Life Amongst the Lilies – textile workshop with Sue Duffy

What a great 3 days. What a great bunch of women! Fantastic workers, having fun creating with their sewing machines. We had a fabulous time, and it was full on. No time to tarry!

The morning teas were exceptional, wow! If you ever have the good fortune to have Brenda Wood as your convenor, you are in for an absolute treat! With her at the organisational helm, this workshop was a breeze and needs met. I believe everyone learned something new, including the tutor!

There was the first day, learning how to lay down a background and getting in some free motion practise, which was needful for some of the beginners in the group who did a fantastic job. Day two was focused on learning how to paint the wee birds and waterlily flowers with inktense or watercolour pencils, and then some thread sketching using stabiliser and embroidery hoops to build and enhance. A bit of applique thrown in, more thread sketching and then this was followed on day three with trapunto by machine, how to make little snowflake flowers and stitch the lilypads, and finally sorting out the layout and composition of the piece.

It was an absolute pleasure to teach such friendly and generous women, who readily shared bits of fabrics and threads when needed, who paid attention and then took what they saw in the demos back to their machines and got on with their stitching. A great group indeed.

Here are a few photos from the three days, with the almost completed work…. lots of happy faces!  it will be great to see some finished projects down the track.

Continuing the composition class

So I made this into a small quilt – A4 size: started out with the watercolour pencils, and then scanned my drawing and printed it on to an overhead transparency. Using matt medium on the fabric, I then monoprinted it . Once it was dry, I was able to sandwich and stitch it……. and here is the result:

Singaporean textlie shop: an exercise in a composition class with Carol Beckx, I photo transferred it using an OHT of my drawing and matt medium on fabric; then quilted it.
Singaporean textlie shop: an exercise in a composition class with Carol Beckx, I photo transferred it using an OHT of my drawing and matt medium on fabric; then quilted it.