Feeling (Not So) Neutral

My main sewing machine is taking a well-earned break with the technician. Rather than digging out the back up machine(s), I decided to take this opportunity to prepare for some forthcoming projects. My stash is running low on neutrals, especially lighter values so I booked the Laundry King’s workshop for some dyeing time:When I saw… Read More →

Autumn Dyeing Days

I am not sure what made me happier.  Coming home to a tidy studio, all ready for me to start sewing.  Or coming home to the Laundry King’s workshop, cleared of builder’s debris and available for me to have a proper dyeing session for the first time in a year or so.  With this unseasonably… Read More →

Feeling Green

I am trying to get a hand stitching project together to take on my holiday travels.  Usually, I dye Pimatex cloth.  It takes the colour beautifully but the thread count is too dense for comfortable hand stitching.  Instead, I am experimenting with some Bella Moda PFD.  You can never have too many greens.

Featured in Art Quilting Studio Summer 2013

Some of my karamatsu, circle stitched resist shibori work is featured in the magazine Art Quilting Studio Summer 2013 that goes on sale on 1 June. My contributor copy is still making its way across the Pacific, I can’t wait to see the other articles inside! Detailed tutorials for various shibori techniques are available on… Read More →

Sunshine & Shibori

I have an idea for the Art Quilt Australia  exhibition opportunity (see call for entry details below).  My idea involves stitched resist karamatsu shibori.  You can download my Karamatsu–Japanese Larch Stitch Resist Tutorial from my Tutorials page. In 2013 Art Quilt Australia will be a curated exhibition of innovative, new contemporary art quilts to celebrate… Read More →

Wrapped & Bound Shibori: Down Under Textiles

Issue No 9 of Down Under Textiles magazine goes on sale on 23 January. Inside, amongst other good things, you will find my how-to article about wrapped and bound Shibori resists and a selection of images from Beneath the Southern Sky including textile works by Suzanne Gummow, Christine Dowell, Julie Haddrick, Sandra Champion, Monica Johnstone,… Read More →

Pile of Blues

OK, I think I have enough blues and sea foam greens to get started! And here are some swatches from the latest dyeing session. The pales blues in the second to last row are “Dark Blue MX2R” but the dye powder is almost 10 years old and have obviously lost their oomph…

More Blues

I am working on an ocean-inspired piece. Although I have a good set of blues in my stash, I decided I needed more variation in value. I can’t wait for these new blues to batch:

End of the Rainbow

Today is my last appearance as guest artist at the Craft and Sewing Show. Leave a comment letting me know your favourite colour and your name will go into a draw to win a selection if hand dyed fabrics. DRAW CLOSED

Melbourne Craft & Sewing Show Day 2

Here are some of the results from the dyeing session in the Serendipity studio at the Melbourne Craft & Sewing Show yesterday. There are just two days left in my guest artist assignment. Come along and say hello! If that is not possible, I invite you to leave a comment telling me your favourite colour… Read More →