Month: December 2012

Talking Textiles.

  I found this wonderful book today and the designs took my breath away.   Sometimes, just out of the blue, you connect to something you come across. I found this book this morning as I was passing the book store on the way to the chemist. On opening it, my heart skipped a beat and I had to take it home with me. How wonderful to be privy to the creative genius of sisters Sarah Collier and Susan Campbell who worked alongside each other for 50 years. I adore their patterns, the painterly and sketched effect of their fabric and of course the colors. There are not many fabric designers who draw the patterns for their own fabric line. Some designers are presented with patterns from companies and color them in their own style, others rely on artists to draw the final designs from the named designers sketches. Its often the name that captures your attention So these designers are refreshing, and exciting, they   Sarah Campbell – image source Talking Textiles Now I …

John Glover

English: Signature of American Revolutionary War general John Glover (Photo credit: Wikipedia) At 13 I was able to go to the city on my own on the bus. I remember vividly the first time I saw this painting at the Adelaide Art Gallery. The House and Garden by John Glover. Glover is best known now for his paintings of the Tasmanian landscape. He gave a fresh treatment to the effects of the Australian sunlight on the native bushland by depicting it bright and clear, a definite departure from the darker "English country garden" paradigm. As children we drew houses with gardens and I think this picture tapped into my juvenile fantasies of the perfect house and garden. As an adult I bought a large print of the painting from the South Australian Art Gallery and over the years as we travel to Launceston we have sought to find this illusive house. I found John Glovers statue, he lived in this part of Tasmania for some time… and the image of this house was painted just …

My little piece of history.

Its highly likely this piece of crazy quilt I found at the farmers market this morning is English. The guy I bought it from tells me it was part of a quilt… but as you can see its just a top… I think he may have cut it up to sell. Anyway, I have a small sample of some ladies work from the 1800's. Related articles Featuring a quilt.

Its where I was born.

I'm in Launceston Tasmania right now. Its where I was born and where I lived until I was 10 years old. I don't know, but for the past 50+ years I've lived in South Australia and yet I still think of Launceston as my 'home' Flying in, one gets the feeling of belonging. The vista below is of patchwork fields, and as I look down, I am reminded that a long history of distant relatives were influential in this state. In fact in this very city of Launceston itself. I know that the tiny wooden house where my Grandmother Millicent was born its still up there  situated at the base of a huge mountain and their water supply was a swiftly flowing mountain stream just meters from the front door. It would be beautiful in this weather but in the cold of winter….my goodness. Settled by Europeans in March 1806, Launceston is one of Australia's oldest cities and is home to many historic buildings. Like many Australian places, it was named after a town in …

Thread painting.

After getting everything back in order I had time to have a small snooze, eat lots of prawns, watch TV, wash the table linen and do a little quilting. Keith thought it would be a good day to entertain…. but I sort of declined the suggestion !!!! I've begun work on the new thread painted piece. Its quite difficult and is going to be a challenging piece to work on… I have my doubts as to whether I can  complete it. The small piece shown is about 3 hours work so far. I enjoy doing it but do I have the time? The challenging thing is that the image I printed on fabric isn't really clear. I have to redraw the detail… well at least outline it with pencil. You can see in the image above, I've outlined the sheep, the castle and the tree. That gives me a point to quilt up to. I'm testing a variety of threads… already I have dismissed one thread… a tri-lobal poly… it splits too much to work …

Back to my fabric stuff.

Goodness, the blog has been a bit slow over the past week. Preparations for Christmas have been paramount and I find that I'm behind with the work I love. My fabric stuff. But putting it all in perspective… Christmas day was wonderful. There is nothing more special than spending the day with family and friends in the communion of food and friendship. Some of our troops These little people weren't even born last Christmas The day ended with frolics in the pool. Then small people, were just too tired to finish the day.

Its worth bottling.

Its Christmas Eve, and we've just had a wonderful impromptu meal with friends. Today I took my little point and shoot to document the time I spent with my sisters and I guess most of you do the same. Free of constraints we just indulged ourselves with delightful things to see and do. We told stories and laughed a lot. We made up what we didn't know and the stories become tales of woe. We played ladies in the dress shop. They gave us chocolates and champagne. We pretended we were in Morocco. And visited at least 10 fabulous shops in Norwood and Magill. The food was delicious. And extremely healthy. Lots of caffeine and a little chocolate. I had fun with the camera. I'm rather partial to a little graffiti. And even old stuff. And grotty stuff. Its so interesting. Love the texture. This is a great table if you spill your coffee…. it drips right onto your leg. A fabulous day had by all….. its worth bottling.  

The Hands

These are some of  the hands I drew ready for applique yesterday.The hands are larger According to the status of the image. For instance the largest hand depicted in this illustration is the hand of King Edward as he received a contrite Harold who has just returned from France. Harold approaches his sovereign in an attitude of self abasement its unknown whether out of shame over what happened in Normandy or out of merely conventional deference is far from clear.  (LM) The depiction of Harold with hunched stance and open hands is very dramatic and leaves the viewer  under the impression he is of lower standing.

Solving problems

The build up to that special day has been rather busy so I've had limited time to work on the blog. I've been babysitting little Ollie, our 4 month old today and he sat up on the desk, watched everything I did and just laughed at my efforts in the shed. I told him all about the Bayeux and showed him the picture I was working on…..he just waved his arms and squealed Just preparing the thread painting base for quilting and I'm anxious to begin. I will be testing 100 weight superior silk threads, and 50 weight cotton. Can I combine them? I don't know. I had these darn big gaps in the image so I tried to be inventive and fill them in, will it work? I don't know. I cut up strips from the left over photos and put them in…. I think it will make it easier to work over  rather  than having to over those brown strips. The pattern doesn't match but I think I can cover the image better. …

keeping it fresh.

Being able to continue with the momentum on the Bayeux is really important. 2 months ago I had prepared work  to finish when I returned home. I finished that yesterday and then began new drawings…The work I finished off was a little confusing to me because I had to keep referring to my drawings and photos of the original image.However, the drawings I did yesterday and the subsequent applique today flowed well.I still have the image imprinted in my mind…When I work on the applique and decide on colors  it stays in my mind, I find myself thinking about it during the day even when I’m not working on it…. Its just an easier place to be.