Quilt Marking Pen or Tape?
Some people spend a lot of time on every aspect of their quilt - from choosing the design , to fabric choices and of course how to quilt it. A lot of time and effort goes into even the smallest creation so it's no wonder many find it difficult to finish their masterpiece. I tend to be less fussy, mainly because the quilt often directs ME in how it wants to be finished - whether it's the style of quilt or just the amount of time I have in order to complete it. Many different reasons will ... Continue Reading
Burying thread tails in quilts
Burying threads in quilts is a nice and neat way to finish your top (and all that hard work) and get rid of any 'loose ends' (pardon the pun)! Until recently, I never realized I buried my threads in my quilts differently when I hand-quilted to when I machine-quilted! Crazy I know! On a machine, I used to reinforce my stitches at the beginning and at the end by stitching forwards and backwards, then forwards again. This was to secure the ends so the stitches wouldn't unravel - ever! Then ... Continue Reading
When I was child in school, Mother's Day was an occasion when we were all allowed to let loose in the art room to create something special for our mums! As I grew much older, I realised my own children also had this same licence! I have to say there have been some years which were either a 'hit or miss' but overall I did appreciate the efforts made! To this day, I still cherish the handmade items made with much love! And that's what it's all about! That special something that may have been ... Continue Reading
Blind Letterpress Print
One of the joys of printing is the final reveal when separating the lino from what you've printed on. Whilst I love the immediacy and spontaneity of relief printing with my lino block on fabric, I do also enjoy the more technical and deliberate planning required in printmaking on paper. Letterpress printing is a technique of relief printing using a printing press, so when I use a press, it's vital to make sure the pressure of the roller is even and so I'll usually do a test or proof ... Continue Reading
Binding a quilt
This is when you can see the 'Light at the end of the tunnel'! The quilt is done and I'm now on the home stretch! It's time to bind that baby! There are many ways to complete your quilt - my preferred method is to machine the binding on and then turn it over and hand stitch to finish. Depending on the quilt, depends whether I hand stitch on the front or on the back - it's a personal preference sometimes dictated by the quilt top. Whether using binding you prepared earlier or a bought one ... Continue Reading
Upcycled Studio Aprons
Aprons (aka pinafores or affectionately as 'pinnies') are one of the most practical items in my studio! Not only does it protect my clothing but if it has pockets...well! there's no end to all the handy bits they can hold! I also like to pin threaded needles or safety pins to the top when I need one at hand during intense stitching sessions or even to identify me when I wear a name badge! But for all it's practical purposes I love to wear mine because they can say a lot about me! Until ... Continue Reading
Upcycling old sheets!
For a fabric hoarder, material is material is material! I have saved scraps left over from projects because I just couldn't bear to part with them - even though I'd used most of the fabric and was enjoying it, the thought of not having any more once it was worn out is quite 'hellish' for me sometimes! Call it irrational, crazy or any other number of illogical adjectives but it almost breaks my heart to throw some pieces out! Emotions aside though, it actually does make sense (up to a point) ... Continue Reading
Lettering on Lino!
I love the versatility of lino printing - reasonably easy to do; doesn't require a whole lot of fancy tools or equipment and I can whip something up pretty quickly! Whether it's a last minute gift (which I'd spent months thinking about but didn't action until the night before!) or a genuinely spur of the moment idea for something fun! Cards are a great way to experiment and gift. It really is the thought that counts! So... when I'm dreaming up my next lino print a little thought does go a ... Continue Reading
Acknowledgement Of Country
I acknowledge the Traditional Owners of country throughout Australia and recognise their continuing connection to land, waters and culture. I pay my respects to their Elders past, present and emerging. Like many who live in this Lucky Country I am not a First Nations descendant. I'm very grateful to live here with my family and want to celebrate all that is good about Australia with everyone. I attended the wonderful Balit Narrun - Share the Spirit Festival in the Treasury Gardens this ... Continue Reading
It's great to have a place for everything and everything in its place! Although not always the case in reality, life really is so much easier when your work space is organised! Recently some more space became available in my studio and so I knew I no longer had any more excuses! I can now breathe a sigh of relief as my dream of having enough cupboard space becomes reality and all my boxes which had started to overflow and pile up again are now sorted in some semblance of order and all my ... Continue Reading