Monday, July 31, 2006

WIP Fabric Art Journal

My fabric art journal is going to be a stitch sampler journal, using the Jan Beaney and Jean Littlejohn book 'Stitch Magic' for inspiration. I thought of painting the linen, but decided against it as it would limit the colour borders that will go round each little sample and possibly also the thread used. The first sample shown here is herringbone stitch, and I am a good way through the detatched chain stitch sample. All unironed, straight out of the hoop -

Thursday, July 27, 2006

He's Green!

He's Green!
Originally uploaded by Maureen1.
At last I have finished my little quiltlet. I got stuck on one or two sections of this work and that has been quite a long time between start and finish times, but I am pleased with him. This work is in honour of my daughter's horse, whom she claims is 'green'.

Saskia Weishut

How about this textile art. Saskia creates the most marvellous pieces with textured, layered, manipulated fabrics. Could spend hours browsing around her site.

Loss of creativity

I seem to have broken the barrier. Have been browsing through Fabric Art Journals by Pam Sussman and have ideas clamouring for expression just waiting for time to be let out. I should really finish the rather pedestrian bag I started in desperation, but have a feeling it may wait a little longer for completion.

Sunday, July 23, 2006

Collage of leaflets

And another one scrapbook page of collected leaflets.


Scrapbooking from holiday leaflets, guess it is more collage than scrapbooking.

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Time out

There seems to be no real urgent need to sew at present, I have come to a blank spot, am hoping the workshop with Carol Wilkes will end this non-inspiration time. On a good note I have taken up pastel painting again and the long two year lapse seems to have done me no harm, I am quite pleased with the landscape I am currently doing. Guess I will never be a Picasso, but can aim for Grandma Moses, can't I???

Sunday, July 16, 2006

Library Book

Yesterday I went shopping for books for my machine embroidery group. I found this really fun book by Deena Beverley in which she not only makes beautiful bags, but also uses up a lot of scraps in the process. The book is Brilliant Bags by Deena Beverley.
I have already started sorting out scraps to make one of the bags, that is how tempting it is.

Friday, July 14, 2006

Sewing machines

I bought a new little Singer Featherweight to take out to workshops, etc. as it is so much lighter than my other machines. Have just spent a fruitless hour trying to get it to free motion sew; I have just cleaned and oiled it, replaced the foot, and am wondering whether to give it another go or give up (again). Am trying to do a book cover, which I would very much like to finish for our exhibition in November. At the rate I am going this is definitely not very likely! Maybe I should give in and use the machine I know will work.

Thursday, July 13, 2006


I will mail my ATCs to The Thread Studio exchange today. If you want to take part there is still time.

What kind of knitting needles are you

I like the idea of being a free spirit, so am posting this quiz so you can play too.

What kind of knitting needles are you?

You are interchangeable.Fun, free, and into everything, you've got every eventuality covered and every opportunity just has to be taken. Every fiber is wonderful, and every day is a new beginning. You are good at so many things, it's amazing, but you can easily lose your place and forget to show up. They have row counters for people like you!
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Wednesday, July 12, 2006

redcopper painted felt1

redcopper painted felt1
Originally uploaded by Maureen1.
More painted vliesofix applied to felt, this time metallic red setashimmer and copper paint applied to black felt. This for the Carol Wilkes workshop to make a bag. I think I might have to check my stock of red and copper threads and beads for embellishment.

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Artist Trading Cards 001

Artist Trading Cards 001
Originally uploaded by Maureen1.
I used some of the painted felt I showed you yesterday to make Artist Trading Cards. I crayoned little snippets to add and mod podged a sunset and put that on one card. Note the deliberate mistake - well I do live in Australia!!! Guess I will have to undo that and re stitch it on.

Monday, July 10, 2006


I haven't quite been idle these last few days. I bought a new overlocker and have been playing with it. Never believe the blurb when it says your new overlocker is easy to thread! Unless it is the babylock one that sucks the threads through and into position, they are still devils to thread, especially when you don't know all the quirks of your new beast. But once I did get it done it sews like a dream and I have been wearing my new trousers with pride.

Next month I am doing a workshop with Carol Wilkes
so I have been playing with painting vliesofix and ironing it onto felt. Of course the required size of felt is 2cm larger than any of the squares I have collected, so had to go buy a metre of the stuff. This picture is of one of my samples; turquoise and silver paint on beige felt. It makes a lovely background for all sorts of works. I have a painted piece of Vliesofix aka Wonder Under drying at present to apply to black felt. I painted this piece with red setashimmer and copper paint, which should look rather good on black.

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Part of lap quilt

Part of lap quilt
Originally uploaded by Maureen1.
Community Quilting day is next week and I have been busy making this little lap quilt top. I quite like the liveliness of the blue polka dot and white polka dot fabrics together. I think I would never do a blue and white quilt from choice, but I like the freshness and brightness of these fabrics worked together.

Sunday, July 02, 2006

Shrine, Tokyo

Whilst walking to the shops near my hotel in Tokyo, I notices a sign pointing to a shrine. I have no idea what sort of shrine this is, if indeed it is a shrine, but there were all these tiles fixed in a corner of a courtyard. I would have liked to have taken a picture of the whole corner, but parked cars obscured the view. I liked the different yellows with black and red writing on them and the haphazard but sort of planned way the colours flowed.

Saturday, July 01, 2006

Empress' Garden, Tokyo

Since it was teeming with rain when I took this photograph from under the shelter of my black umbrella I am surprised at how well it has come out. Not that we were allowed into the Garden, this is taken from outside the gate on the outside of the moat, no more enticing view was visible.