Dispersal dyes & a tidy studio

Above: some samples with dispersal dyes on poly satin. Before I teach or demonstrate I always like to re-visit the technique, while at the same time, test my dyes are still OK. I really like these quick pieces and will develop them further – maybe a large piece coming up! I had to take some […]

This week …

2 new covered journals – the top one is a collage of various hand printed cotton fabric pieces with a heat transfer printed ribbon and the flower motif is a digitised design which I’ve extended by using scrunched and frayed fabrics.Below: polyester satin fabric – heat transfer dyed & stitched. The centre panel is a […]

Maggie Grey’s Workshop

I had a great time at Maggie’s workshop on Tuesday. She’s an excellent and generous teacher, sharing many of her techniques. It was great to meet her and see some of her work from the books. (I think I have most of them!)Thanks Doreen for sending me the photo above. From the left: me, Jo-Anne, […]


The Head & Shoulders exhibition has finished so here are 4 of my bags from it. I sold some & the gallery is keeping the rest.The fabrics are all my own, hand dyed, printed and embroidered. Some are cloqued and a lot of them are heat transfer dyed. Next Friday and Saturday I’ll be at […]

More with papers

Another piece of silk paper from the W/S. It was manipulated while wet with a satay stick to make holes, then when dry I pushed some hot pink nylon fabric through the holes & stitched around them. Detail below. While I was in paper mode, I made some with paper towels which had been used […]

Exhibition preview

Just a peak at some of my bags for the Head & Shoulders exhibition which opens at The Old Bakery on 8th Gallery on Sunday. It’s all about hats, wraps and scarves and shoulder bags. I’ve concentrated on bags this time – just about finished. Love making the fabric and designing the bags but I […]

Dispersal dyeing samples

These are the results from heat transferring some of my painted papers from the previous post onto fabrics. Above & below: papers are cut up and layered onto satin fabric, a good way to build up a larger, more complex surface. Above: all techniques used on wet dye painted papers which were then allowed to […]

Fabric RR

Linda D’s fabric above, (detail below) arrived last week but I’m still deciding what I’ll do for layer 4. Linda clamp dyed it twice with Procions, Donna added handwriting with soy wax then painted light green procion over the waxed areas and Susan PM silkscreened the gold design with textile paint. I’m considering adding some […]

Latest things

Block PrintThis a the test print from a printing block I cut from a plastic eraser. Very easy to cut and nice to print with. I’ll use the blue fabric in my TIF challenge piece. Fabrics made from scraps This fabric was made by stitching down scraps of various light coloured polyester fabrics onto a […]