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Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Stream Three: Fiber Journal Cover

Hello Everyone!!!!!
So what's on the agenda this week?  Well something a little different from what we have been doing before. In fact as this week  we will be working on a piece that I want to do myself and one that I think you would enjoy making yourself. As I work through this piece if there is anything that you require explaining with regards to materials or the techniques I will stop and explain these questions in more detail along the way.

There are so many projects and techniques that I have seen or read about in the abundance of magazines available on fibre arts and textiles over the years  that it left me somewhat procrastinating over which project I would like to do first. After much deliberation I have decided that for this week's stream we will  make an embellished journal cover. This piece will involve using your sewing machine so prior to starting on the actual project I will do a brief introduction explaining the sewing machine. this will only be to discuss what the basic parts are and what we will be using with regard to needles, feet, threads and other related items.

 Material List

handmade paper or similar in different colour tones
wax crayons
baking paper
sewing machine and needles
a selection of different  threads ( polyester, metallic, rayon)
gold paint and acrylic paints
pointed tools such as an awl or the end of a pencil et cetera
coloured inks
iron and ironing board
paint brushes
iron on interfacing ( 1/2 yard)
iron on interfacing ( the type that has paper on one side)
soldering iron and a heat resistant mat

For Embellishment

assorted yarns and threads
embroidery threads
gold stamp pad
beads and sequence
rubber stamps
water soluble stabiliser
embroidery hoop
assorted sheer fabrics

Well I think that about covers the items that you will be requiring to follow along with this project. Hope to see you will be.

Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Stream Two

Well hello everyone. This week has gone by so fast. I have been flat out making plans to go to Sydney to pick up my daughter and my 5 grandchildren to bring them back to South Australia. I have been madly looking for a house for her and the children to rent but so far no luck. I have had a couple of doctors appointments just for regular checkups and prescriptions filling.
I have not forgotten about the notes from the last class and they will be up in the next couple of days. I decided to train my dragon and use it for notes to save my wrists.
This week we will be discussing fabric stamping and free machine embroidery. So now is the time to get out those sewing machines and blow the dust off them. Make sure you have some nice new universal needles and threads. For the fabric some organza, cotton weave, silk etc will be fine. If you do not have these fabrics you could work on canvas or paper as well to follow along.
What I thought we would do is as we work along we can make a technique book out of all the samples that we will produce. Also remember to keep a sketch book for experimental unfinished pieces and a box where you can put pieces that are too small, not finished, you are not happy with them type stuff. Later down the track we will be using this box of things to make a new work of art.
Okay so on with what you will need this week to follow along.

Week 2: Materials

PVA Glue (this is the white glue you get from hardware stores)
Acrylic Paints
Stamping objects - bubble wrap, rubber stamps, onion bags, cookie cutters, foil, sponges, hand carved stamps etc
Foam brushes
Palete knife
Modelling paste
Freezer Paper
Surfaces - Cotton Weave (muslin, broadcloth etc), Silk, Organza (or other sheer fabric), Paper, Canvas etc
The above stamping and surface items are examples only. Use your imagination for stamping objects and do not be scared to grab any other types of fabric to play with.

Of course you can still follow along with no items and gather them at a later date if you just want to come along and watch and have a chat.
So until Thursday 11am (AEST)I will say goodbye and hope to see you all at my Spreecast channel Made with Mojo