Boonah Gallery

Just a snap shot of the opening of our exhibition “The Challenge ”

 

 

Exhibition times. Always rewarding. #ATASDA #BoonahGallery #ScenicRimevents.

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Some works of art from 'The Challenge Exhibition' ATASDA Scenic Rim, Women of the Cloth.

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tis the season ……

Greeting of the season …..  a snap shot of my year

Beach finds

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those little stitches just keep coming #wip #bigbang #recycledlinen

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next wip #slowstitch #naturaldye #paper #cloth #indigo #moon

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silky merino, eucalyptus & the trusty copper #bundledye #naturaldye

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natures love letters

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and here’s to a productive, creative and fun filled 2017 xx

a trip away to summer school

excitedly I booked for a week with Elizabeth Bunsen at Summer School in Ballarat, sadly Elizabeth had to cancel but I am sure we will see her again some time soon.

So now I am going to spend a week with Roxanne Laskey immersing myself in threads of meaning. Just think a whole week no cooking/washing or cleaning….. just stitching !

I have been working on a couple of pieces for the exhibition The Challenge

rebirth the universe

re-purposed linen table runner……. dipped in the ocean….. bundled with leaves ….then filled with white stitches

The other is  Black and White very out of my comfort zone I have built a collage using a technique taught by Cas Holmes

ode to aubrey  it is an ode to my Grandfather Aubrey  and still in need of more stitching to finish this piece off

Women of the Cloth

about a year ago a few of us started a textile group that meets monthly in our geographical region.

We became a group attached to the Queensland Branch of ATASDA

( Australia Textile Art & Surface Design Association )  Officially know as ATASDA Scenic Rim Group ” Women of the Cloth ”

Excitedly we have embarked on our first exhibition early next year ……

a wonderful mothers day was had

The trek out to the Lost World Valley early in the morning on our way to Arts in the Olives Festival is always special and yesterday was a full of joy with the misty valleys, hot air balloons and gifts for me  :)

Ula at 13 is a doer and all my gifts from her were hand made.

My Mother's Day Love on my lap on the way to Arts in the Olives

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she also beavered away at this with the help of her Dad

P1070802We all had a stunning day and it was great to connect with so many lovely people.

smitten by the blues

I have been itching to get “blue”…… indigo blue and at last a simple and affordable introduction to the how to’s. Located in Brisbane at a great workspace aptly named Work-Shop, they have outlets in Melbourne and Sydney too.

“Creative Classes for Curious Minds”

So I got my hands blue and loads of other stuff..thanks to teacher Claudia Husband.

jar magic

I have been stuffing jars with silk thread and tissue silk in the Stuff Steep and Store method albeit with less store than some. I leave them on the balcony rail in the sun where they get visited by one of our cats.

on guard ….. keeping watch over my jars of goodness #solardye #silk #naturaldye

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This afternoon seemed like the right time to open two jars, one was Coreopsis flower with copper pictured third from the left {above}  and the other Montbretia flowers second from the left which are a weed here. Pictured on my new apron that has been made from an opshop (suspect) silk nightshirt, it has two pockets one especially for my trusty secateurs.

joys of purple carrot

While the weather is hot I find it arduous to boil up a big pot. Simplifying things down to jar size has been fun. Purple carrot has become a bit of a star along with Coriopsis flowers.

I have been using up small scraps of material and embroidery thread which is silk and is available on my Etsy Store.

The next few photos show the colour shift and oxidation of the purple carrot from wet to dry then after washing.

 

two more jars filled with goodness #stuffsteepstore #naturaldye #silk #thread #wool

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This is wet and just out of the jar pre boiled and sat outside for not quite a month. I have put one in storage and do plan to leave it for a whole year, silk boxer shorts with eucalyptus and flowers from my Christmas bouquet.

Now to my surprise this is the colour shift a couple of hours latter…..

Then I washed and pressed the pieces cotton, silk velvet, wool jersey that had previously  been bundle dyed and thread silk and wool.

washed, dried and pressed #purplecarrot #naturaldye #silk #wool #cotton #etsy

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