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Christmas Meeting – December 14th

December is of course our Christmas party. Come along and celebrate another successful contemporary year…

Remember to bring a plate of food to share and a small handmade Christmas decoration (wrapped up) for a gift exchange. Please don’t feel pressurized into having to make something – if you don’t contribute a gift, you simply won’t be able to receive one!

Apart from the normal show and tell, the WAQA challenge ‘Curiosity Quilts’ will be displayed and there will be short demonstrations on ‘wrapping’ ideas by the CQG convenor team

We will be planning the programme for 2019 in the next few weeks, so please bring along any suggestions for what you would like included next year.

Happy Christmas from the convenors!

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November Meeting with Martien van Zuilen

Our November meeting saw the return to CQG of felt maker, Martien van Zuilen, who gave a great introduction into the colourful world of Nuno felting

Nuno felting is a fabric felting technique developed by Polly Stirling, a fiber artist from New South Wales, Australia, around 1992. The name is derived from the Japanese word “nuno” meaning cloth. The technique bonds loose fibres, usually wool, into a sheer fabric such as silk gauze, creating a lightweight felt.

After the demonstration we were able to get our hands on Martien’s gorgeous wool supplies and have a go at making our own pieces.

Also on the programme was a short introduction to Microwave Dyeing by Phil, who has been dabbling in shibori folding and stitching and using ‘Rit’ dye to imitate indigo dyeing. More on this simple technique next year…

November 9th Meeting

The November meeting will be another good day. Phil Thomas has been experimenting with shibori and microwave dyeing, she’ll give us a short presentation on her results. This may be a taster for further exploration by all of us next year.

Our main talk/demo and activity will be on nuno felting. Martien van Zuilen will talk about how sheer fabric and fibres can be used to produce wonderful light-weight, textured pieces. Then we all get to have a go!

Martien/CQG will supply all the fabric, fibres and felting equipment but materials that participants are asked to bring are:
• medium size towel
• plastic container (volume-size about 2 litre content; an old ice-cream container or similar is ideal)
• sharp, fine pointed scissors
• general fabric scissors
• optional: any threads, woollen yarns, and or scraps of cheesecloth, sheer open weave silk fabrics, etc.

Martien will also be setting up shop with her gorgeous wool fibres, silk fabrics etc. for sale.
See you on 9 November, please bring Show and Tell, particularly your pieces from Judy Campbell’s activity (unfinished is fine…)

October Meeting – Part 2 ‘Honouring the Odd Bits’

The activity this month was led by Judy Campbell and involved playing with a huge pile of shared fabric.

But first Judy showed some of her ‘waggas’ – quilts made from just about any sort of recycled fabric such as wool blankets and old clothes, plus some of her other wool coverlets and quilts

After lunch there was a scramble to select pieces of fabric to use in our own contemporary style wagga. Fortunately Judy was on hand to guide us in our choices and help with the placement and stitching.

Thanks to Judy for her infinite fabric wisdom and for making the day so creative and fun…

 

October Meeting – part 1 ‘Monarchs of Fabric Repurposing’

This month we looked at fabric, colour and stitching, all from different perspectives.

In our ‘Shorts’ segment, Lesley Clugston talked about two of her quilting ‘monarchs’ – Victoria Findlay Wolfe, who takes a different approach to traditional patterns  and Luke Haynes, who is definitely an outside-of-the-box quilter. Lesley took classes with both these teachers in New Zealand recently

From Victoria’s workshop

 

From Luke’s workshop

Follow the links to find out more about these inspirational teachers…

Victoria Findlay Wolfe

Luke Haynes

‘Show and Tell’ was varied as always and included quilts shown at The Royal Show (congratulations to the winners!)

October Meeting – Friday 12th

For our next meeting Lesley Clugston will be speaking about ‘Monarchs of Fabric Repurposing’ following her trip to New Zealand earlier this year. Sounds intriguing!

We are also excited to have Judy Campbell as our invited textile artist this month. She will oversee the activity titled ‘Honouring the Odd Bits’ and will be bringing along some of her quilts made from unusual scraps and recycled fabrics. She will guide us through selecting fabrics and stitching our own unique piece using those ‘Odd Bits’.

Bring:

  • An A3 sized (approx.) piece of fabric for a background This can be any type of fabric, maybe something you love but have never known what to do with
  • 1 grey supermarket plastic bag full of Scraps/small pieces of fabric that you are prepared to share with the group – can be any type, new or recycled. The idea is that all the fabric will be thrown in a heap and our fabric choices will be made from this shared pile (yes, I know we don’t have those grey bags anymore but you get the size idea…)
  • Needle, interesting threads, scissors in case we get on to doing some actual stitching!

Warrick Finn will be here again. Bring any scissors and knives you would like sharpening (Warrick also sharpens pinking shears…)

Finally, we remind members to bring along anything they have worked on recently and anything you may have entered in the Perth Royal Show.

September Meeting 2 – It’s All About Crayons…

Our Activity this month focused on crayons and how they can be incorporated into our art quilts.

Jan Rowe got us started showing the crayons she uses in her work, and as always came with a host of examples, tips and tricks. She also brought a selection of Crayola Transfer Fabric Crayons, that are used on fabric with a polyester content, to share in the afternoon.

Phil (in absentia) had prepared notes and samples on crayons she experimented with – her firm favourite being ordinary kid’s wax crayons… for Phil’s and Jan’s notes go to the ‘How To’s page

 

After lunch we had a go at rubbing crayons onto fabric, either from plates provided or by finding interesting textures around the building.

We look forward to seeing results next month!

September Meeting 1 – ‘Shorts’

As usual we packed a lot into our September meeting. For our ‘shorts’ this month, Helen O’Hara demonstrated monoprinting techniques that can be used in conjunction with the screen-printed fabric that members worked on last month.

Helen’s website has more on this at https://thehoardersartroom.blogspot.com 

Cherry Johnston gave a snapshot of beautiful Korean Bojagi work…

Bojagi is a traditional Korean wrapping cloth that is typically square and can be made from a variety of materials, silk being the most common. They have many uses, including, as gift wrapping, in weddings and in Buddhist rites. More recently, they have been recognized as a traditional art form, often featured in museums and inspiring modern reinterpretations.

Bojagi – whip stitching
Bojagi running stitching

Thanks to Helen and Cherry… we are always grateful to our members who put their hands up to share their knowledge and experiences with others

September Meeting

For our next meeting on the 14th September we have two interesting ‘shorts’ by Helen O’Hara and Cherry Johnston. Helen will be demonstrating mono-printing techniques that can be used in conjunction with our screen-printed fabric and Cherry will talk about Korean Bojagi work.
Ross’s CQG samples gave us the idea for this month’s activity – textile rubbing. Jan Rowe and Phil will first share their crayoning experiences, looking at the many different types of crayons and paint sticks that can be used on fabric, before the search is on for interesting rubbings… prepare yourself for an afternoon treasure hunt!

Rubbing samples by Ross Ellis

CQG will provide crayons, rubbing plates and masking tape*
Members need to bring some pre-washed fabric. The colour of fabric will depend on your choice of crayons – if using the CQG provided crayons, bring white or light-coloured fabrics, not black or dark. If bringing your own fabric crayons or Shiva sticks, all colours should work. For the rubbings to show, avoid heavily patterned fabrics.
*Feel free to bring any paint sticks, crayons, textured surfaces and rubbing plates for your own use.

Also, New member Iris Finn’s husband, Warrick is a knife and scissor sharpening specialist. He will be giving a short talk about the services he offers this month.
Bring any scissors and knives you would like sharpening to our September meeting. He can also straighten out the bent tips of scissors which will be great for Phil’s Kia scissors that were dropped onto a concrete floor from a great height…

Finally, Liz Arnold will be bringing along her stash of fat 1/4’s to sell at reasonable prices, so bring some spare cash for that too…