Colour can be fickle

After a brief sojourn up at the Downlands Art Exhibition in Toowoomba recently, I have at last re-hung my Threads of Survival Tetratych: so happy to have it back on the wall. But, Beware!


Originally, I painted the sky background with a dye paint product developed for fabrics, which I would have expected to be stable. It was perfect for getting the right shade of blue and for graduating the sky intensity…. SADLY, it has proven not to be colourfast, and has faded badly in the three years since I made it, and it no longer reflects the intensity of the Australian summer skies. Very disappointing, and  if this fades further which I expect it will do, I am now faced with the dilemma of whether I can save it….. given that I have a lot of areas between the tree branches and leaves to recolour….  Something for the back burner, perhaps.

It is a lesson learned….  I won’t be using that particular product on anything I want to last….

To see how it was in November 2015 click here

Thread Sketching

Here is a sequence of photos of an exercise in thread sketching – a simple applique design which I then  thread sketched to bring it to life.

For those ladies who attended my workshop at the Pine Rivers Art Gallery, a ten minute video “Introduction to Thread Sketching” is now available for viewing – see it here on You Tube:

The frog and pelican patterns will soon be listed  for instant download purchase through our  Etsy shop 2Sew Textiles.

Nature’s Threads Exhibition: Reddy Arts Textile Group

Nature's Threads DL

It’s on! Our 2015 group exhibition opening night Friday 24th April, 6.00 pm for 6.30 pm. at the Pine Rivers Art Gallery in Strathpine, Queensland. Our guest Speaker is Kay Haerland, renowned Textile Artist and fellow member of RATG. There is some wonderful and varied work on display. The exhibition runs from now until 30th May. We would love to see you there! Those of you who have seen some of my earlier posts of construction of “the tree” will be able to see the finished work, “Threads of Survival” …

here is a wee teaser:

Threads of Survival teaser

hope to see you sometime at the Gallery!

Exhibitors: Jill Burgess, Kim Boland, Donna Davis, Sue Duffy, Di Flint, Helen Forrest, Kay Haerland, Jeannie Henry, Jan Hutchison, Alex Stogdale, Kate Watson, and Brenda Wood. 

Pine Rivers Art Gallery
199 Gympie Road, Strathpine.
Entry and parking via Mecklem Street.
Please RSVP for the opening night: PH 3480 6941 during gallery hours
Gallery Hours: Monday to Saturday 10am – 4pm

Closed ANZAC Day, 25 April