Category Archives: Assignment 3: Creating shapes and three-dimensional forms

Assignment 3: A Reflective Commentary

It was very enjoyable going through all the exercises with fabrics.  Manipulating fabric is such a wide subject and I feel that, even though I did a lot of work, there is so much more to explore.  I have hardly … Continue reading

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Project 7 – For the love of sugar

Australian sugar production figures have been faithfully recorded each season since 1930 and they make interesting reading.  I have abbreviated my spreadsheet to show the figures for the year at the beginning of each decade but from 2000 I have … Continue reading

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Project 7 – Sugar – just sugar

I walked down the ‘cooking and baking’ aisle in my local supermarket to see how much shelf space was given to sugar, not products including sugar in their ingredients, just sugar itself. There are several brands available but the main … Continue reading

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Project 7 – Theme Book

Sugar Addiction For my theme I have chosen to look at sugar and the love we have of it, in fact the craving we have for it and the increasing amount we consume.  I will be exploring several angles and … Continue reading

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More Gelli Plate Printing

Yesterday I was determined to drag my husband away from his work.  Having our own business is wonderful but the lines between work and home can blur a little and handling some of the admin side of his job spills … Continue reading

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Gel printing workshop

Sydney Craft & Quilt Fair 16/6/2012 Yesterday I had an interesting and stimulating day at our annual craft fair at Sydney Exhibition Centre at Darling Harbour.  Some weeks ago I prebooked a place for myself and a friend in a … Continue reading

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Project 6 – Research Point: Interviewing a craftsperson

Helen MacRitchie I’ve known Helen for several years now and admire her greatly. Having a slightly warped sense of life, and an active imagination, I have often speculated about how our brains work – both seriously and in a more … Continue reading

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Project 6 – Research Point: The diversity of craft-based textiles.

The brief is to consider why craft-based textiles maintain a place in our society. Cogito ergo sum (French: “Je pense donc je suis”, English: “I think, therefore I am”) is a philosophical Latin statement proposed by René Descartes in 1637.  … Continue reading

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Project 6 – Review

How does working with fabric in this way compare to working directly with stitch? I’ve loved trying out the different fabric techniques and in some ways it is similar to working with stitch.  I have found that I can build … Continue reading

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Project 6 – Stage 4 Torn Fabric and Final Sample

Three different colours of Thai silk were torn into strips, laid and stitched in rows.  They were then vertically stitched, flipping each alternate fabric as they were reached. This is my first go at this type of piecing  and next … Continue reading

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Project 6 – Stage 4 Raised Shapes & Quilting

Here I have taken 2 layers of tissue silk over a calico (ground) base. Clockwise from triangle: The triangle is one layer of felt stab stitched to the ground with backstitch around the surface fabric edging.  This has created a … Continue reading

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Project 6 – Stage 4 Gathering and Crumpling Fabric

Here I removed a number of threads in groups to form a grid.  Then I threaded through a double length of eyelash yarn and secured the ends (after pulling up) with knots. The variegated eyelash yarn gives a good effect … Continue reading

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Project 6 – Stage 4 Folding, Pleating, Tucking and Weaving Fabric

I took this two coloured fabric to see what effect I could achieve by folding (or pleating) in reverse directions along the colour change. I then did the same job with another striped fabric.  This particular cotton was fabulous to … Continue reading

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Project 6 – Stage 4 Moulding Fabric

This stage is pretty huge so I’ve cut it into sections and am posting work as I move through the various exercises. Here I used a plastic embossing plate as my mould.  The fabric is an extremely light-weight cotton, hand … Continue reading

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Project 6 – Stage 3

Applied Fabric Techniques Here I am looking at different appliqué and layering techniques. I’m particularly fond of these walls.  The bricks were manufactured by Boral and discontinued around 14 years ago.  When the sun is setting the orange and black … Continue reading

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Project 6 – Stage 2

Developing Ideas – with Fabric Collage I started with a picture I drew a couple of weeks ago and posted in my sketchbook.  Then I  played with it on Photoshop.  I could have done just as much with tracing paper … Continue reading

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Project 6 – Stage 1

Preparation Luckily for me this part is very straight forward.  Sorting, selecting and arranging fabrics ready for a project is something I’ve always done.  Comes from being a neat-freak I suppose.  My threads, fabrics, trims, beads, metals, wires and so … Continue reading

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Project 6 – Research Point 1

My fabric collection: I have a fair amount of furnishing fabrics and have been researching them on-line to see what the various types are made of.  Obviously I didn’t keep an exact record of this when I bought them. Left: … Continue reading

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