Inspired and enthusiastic would be the overall reaction to Kathryn Harmer Fox’s 4 day workshop that some of us were privileged to attend, especially since it was originally unscheduled – but so much gained! I can’t wait each morning to get started – planning, stitching, playing with fabrics and threads…. can’t wait to finish my current project so I can start something new!!! We had a ball! Not everyone brought their work to show, and show & tell was a bit lean this month, but hey! we had EXPERIENCES which tied up a fair bit of time, one way and another…. and somewhat stifled the creative opportunities for several of our members… life can be like that sometimes. Let’s hope the next month will be singularly uneventful – at least as far as unscheduled dramas are concerned….. and we can all get on peacefully with our creative pursuits!
Here are a few highlights of the workshop:
Di cut up her hat and used it for Matthew’s shirt
Matthew – wip
Helen, working on her spectacular red rocks
Brenda’s hermit -wip
Alex’s wild sea
Kathryn gave us all tips at the end of the day
Ryl’s waterfall – wip
Then there was a little bit of show and tell:
Jan did a bit more to her KHF workshop piece
Jan experimented with texture and paint
Ryl has been making up a kit for a picnic bag
The inside of the picnic bag
Ryl’s gorgeous humming bird
Ryl’s beautiful free standing embroidered leaves
Alex getting into some needlework
Donna received a birthday card from the group, made by Alex
Paintbox, jar, pencil and brush roll by Sue
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Good meeting. Everyone working away diligently with a bit of show and tell…. Sue, Brenda and Kim looking forward to their flight to Melbourne on the following day, for the Australasian Quilt Convention (what a fantastic few days! Even if Sue didn’t win the biggie!) We had a delicious morning tea brought by Di, and we missed Alison who was away, but some of the girls worked away at their shibori pieces.
Work in progress
Di brought in two pieces (started in Gloria Loughman’s workshop) for some constructive advice – that’s one of the things that are so great about our group – members are comfortable with asking one another for their opinions and thoughts on items if they’ve reached a road block …. here are the before photos:
Di followed through on some of the advice, and here are the after photos:
The rest of the works in progress:
Jan stitching her shibori
Brenda has gathered her shibori threads
Donna was working on a woven piece started when Kate was still here
Eco dyed background by Alex, who is working on this blue faced honeyeater
Alex’s sketch of her bird
Jill was working on her “Reflections” piece for our Talking Points exhibition
Helen is making a journal cover
Ryl quilting her turtle
Sue was working on some confetti for a small bird piece, no photos, sorry! Didn’t occur to me to take any of my own work!
Donna has finished her piece for the Brisbane challenge, looking great! Can’t wait to see the whole thing constructed and on display later in the year.
The remainder of the show and tell:
Ryl has been painting
Kim recieved her “Yellow” NZ Challenge piece back from overseas
Brenda is into more sunrises
Kim’s undulating pieces…on the left her dynamic directions piece and on the right her one for “Marine Fantasy” entry.
That’s all for another month! We should have great things to show next time, because we are very privileged to be hosting a workshop with Kathryn Harmer Fox!!! Can’t wait!!! Now to get all the jobs done so I can relax and enjoy 4 days of fabric and stitch indulgence next week…. wooohooo!!!
So chilled out this month, have only just gotten around to posting last month’s pics… oops. Too many things to do . Sew little time. It’s been crazy.
So good to welcome Kate back in the fold, if only for a day…..
So without further ado, here are some photos…. A Shibori Demo from Alison
Alison demonstrates her shibori technique
Kate is in this photo!
Close up of the running stitch being executed.
Completed row. All rows are stitched in like manner, then the threads are drawin up prior to dyeing.
Threads were stitched in concentric squares
A circle filled with parallel lines of stitching
Concentric circles stitched with wide spaces between
Finished quilt showing several circle patterns
and a few more showinig how industrious we are!
Kim works on her undulating sea
Helen working on her Brisbane Challenge
Brenda putting finishing touches to her whale
Alex prepares wire for rusting
Di doing Kumihimo braiding
Di close up Kumihimo braiding
Jan was working on a Turtle
Jill starting her shiboro piece.
and yet more…. Show and Tell.
Sunrise Brenda Wood
Sunset sky Brenda Wood
Leaves ALison Charlton
More leaves from Alison
And more from Alison
Turmeric dyed silk by Alex
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This month there was much to talk about including our upcoming exhibitions, more on these later but looks like we have not one, but two, in the offing – late this year, early next year…. we will keep you posted closer to the time, on venues and dates.
We were all working with more or less due diligence, some achieving more than others, depending on how much talking/eating we were doing………
Discussion regarding our workshop was also on the agenda, so we are looking forward to that later in the year.
Meantime, some show and tell photos.
Alex showing off her latest dyed skirt
Jill had some lovely kumihimo braids
A woven book cover by Jill
Brenda made some delightful small gondwana themed pieces
Alison delighted us with her shibori dyeing
More indigo dyeing from Alison
Discharge dyed piece by Helen
Book cover made by Helen for Ryl (Secret Santa present)
A detail of Sue’s Cooloola Flight piece
Pale headed Rosella by Sue
Alex’s birthday Card
Some work in progress and our latest Brisbane Challenge progress
Brisbane Challenge, a few more sections completed
Jan working on her Textile Translations pieces
Jill was tackling yet another Kumihimo braid
Alex is making steady progress with this piece
Donna was working on her Brisbane Challenge piece
Helen likewise was preparing her Brisbane Challenge pattern.
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Tagged art, birthday, designing, Flora, flowers, journals, nature, quilting, quilts, Reddy Arts, stitch, textile art, Work in progress
This should be a great year. We are off to a terrific start, even though our numbers were down, as they are in the summer time. two of the girls were away overseas, and the rest of us relaxed with our various creative bits and pieces, and didn’t think too hard about the year’s upcoming tasks! As there is now no 2017 exhibition, the pressure is off a little for the Collaborative Reddy Arts Project………… aka the Brisbane Group Challenge…. the deadline of Feb has been moved to March…. some of us have NO HOPE of completing by the time the Feb meeting rolls around, and anyway I am going to be away………. so you won’t see mine finished…….. until later…
Here is a progress pano – it’s shaping up very nicely!
Collaborative RA piece
We welcomed a new member, Alison, to the group.
There was some show and tell:
Helen’s journal cover
Jan’s sketch book decorated with her faux leather made in a November workshop
Numerous silk bargains found by Alex
Sue showed a few early art quilts and a previous group challenge
Paua Bay, started in a Caroline Sharkey workshop
There is a video to show the girls at work! Click Here to see it. A few stills as well:
jan working on her Sandgate scene
Helen producing leaves for her Brisbane challenge
Di was busy making fabric beads
Brenda shows the girls her AQC design
and working on it, transferring the design to fabric ready for the next step
these are Alison’s pieces she is preparing for dyeing, and you can also see one of her leaf prints that she is stitching
All very productive.
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We all got together at Di’s place for a wonderful collective lunch… everyone contributed a plate or in the case of Sue, the bon-bons! We all came armed with our Secret Santa gifts, as well. We quickly dispensed with the business of the day, ie the AGM, and it was on to the fun stuff, eating!!! and gift opening!!! As usual, we had a ball.
Photos of the gifts follow….thanks to Brenda for coming to the rescue as I left my camera behind…. doh!! and now, how will I remember who made what for whom? Lets see now…. Donna received a chook quilt from Kim, Sue received a Moreton Bay folder cover from Brenda, along with a hand made notebook, which included hand made paper pages, plus NZ pohutukawa fabric – very spoilt!, Sue made Di a convertible iron carrybag/ironing mat – something she has been longing for for a few years!!! lol. Jill gave someone a cute little embroidered bag….with lovely cords she had made – Brenda received a lovely roomy beach bag from… Jan? Di made a lovely green and red bowl – not sure who the lucky recipient was… Donna made vivid table mats for Jan? I’m not sure about all the rest…. ulp!!Never mind, you all know for whom you made a gift, and from whom you received one …. it was a fun day, we missed you Kate and Kay as usual!
Secret Santa gifts:
Mug rugs or snack mats – these were the goodies that went with the bonbons which also contained some embroidery floss and thread in favoured colours…….
For AGM news, I think see the newsletter, Kim will have it covered….. or Alex will…… not sure who was doing it now…….. perhaps the holidays have done my head in.
Hope you all had a great Christmas and Happy New Year to all!
Next meeting is just a week away…. have fun and see you all then!!
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Tagged Christmas, gifts, handmade, mugrugs, party time, Secret Santa gifts, snack mats, textile art
With a new year looming it was decided a month or two ago that it was time to re-introduce a demo/mini workshop each month to refresh our technique skills or indeed to even learn a few new ones! So Sue kicked this off with a repeat of the May 2011 demo on how to make faux leather from brown paper. We had fun! there were a number of glue solution (Aquadhere 1: 3 water) applications to A4 sized sheets of brown paper of varying thicknesses…. some were coated on both sides,or glued together in the case of the thinner sheets, which were pegged to a portable clothes line to dry in the sun – and other sheets left without the glue application. While the glue sheets were drying, we got stuck in and crumpled and crumpled and crumpled until our hands tired…. then we brought in the now dry glue coated stiffer sheets and crumpled and crumpled and re-crumpled…… the results were looking pretty good. We found that the more we crumpled, the softer the paper became… The glue applications were variable in their success…. generally we obtained a more open texture with these, but some found the paper became quite brittle and tore more easily, in particular the thinner paper. The untreated papers were softer and finer textured, and thick paper plus glue was a little harder work to crumple…. No “in progress” photos of this stage of the process I am sorry to say!
Once the papers were crumpled there was a bit of experimentation with applying colour, so out came a variety of paints, pastels and shiva sticks…. lumiere paint was a good choice, shiva sticks needed more work and a long time to dry, being oil paint sticks, dye na flow and acrylic inks were very liquid and tended to flatten out all the hard earned texture, but this resolved itself as the paper dried. Rub n buff was another application to highlight the higher areas of the texture achieved.
Donna’s faux leather
Ryl is buffing her Shiva stick application
Kim experimenting with sunflower colours
Alelx had a variety of colours
Gorgeous green and gold from Jan
Jill blending her colour into the valleys
I have turned my few pieces into samples for future reference – the plan being to start a reference book of technique samples for the group to refer to in the future, should anyone wish to do so. Can’t wait to see what everyone else is doing with their pieces! Here are some pics of the sample pages I have done, and also a couple of images showing articles made utilising the faux leather .
faux leather border, acrylic paint, ink
Faux leather outer, fabric inner, star box
MOVING ON, we had show and tell of sorts, which was a little sparse but interesting – Ryl had the most to show…
Embroidery by Jill
Alex was sporting a pair of hand dyed shorts
Kim’s latest BGS 6″ challenge
Another of Kim’s BGS pieces – these both practise runs for her Brisbane challenge
Ryl had been busy working with her embroidery machine and had made two table runners. These are more impressive up close…
Detail of Ryl’s table runner
Ryl had also printed on to fabric, a painting she did some time ago but was disappointed with the dull colours of the printout.
After all that there was still our collaborative work, the Brisbane Challenge, to admire and compare notes… we are making steady progress…. Sue and Brenda both left theirs behind accidentally, but they haven’t progressed from last month anyway so no one was too concerned…. next time!
the whole, more or less
So another meeting bites the dust. Everyone was very industrious and lots of chatter ongoing. We all – most of us – brought our Brisbane Challenge work to lay out and some progress has been made… Helen had a few more bits added, as had Donna and Sue – it was fabulous to see how much Di has done, her house is looking fantastic – sorry I forgot to get a photo this month…. will have to wait until November now…. I ran late as per usual, and then had to go home again to fetch my fish….. would leave my head behind if it wasn’t attached, and I am sure everyone wonders if I haven’t done that already….
Jan’s Wm Jolly, Kim’s background, and Helen’s bamboo at left, sky, the path, and her palm trees…
Everyone worked away industriously but somehow I didn’t get photos of everyone’s work this month…. Brenda was working on some brilliant birds, painting a beautiful Cassowary – can’t believe I didn’t get a pic. Kim was working at another “sinchie” for Brenda Gael Smith’s weekly challenge, Alex is on a new tangent making some interesting stitched pieces to eventually be joined together in an eclectic mix, and I was painstakingly unpicking … Helen organised a brilliantly delicious morning tea, great cheeses and cake – yummo! here are the only “work of the day” photos I got.
Ryl was working on some Christmas presents
Jan has done a bit more work on this Sandgate view.
Show and tell: I did a little better in the photo department…. but not fantastically. I didn’t get a photo for example of Di’s daughter Stephanie’s wedding photo album, nor of her glorious silk scarves that she bought for a song at the markets……. the photo album was fantastic and distracted me from paying attention to the next couple of show and tell items, sorry Brenda and Helen I seem to have missed yours…. but Kim had 4 of her six inch weekly BGS challenge pieces there, and Alex’s rusted fabric stitcheries….and Jan had some Spoonflower fabric designed by her daughter, Fiona. Ryl had some scrapbooking buttons she inherited from an elderly Scotsman. Di made a birthday card for Helen, who made a card for me!
Ryl had some scrapbooking buttons she inherited
Alex’s eclectic mix
kim’s BGS weekly challenge pieces
Helen made a birthday card for Sue
Di made a birthday card for Helen
Other news for October was that Brenda won first prize in the Queensland Quilt Show Open Pictorial category with her lovely quilt “Never Enough”. Congratulations Brenda!
Sue won QQ Best of Show with “Cudgera Creek”.
see all the winning quilts here .
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Everyone was on form today! We missed Di who was away with the flu, and three of us had to leave early, so who knows what mischief the rest got up to after that! We had a delicious morning tea, and spread out our Brisbane Challenge pieces, and they are looking excellent! Colours blending well thus far, and I have some photos to show the progress on this … Donna, Helen, Kim, Jill, and Sue all worked on some aspect of their pieces, and the others doing random bits – Jan was working on her second piece for TEXTile Translations, Brenda is into sparrows….and cake, Alex showed me the lovely birds by various textile artists published in the latest Embellish magazine, Ryl was sewing on a binding…..
Ryl and Alex
Helen and Jan confer while Jill looks at the layout
Showing Jill’s night sky, lit up with fireworks, Sue’s shark, Kim’s public buildings
Brenda’s print out
Jan’s William Jolly Bridge, Kim’s colours….
Show and tell was also interesting with Helen showing us an Eco dyed piece, also Alex had some squares of vintage onkaparinga woollen blanketing that she had Eco dyed with leaves; Ryl showed us her nifty quilted tool hideaway tube for taking to workshops, a bag, an early (1999) confetti quilt wall hanging, as well as a lovely landscape she has made of her brother’s property, and destined as a gift for him. Jan had her revamped seagull piece and it is looking wonderful! Already framed by her lovely husband. Sue brought along one of her fabric panel samples she designed for the 2Sew Tetraspinner kits which will be on sale shortly!
Helen’s Eco dye with carrot, beetroot and leaves
Kim’s 100 days project blocks and some palm trees for her challenge piece, plus African embroideries
Alex’s embroidered piece, almost ready for beading… Her Eco dye and parrot
Jill’s challenge piece
Brenda’s sparrow and the cake..
Tetraspinner panels and the beginnings of a flathead
Donna at work and play
And that’s it for now!
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Lovely meeting today, everyone working away diligently much chatter and cameraderie. Helen, Jan and Sue were all working on their Brisbane challenge pieces – Sue just beginning with her Bull Shark, Jan getting her water under the bridge underaway, and Helen worked on her bamboo stand – her palms looking fabulous! Ryl had her piece there, a beautifully tiled sky background aka Gloria Loughman style. It was constructed from mainly her own hand dyed fabrics. Her Wheel is looking great and I think the whole piece will look fabulous!
The Brisbane wheel by Ryl
Sue’s Bull Shark – I really DON’T think it looks like a dolphin!!!
Sneak peek at the fabrics Jan is putting together for her part of the river…
Ryl and Kim were both working on quilts – Ryl’s a butterfly panel for her aunt, and Kim was getting rid of some of her stash… Alex was working on her parrot, and Brenda was putting together a new colour wheel of all her pile of new acrylic inks. that finished she commenced drawing a great little sparrow! No photos of these, sorry folks!
Show and tell – well, take a peek at the photos! Plus Brenda showed off her new MOO business cards, so then Sue had to get some of hers out as well! they are great and cheap to have made up as well.
A nifty little container Ryl bought at last year’s Quilt and Craft Show made from a recycled coke bottle.
Sue has been playing with Illustrator and designing some new fabric panels for her tetraspinner! These will soon be available we hope!
Sue’s Eastern Yellow Robin
Brenda’s Yellow entry – destiined for an exhibit in NZ!
Sneak peek at the fabrics Jan is putting together for her part of the river…
Kim has made up two fabulous quilts in these fabrics
Jan did some demo’s recently in confetti techniques, and these were the samples she used.
Alex has been busy again with the eco dyeing, with these rather yummy silk pieces from various kinds of Eucalyptus leaves. Some gorgeous colours there!
And that’s it for another month. We missed 3 members, Donna, who was away doing a show, Di, who is at the beach in (I daresay) a mad frenzy getting ready for Stephanie’s wedding next weekend! Jill was also away, not quite sure what antics she was up to…. so hopefully it will be a full house next month, so that we can catch up on these three scallywags!
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