Glue Resist, Museums, Bagley, Dyeing.

Eventually I found this little museum just around the corner from me.  It is a collection of buildings including a replica of one of the first houses built in the area.  The site includes 3 original graves and proof of long ago aboriginal visitation, also some coastal rainforest and a sub-tropical cottage garden.  This museum is run by a volunteer organisation called the Gold Coast and Hinterland Historical Society.  The entire committee was there on the 6th of November  working, and they insisted I sit and have tea!.  They followed me around to make sure I was Ok or maybe to make sure I didn’t steal anything.  They were helpful and very chatty and generally made it difficult for me to draw.  Luckily there were only two other visitors there that day.  It was extremely hot, there were few places to sit and draw and there was very little notation about things.  Consequently I only got a couple of pages drawn and I am not very happy with the results and haven’t submitted them yet.  I did manage to take a few photos.

This is part of a little table mat that was at the museum sitting on one of those twig hall tables.  It is sacking with cotton string and is supposed to be original from the 1860’s.  It does look a bit clean to be original but I thought it was interesting.

I have a new Application on my Mac called Turbo Collage.  It lets me put several photos together and add text.  I find it useful to add groups of things and to show progressions.  This is of a glue resist experiment.  I used Elmers Blue Gel glue as the resist and then soaked it in Soda Ash and painted Procion MX dyes with a brush.  Then I added more doodles with the Sharpie Pen after rinsing and washing.  This is my fern frond which I have shown before in a sketch book in an earlier post.  Really I have been drawing this fern frond since I was a child in New Zealand.

Here is a doodle also dyed using a brush with unthickened Procion dyes.  I have redoodled over some of the piece loosely.  Next time I will try painting with thickened dyes.  I think I like the black and white doodles best.

Since I had some dyes made up and Laura Kemshall had just presented a video on dyeing on DMTV I decided to do some simple pieces using her methods.  These are the results and I am quite pleased with them, they will be useful.  I also dyed some more threads to finish off the quilt from the same TV programme using the 2 metre piece of fabric and the rail fence block.

Finally here is the finished quilt.  There is some machine quilting and quite a lot of hand quilting, all practising my seed stitch – I am still not great at random – The hand quilting caused my hands quite a few problems and eventually I realised that I had used the wrong batting to pull perle cottons through by hand.  Its all a learning curve!

Finally, here is a photo of Bagley in my friends garden.  Her lovely husband had taught him how to dig a hole. In actual fact he is much dirtier than this photo shows.  My friend also has a Westie who is female and nearly one year old.  They had a lovely day together and got into such a mess they were banished to the hot garden!  Bagley was a hot and exhausted puppy after that and spent the next 24 hours sleeping.  He can’t wait to get back to that garden and practise his hole digging!

I went with the Serendipity group to the GoMA (Gallery of Modern Art) to their “Threads” Exhibition.  It was very interesting, there were quilts and textiles from the Asia Pacific region.  All of the quilts and textiles are actually owned by the Queensland Museum, Queensland Gallery or the GoMA.  If you like textiles its well worth a visit.  I took this photo because it was amazingly hand stitched in the English Piecing style using half inch squares! I have another friend who is doing a postage stamp type quilt on one inch papers, it is going to be magnificent.

Finally, my very un-scientific 6 month light-fastness test on the copper dyed fabric is finished.  there was very little fade.  I don’t have a good photo yet and still have some tests to do – sewing etc using the fabric.



Old Quilts, Doodles, Results.

This is a quilt that I started in about 2003 and completed in early 2005.  I may have put it on this blog before and if I have I apologise.  Its the summer quilt for our bed and it’s nearly time to put it on again.  Half of the silk was garnered from decorator fabric samples, some I bought, and some was brought back for me, by my daughter, from Vietnam.  It is a bit faded now and looking a bit older from wear and tear, it has a hard life on our bed, what with dogs and kids and whatnot.  However it still looks good and I love it.  Silk frays and sheds even if you just think about looking at it, and even if you use a walking foot it likes to travel but I still would like to make another silk quilt.

Here are two of the three Sharpie doodles I have done over the last few days.  Both of these are on fabric.  I am addicted to this now and I have done a third doodle on previously soda soaked fabric and I am going to try dye painting with it.  This was our homework for ‘Serendipity’, we got the idea from the book “Sew Wild” by Alisa Burke.  Next I am going to try a text doodle!

Last week we had the pleasure of being shown around a beautiful garden in the very West of Brisbane, the roses were magnificent and there were lots of lovely other flowers which I also took photos of but I just love this one.  The garden was mulched with barley straw and here is a barley ear fully grown so really a weed!  One day I am definitely going to do something with all of my texture photos!

These blocks are rail fence blocks for my ‘Sisters” Tuesday project.  Only three of us are doing the project but we are all very pleased and I hope to show you the results in the next blog.  I put this photo in because it had the weird insect on it.  In the past I would have shooed the insect away, now I quietly get my phone to take a picture and get quite close up.  At the time I was laying out my blocks sorting out the order of things!

Here is one of my last Activities for my City and Guilds course Module 1.  I now have Module 2 which requires that I visit a museum, I need a reasonable sized museum with OLD things that are beyond copyright, also a museum that will allow me to take photos.  For example the V&A or the British Museum in London, or the Auckland Museum.  The Queensland museum in Brisbane would do, but no!  Its closed until January!  What museum closes it’s doors?  What about school visits?  Google gave me a couple of other local museums, a war museum in Mudgeeraba with tanks and arms, yuck, a maritime museum at Southbank, a wax museum in Surfers Paradise.  None of these appeals really but I will try the Maritime and until I do this I can’t move on with the course.  I feel like I live in some sort of cultural wasteland.  This isn’t true, we have an Arts Centre and galleries, playhouses, theatres.

Bagley at Obedience School. The photo is very dark because there was a raging thunder storm going on around us.  We are under a shelter carrying on with the school!  As you can see, he is very good at sitting now.