Tetraspinner instructions…

ARE COMING!!! Meanwhile, today, I have made another one, to check the latest fabrics – I now have panels in not only the original colourway (as seen in the video!)  but 3 others plus black and white outlines for the colourists in our midst. This tetraspinner  below  is a finished size of 8.5″ across (as are all the fabric panels). I have decided not to include individual triangles for printing in the pattern as the fabric prints make life so much easier, much of the construction work is already done, and the time needed to make one up is halved- the more you make of course, the faster you will become. Suffice to say, it’s far easier than having to print and cut out many individual triangles and then sew them all together….. This has been an enormously educational journey for me, learning how to make a large tetraspinner initially was challenging and fun, working it out as I went along. My original large one consisted of all individually traced, painted, embellished and quilted triangles, and was weeks in the making…. My first pattern and instructions were all written, drawn up, and photographed with numerous steps, and pages and pages of printed matter! The patterns all in two sizes… large and smaller…. Once I thought about designing and printing the triangles on to fabric yardage, to save time, it became increasingly more logical to do this whole thing as a panel, sticking with the smaller size only, which keeps the costs down for one thing and to make handling the finished item much easier – making life so much simpler for purchaser.

Hop across to flickr to see a few more photos of the new fabrics I have designed   – four different colourways and a black and white version for those of you who would like to colour it in your favourite colour schemes…. here is a taster or two: how one of the new panels will look made up!

The fabric and instructions with photos and diagrams will soon be available from 2SewTextiles  in our Etsy shop,  just some final tweaking to be done,  the listing to sort out, and a bit of streamlining for purchase of the fabric panels.  Definitely before the end of September. Deadlines are good.

 

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Tetra spinner fever

Loving Illustrator! Designing fabrics! Starting with the basics, moving through a sequence from a simple idea to a more sophisticated end product, learning so much about what can be done …. Developing a pattern and instructions is an interesting journey – I love a challenge!

Purists might prefer to stick with a more traditional method printing to fabric sheets and  piecing the tetraspinner, or painting and embellishing at their leisure, taking time to put it all together for fun;  kids can make them from paper and coloured pencils and card; those short on time might rather enjoy the speed of construction aspect with purchased pre printed panels! So I am offering all three, and two sizes. Overkill you may think, but these are going to make great fete items, gifts for those hard to buy for folk, party icebreaker entertainment, diversional therapy! Not to mention the fun to be had making one, or two, or three….

Fabrics will be available in a small selection of colour ways, once I check swatches! Keep an eye out for them on Spoonflower

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Original hand painted and beaded, cotton printed panel and cotton printed triangles designs, Spoonflower fabric print made up.

 

 

Tetraspinner update

I have been working on this, I promise!  Half a day at the computer and  my tetraspinner pattern and instructions are almost ready for proof reading!!!! (well I did the bulk of it a few weeks ago, before mishaps and unexpected travels and other textile art got in the way!)

Also, yes! the fat quarter panel fabric arrived, and I have finally made it up – super quick to do, one afternoon, just the finishing touches of hand sewing to do… could have done that whilst I was watching a movie this evening but did not give it a thought, I think I am a bit spun out…  the pattern will have instructions for making fabric and card versions in two sizes. The original colourways will be printable, and there are also black and white outlines  to do your own colouring if you so wish.

Today I spent some time working on a black and white fabric design which hopefully will be available for purchase from Spoonflower along with the original colourway design. I need to test out the black and white fabric once it arrives, that will probably take me about a month to complete I should think. After that, the fabrics should be good to go! The pattern might hit the 2SewTextiles shops earlier than that… 2Sew Textiles website

outline morsel
an outline morsel…. fabric print to come! 

Honey Anteater

Don’t you just LOVE the internet? One of my nieces posted a video on her 6 year old niece’s facebook page, which came up in my newsfeed. It was a video of a pet anteater, and it really caught the child’s imagination… announcing she wanted an anteater too… (it’s a very cute video!)  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iZvv2MAu3js )

Two days later I was at the  Brisbane Stitches and Craft Show, and guess what I found? A stall for Funky Friends Factory patterns… http://www.funkyfriendsfactory.com/  And there was a pattern for Artie Anteater…. of course, I had no choice, I had to buy it!  On enquiring of my young great niece,  via social media, (since she lives on the other side of the world) I discovered that anteaters should always be purple and pink. Always.  Here is where the internet really came up with the goods: I found some fabulous fabric “Women digging for Honey Ants” by Audrey Nungarrai for M & S Textiles from Batik Fabric Online: http://batikfabrics.com.au/collections/inspraaussie  (great little online shop at Wamuran in Queensland) The fabric arrived two days after I ordered it!! Fantastic.

the fabric
the fabric

One afternoon of happy creation and here it is!  yet to be renamed by my great niece… but I have to send it to her first!

Artie Anteater - pattern by Funky Friends Factory
Artie Anteater – pattern by Funky Friends Factory

Oh and here is a video of honey ants….   https://youtu.be/jwzzbjYHC3w