Month: March 2009

Dubai Video.

Dubai Video on the Quilt Show. OOh, I almost forgot to give you info on this latest  video.  I get to talk a little fast in the middle of the video, I think it sped up during translation from one format to the other… !!!! I have a longer version that I will use at some other stage….. however, take a look at the quilt show, It's just super…. you can learn so many wonderful things.There are great interviews, free patterns and great stories…Take the plunge…. it's just like having Ricky and Alex in your Home

A day of contrasts.

It's late, and I'm tired…. but I've just been reflecting on the day.The weather was warm, the breeze light and it was one of those days you don't want to end because it was so perfect. Daughter, Rachael and her friend became official "sewers" today as I waked them through the making of a small dress  for their 2 year old daughters. They were really chuffed with the results… so was I…. At about 4.00 pm, the fire siren sounded. It wailed insistently across the valley. As hills residents we realized that there was a fire threat quite close by. Suddenly the peace was shattered as helicopters and planes shuttled water and foam to the site which was just two kms from us….They soared in a direct route over the house, the helicopters used our local football ground as a base and 100's of residents were evacuated to the safety of  open ground. We were not directed to evacuate, but I made a mental note of where all the things were that needed to go …

The lily construction

From the photos in the previous post, I traced the pattern of the lilies I could create the fabric for the lilies in several ways. Use purchased fabric. Dye the fabric with pigment ink. In effect, I would be creating a painted image with dyes. Dye the fabric to match the colors in my photos and then to cut it into applique pieces. I'm using a fine, tight woven cotton, in other words, it has a high thread count.It is quite translucent and accepts the dye readily. In the photo below, I have the illustration on the table, and the white cotton fabric over the top. It's not on a light box, and you can see through it quite clearly.I'd use this method if I decided to "Paint" the lily on the fabric. Of course I would place a piece of clear plastic between the illustration and the cotton. Then i could paint directly on the fabric and the plastic prevents the illustration getting wet. But for this exercise I chose to dye the fabric. …

Portrait border underway 3.

Still working on the border for the portrait….. it's taking a quite long time to illustrate….but then again I'm doing 3 projects at once. This morning I also began working on the lilies that that are going into the quilt. But first, let's talk about the border drapplique. I want it to look like a tile panel.  The inspiration came from a painting, a gift I was given by one of my fabulous students when I was in Mexico last year. Blue and white is everywhere in Mexico, whole buildings are made from tiles…. and this painting exemplifies the idea.   On my Frida border panel I decided to color the bird red…… I don't know if I like it, but I guess it will have to stay…. the other three borders I think will be just blue and white. In the first photo  I am using  a small desk which is in actual fact a 100 year old Australian Oak pulpit….. it's perfect for sitting at and drawing in front of the TV… I …

Portrait border underway 2.

Life has been a little hectic the past week, every minute scheduled…. but, illustrating this panel has been wonderful. It's going to take some time and I have 4 to do….!!! The side panels will be different. and the four corner blocks different again These lines are quite small and I had difficulty in the beginning getting the ink to flow with the larger Tsukineko pen. So for this piece of drapplique I'm creating the entire piece using a .5 blue uni-pin pigment fine line pen. The green is even finer and I'm using a Stabilo point 88 pens.The black shading is done with a   .1 black uni pin pen. I must stress that I'm dying the fabric rather than painting it. Paint sits on the surface of the fabric, the dye is embedded. See the photo on the bottom of the page, you will note that the ink is showing through the back.  

Von Schnitzel Rumpenhumpenshtein – the third”

It's been a busy couple of days with  a two day visit from my Mum, and  it was an opportunity for  the entire family to spend time with her….. Dinner Wednesday night was like a comedy movie, kids playing excitedly with the their favorite toys (the stuffed rats I have in their toy box.) Plastic swords for would be knights and roaring dinosaurs with mouths full of teeth for 5 year old boys…. 2 adult Uncles (single I might add) who enjoy  encouraging loud high spirited games and disturbing the conversation…. then hand the kids back to their eye rolling parents. 6 month old Baby Savannah joined in with her own form of noise…. The conversation of 15 people enjoying themselves…. 3 dogs, 2 cats and a builder in his shorts and dirt covered boots…..!!!! such is one of our "do's" The food was appreciated, and I was reminded of when we were a family of 17, all sitting around the table -  gees how did we do it.!!!!Did you know you need 40/45 potatoes …

Portrait border underway

The illustration I showed you the other day was the pattern illustrated on white paper using a fine (.3) black pigment ink pen. The work is quite detailed as you can see, and I decided that I would just reverse this pattern for the other side… How do I do that….? 1. I scanned the picture and printed it out…… I thought my printer would print in reverse, but it didn't. 2. I took some A3 size (16.5" X 11.5" fr USA ) velum down to the office and printed the illustration onto that. Then by turning the velum over and photocopying onto paper, , I could then get an accurate reverse image…… 3. I joined the two images with invisible tape. 4. I took the images to the light box and taped first illustration to the table, then the pressed fabric over the top of it. 5. I  traced the full image onto UNWASHED fabric…..very carefully,  6. Why unwashed….? the sizing in the fabric assists the ink to move smoothly over the fabric and …