Monday, 22 August 2011

Scarf was not selected

My scarf was not selected for the exhibition with the comment

Not well felted - we can see you have enjoyed the technique, but further exploration needs to come to refine that. Think where the bubbles are going to fall in a scarf. Further colour design required.

Well thats life, I am happy to keep it for myself :)

Sunday, 7 August 2011

Shibori scarf for Exhibition in Hamilton

At our Creative Fibre meeting last Monday the other ladies convinced me to put something in the National Exhibition in Hamilton 8th-11th of September.
Of course deadline for sending the entry form is already tomorrow 8th of August and the parcels have to arrive between 11th and 16th of August. So I was a bit in a rush what to do and decided for an easy shibory style scarf.
I used white polwarth tops and glass marbles and polystyrone balls.

I made this already on Monday/Tuesday but it still needed dyeing.
Well I was away the rest of the week for 2 days workshop and on Friday my usual day in the shop. Yesterday I had just a lazy day with not much doing, just a bit of spinning. But today I finally got the dyeing done

I used the technique Angela Meecham showed us:
I put warm water in a big container, just big enough to fit in the microwave. I added a hint of turquoise and mixed it and added some vinegar. Then I put the dry scarf in. She said it is better not to presoak the things, then it takes the colour better. When the fibre is already wet, it is already 'occupied' and it is much harder for the dye to bond. Then I added gradually different colours to the water by just making a bit space on the edge by pushing the scarf back and then adding the dye. The bubbles were treated last.
I am quite happy how it looks after the setting in the microwave. Now it needs to be fully dried before I will remove the marbles and the polystyrone balls.
Can't wait to see the result!

Saturday, 6 August 2011

Felting Workshop with Angela Meecham

I spent two great days at a Felting Workshop with Angela Meecham in Kamo.
We had to leave Kerikeri very early 7.30am  to be there in time but it was well worth it. We tried out all sorts of fibres and fabrics for surface texture. It is amazing how it behaves some times.  This is a sample I made

I like very much the cotton gauze bottom left, but it was also amazing how the silver fabric in the middle turned out. My favourite is a piece of red organza which crinkled only in one direction, what a surprise! Bottom right is a piece of cheap fabric from the $2 shop, when the sun shines on it, it sparkles wonderful.

And then I tried some of the fabrics again on a white background and that is such a difference

It looses a lot in the white background, which shows, what an advantage black as background gives.

Angela also showed us dyeing in the microwave, especially overdyeing of colours.  I have to use this much more. Sometimes I have a boring coloured yarn or sliver, which I don't like anymore, well overdye it!

On the second day in the afternoon Angela showed us how to make a sculpted hat, that was fun!! Look at Anita, what a stunning hat!

We had two great days, very cold in the morning, but brilliant sunshine so that we could sit outside for lunch in the sun surrounded by the bowling green and flowering trees

The wet samples dried quickly on the concrete in the sun

and in the end of the second afternoon we had such a variety to look at

Thank you Angela for so much inspiration  :)

And here is the link for all the photos  if one of you wants to see more