Tuesday, November 27, 2007

'Nother lined silk scarf

The two sides of another silk georgette scarf. The grey/red silk was resist painted with setacolour, actually it is more grey/pink, but there are spots of red so I have chosen to continue calling it red. I just resist dyed the grey reverse side of the scarf. Used Procion MX turned into an acid environment for the resist dyeing, I have a lot of dyes too old to use successfully on cotton, but they work beautifully on silk.

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Resist dyed silk

This is the resist dyed silk georgette I did yesterday to make a reversible scarf. I am pleased with the complexity of the dyeing, which may not show up too much on these pictures. Now for the tricky bit of sewing the pieces together! I definitely like silk georgette for scarves and for dyeing, it takes the dye much better than habutoi.

Friday, November 23, 2007

Resist dyeing

I have been overdyeing a resist dyed silk scarf this morning, not long got it in from the sunshine where it has been curing, and from minor disaster it has turned into a success. I'll have to take a photo. I also dyed two linings for the scarves I have done, and they are so nice they will make the scarves double sided. I resist painted one scarf with Setacolor, and although I am not totally pleased with it, it is not bad, but the paint did not work in quite the same way as dye. I have not dyed silk georgette before, it behaves differently from habutoi, but makes a much nicer and firmer scarf.

Striped beanie

I read about the Fibonacci sequence for working stripes, and of course, had to play with this system. The idea is that stripes worked to this system gives a harmonic pattern as can be found in nature. Not sure about the beanie being harmonic, but I had fun making it and only hope it will cheer some child up who is languishing in hospital. Actually, I don't mean languish, that is not the right word at all.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Round Robins

I have joined with 5 other ladies on my crazy patchwork list to do a Japanese Round Robin. This is my work on the first round of blocks. I have done some tatted cherry blossom (and other work) some silk ribbon chrysanthemums and a silk ribbon and beaded fan, as well as decorating some seam lines. This is going to be a fun thing I can see.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Denim Tote

Denim Tote
Originally uploaded by Maureen1
Finished today. This tote is Version 3, I really like this pattern, as you may have guessed. I had a scrap of fabric left over from a skirt I made so will be smart toting round a matching bag.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Hand and Lock 2007 Embroidery Prize

I thought I'd share this with you, was sent this email a couple of days ago and have been browsing these pages. Wonderful work!

'Last week on radio national was a feature on the Hand & Lock 2007 Embroidery Prize which is at the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney until 2nd Dec. Hand & Lock are a London company specialising in embroidery since 1767

Here are links to relevant webpages http://www.hand-embroidery.co.uk/comp2007/index.htm & http://www.powerhousemuseum.com/exhibitions/embroidering_the_future.asp

Make yourselves a cuppa as there are 262 photos of finalists work!! Beautiful, beautiful work...
A page with links to the finalists work is here http://www.hand-embroidery.co.uk/comp2007/2ndStage/index.html

Saturday, November 10, 2007


I have been on a workshop today with Pam Annesley. We have been making paper fabric, yes, I know I already do this, but it was nice to meet up with my textile artist friends and exchange news and views. I have to finish off painting my paper stuff, then will look around for some nice journals to cover so I have some Christmas presents to hand.

Thursday, November 08, 2007

Monster Sock Puppets

Monster Sock Puppets
Originally uploaded by Maureen1
I haven't been idle whilst I've been quiet. I've been making Christmas decorations as well as knitting these monster sock puppets for sick children in hospital. I reckon these will scare them into getting better!
So cute I just have to make some for my grandsons.

Monday, November 05, 2007

Christmas decorations

I found a pattern for Christmas decorations embellished with tatting. Full of enthusiasm I dashed out and bought a whole box of pretty iridescent tree balls to cover with tatting. This is how far I have got. I have to tat enough to go all round the ball, then circles to put on top of the ball and on the bottom, then lace the whole thing together. I think my grand dream of giving these as small gifties is fading, it has taken me too long to get even this far, I think I am about halfway around one Christmas ball!