Monday, 24 September 2007
Sunday, 23 September 2007
Friday, 21 September 2007
Botanical drawing keeps cropping up and I feel the need to follow it up. Classes, Durer, practice, all need consideration.I did manage to find the energy tonight, while the two big boys are at football and the littlest is watching/playing his gameboy.
I'm quite pleased with them. I need to cover the back and add a hook. I haven't worked out the price yet, and it will be a test to see what the reaction is.
Thursday, 20 September 2007
Wednesday, 19 September 2007
1. Machine knit fabric in the selected colours: tan rayon, hand-dyed wool and a commercial yarn.
2. Machine knit copper wire and yarn together.
These are the first two layers, which I staple gunned to the canvas frame. I then found some handspun that matched and I've wrapped it around. I still need another element which I'll work on tonight. I think I need to return to the original inspiration of the violin.
I'm up to denting but have discovered I put the whole beater on backwards. Change it around tomorrow. I am falling in love with this loom as it has been a breeze to warp on my own. Nylon wire is forgiving, however, I feel certain I can continue successfully warping on my own.
Heaps of washing to sort out. Still tired from all that driving in the last two days.
Tuesday, 18 September 2007
Monday, 17 September 2007
However, I did manage to seal my three small canvases with Gesso, the stuff that painters use for their much larger canvases. I'll paint them black after this is dry. I decided that I'd better dry them properly, after my last effort and hung them outside my workshop door to dry.
I then managed to wind the warp for the next series of Woven Memories. This will be wider and longer and woven on my new loom! All very exciting. I found the nylon wire at a wholesale store that was clearing out all it's leftovers from decades back.
It's lasting forever, but I will be sad when it finally comes to the end, as it must. Fishing wire will
Sunday, 16 September 2007
Saturday, 15 September 2007
Friday, 14 September 2007
Friday afternoon was better, as I spend time with Carol at Shacara Beaded Jeweller (http://www.shacarabeadedjewellery.com.au/) learning new techniques. This is a very adhoc arrangement, which works quite well, as I learn how to work wire whilst making presents for my nieces and young friends. The bracelet created today, is herringbone wrapped and was quite simple.
I'm hoping to apply it to a sculpture I'm going to be working on using yarn and rocks!
Carol has a beautiful shop above my local woolshop: Woolybutt, (http://www.woolybutt.com.au/) where Lorraine and Carol provided a consultation session about my 'Hangable Art', which I had taken along to show Carol. More work to be done creating a wide and new range, I really need to warp up my loom.
Thursday, 13 September 2007
What I've done is, I think, knitted lace. I'm really happy with my sampling process. The black is the first sample and it probably was a bit too tall. Any way too much black.
So I thought I'd try with a wool that I'd dyed a reddy brown. It was purposely uneven which also suited this purpose.
It might have turned out a bit wide, and, I'm definitely going to have to block it to look really good.
Figuring out how to keep those loops in the right place was hard as I haven't done a lot of charting. Remembering to keep the loop in the same place means having to knit two together next to it working on two stitches that become a loop and a stitch.
I think that makes sense.
Tuesday, 11 September 2007
So far, I am happy with that and have attached it to the canvas with my newly purchased staple gun. I love tools!
My next part to this is to knit a lace with that beautiful curve. It's taken me ages, but I think I've got it about right. I will try and finish that tomorrow.
Monday, 10 September 2007
Sunday, 9 September 2007
After today, I'm not so sure of my grand plans. I didn't sell a thing. First time ever. For those of you who are thinking 'so what'. This is just my second market, the first one closed after only about a year and a half. This one is new and it is only the second market. The first being a great success. So I'm quite a newbee at this and don't really appreciate this little setback.
Further information is that I'm also on the steering committee and am committed till February. It has been a sunny day and it is the footy final season. I've got lots of scarves. We'll see. October is the next one.
I need to think about what I might like to have that is not dependent on cold weather. More decorative hangings, cooler type scarves, I'll be searching for answers over the next two weeks before we head off for holidays.
If you're reading this and you're local, come along and have a look. Small, quality and interesting.
Saturday, 8 September 2007
Friday, 7 September 2007
The product is called Paverpol (website in Australia:
What does it do? Apparently it enables fabric sculptures to be rain, wind and sun proof, thereby allowing you to create outdoor sculptures.