstitch. Other stitches were used to create shading. They include Split Stitch, Stem Stitch, Chain Stitch and Coral Stitch.
Three styles of Blackwork developed. Linear, Reversible Blackwork, this is the style most of us associate with Blackwork. Traditionally worked on collars and cuffs this style was worked in bands to looks the same from the front and back. The Holbein Stitch was used to create this style due to its flatness and ability to hide the starting and finishing thread.
This image is of one of Trishalan Designs Blackwork Designs on Aida Cloth.
The second style was Free Form with Geometric Fill patterns. This style developed a little later and incorporated shapes resembling leaves, flowers, etc. The fill patterns were stitched with chain stitch, coral stitch and stem stitch. During the reign of Queen Elizabeth 1st this style of Blackwork was found on household items and the large billowy sleeves favoured at this time. The last style was the use of Outlined Motifs. The outlined motifs were found stitched in a random manner and also within a lattice pattern.
In my opinion, Blackwork is a little more challenging than cross stitch and a little less time consuming than fancywork. Start with a simple pattern and have a go, you will be very happy with the result.
This post was first published here on 28th April, 2008.
Recycling Old Denim
Crazy! I have certainly been feeling a little bit this way.
From having my computer skills tested to the limit while trying to sort out codes etc for this blog and finishing a beaded tassel for a kumihimo braid its been one of those weeks.
I've decided that is I'm going to feel crazy I may as well act out - in the craft sense.
Its been ages since I've indulged in some crazy patchwork. The photo is part of a denim bag I made using my hand dyed threads. The motif isn't one of my designs. It featured in a Handmade Magazine a
couple of years ago. I shrunk the original design before stitching. The denim pieces were collected from the end of season sell off at a second hand clothing shop. Fill a bag for $2. This meant that I got lots of different colours without having to buy minimum quantities. The bag is huge. I use it to cart my craft
stuff from home to the shop.
I love crazy patchwork. Okay, I'm not keen on the patchwork part but I do love the hand embroidery. I'm now inspired to use some of my hand dyed fabric to make a smaller bag. Keep checking back for
updates. I'll post a photo of the fabric when I finally decide which bits I'm going to use.
This post was first published here on 13th April, 2007.
This is the second braid I have attempted from Makiko Tada's book the Comprehensive Treatise of Braids III - Takadai Braids 1. I have used the mercerised cotton (un-stranded) I bought in the US this year
Mixed results from this attempt. The black has formed into 'ripples' yet the purples/cream aren't quite doing the same yet they are the same thread. You shouldn't see them showing under the 1:1 braiding either. I'll try this again with some warped threads and experiment with the tama weights to see if I can get it t look like the picture in the book. Back to the takadia.