Papermaking update

I made a selection of papers but didn’t have time to use all my pulp up. So I will shortly be venturing out to get more newspaper for pressing further papermaking efforts with. I tried various things: mixing colours by overlaying two half sheets together and then pressing (far right), pouring different pulps over my…

Papermaking at the ready

Guess what I was doing at 6.50 this morning. You guessed it:Blending paper pulp! Tonight we are making paper in class – not sure how this is going to go as I made paper once before and its was a little bit delicate to be used for what we are intending to do with tonight’s…

Devoré samples

I have done a little dyeing since my last entry. I have dyed the screen printed sample from that entry for a mini-project bag, which I am currently applying seed beads to – expect to see the finished article next year some time. The colour combination shown is black viscose dye with a red silk…

A little bit of screen printing

I have wanted to do some screen printing for years. I bought a kit, I bought a book, but I did nothing because I was too scared. Why scared? well I thought I wouldn’t get nice results without doing it the the traditional way with photo emulsion and all that paraphernalia. In a recent college…

You get what you pay for

I treated myself to a top notch mounting system (at a top notch price too). I already had a rule and cutter but it was rubbish, it originally cost me 1/4 of the price of my new kit, so I guess in this instance you get what you pay for. This came in handy for…

Even more happiness

I made these! I made my husband clear space in the garage. I made my husband fit my lasting peg to his bench. I made my husband clear out of the garage. I made myself get in there and get started. I made my husband go elsewhere to create dust, instead of using the bench…

Metal threadwork sampling for shoes

Design and sampling for metal thread piece I am exploring the possibilities, with a lot of samples. I am working towards my finished metal threadwork piece. I don’t expect to have the finished shoes by next Thursday’s start of term but at least 2 uppers with a reasonable amount of stitching would convince my teacher…

Velvet Samples

Velvet Samples The range of velvet samples I created – larger photos can be seen on my flickr account. I enjoyed doing these – I love velvet and I got to use a wide range of materials, paints and pastes From top, left to right: 1. Bleach Sample 6, 2. Bleach Sample 5, 3. Bleach…

Last of the metal thread work

This is the first mini project I completed before the velvet one I showed the other day. These are more my kind of colours, I am using this as a jumping point for my first metal thread piece, so I based this on this design. The silk backing fabric is silk dupion dyed with Quick…

Raised work velvet bag

Today’s bag is a “mini-project” sample for raised work techniques. I have already outlined the design steps in a previous post and this is the result. For the background we were encouraged to use velvet and I chose a piece I space dyed in our recent dye workshop. Though it was tempting to do this…

Melting moments

One of the last metal thread samples that I got done on Friday. Three layers of synthetic fabric with free machine embroidery in metallic thread. I made sure that my metallic thread was truly metallic, some are just polyester and nylon. I used a tulip motif which I repeated and when I had covered a…