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Trying out my new stamps

I recently had a lovely long weekend in Hobart, Tasmania and came across this lovely little shop called Caravan – in the window were some beautiful wooden elephant and camel stamps and I knew that I just had to buy one!

After spending a good while exploring all that the shop had to offer, I finally decided on 4 new stamps:


My favourite is the fish… then the baby elephant. I couldn’t wait to get home and test them on some fabric!

I finally got round to using the stamps, along with some others I had stashed, and am very happy with how they turned out.

I used 4 different colours on a sponge roller to create the different colours on the stamps – the fabric pieces are great samples and can’t wait to get them printed on projects and gifts for people!

Dye Day with Lisa Walton

I attended Lisa Walton’s Dye day class back in September and created some lovely pieces, as well as learning some great techniques – I am now addicted to dyeing fabric! I have put together a little video of the pieces I made:

We learnt about the primary and secondary colours and how to prepare your fabric, dye it and then wash and fix the dye. I would recommend going to the dye day of you want to learn the basics on how to start dying your own fabric.

I have finished a quilt top made mainly of the fabric from this workshop – I can’t wait to get it finished!

Indigo and Shibori Workshop with Lisa Walton

The Indigo and Shibori Workshop with Lisa Walton was great fun – we used all sorts of items to create different patterns on fabric. We used a range of items such as:

  • Pebbles
  • Lolly Sticks
  • Clamps
  • Rubber Bands

When the fabric is dipped into the indigo vat and removed, the fabric will look green – before your eyes, it transforms into the beautiful indigo colour. The fabric used is 100% Cotton.

Have a look at the video below to see the pieces I made – I was even able create a sample block using what I had made and now have the mandala piece handing above my bed.

You can see Lisa’s video of the day here on YouTube where unfold the fabric after it has been dyed.

Surface Design Workshop with Lisa Walton

It’s taken me a while to get the pictures sorted but back in May I had a great time at the surface design workshop with Lisa Walton (Dyed & Gone to Heaven) over a weekend and learnt some great techniques on how to design my own fabric. We used a range of techniques to pattern the fabric which I have also tried at home. Head over to Lisa’s website if you want to find out about these surface design techniques.

I’ve put together a gallery of the pieces that I left with at the end of the workshop as well as some pieces I made at home:

I have now started to create a reference book with the techniques I learnt from this course and the other courses I have attended (now 3 of Lisa’s courses) – over time this will be a great source of creative ideas for me 🙂

Surface Design Techniques

You can find out about the courses Lisa runs by heading over to her website and/or Facebook page.

I have had a go at home using similar techniques – they were a good test of what I had learnt. One thing that is important is how the fabric is dried – unfortunately the sun went in just as I put these out so they would have turned out more vibrant.
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Tula Pink Quilt

Tula Pink is one of my favourite fabric designers and I have a bit (a lot) of her fabric.

It’s taken me a while but I have finally completed my very first Tula Pink quilt (and second ever quilt)! I backed the quilt with warm fleecy fabric and then free motion quilted it all together.

Tula Pink Quilt

It was lots of fun coming up with the top quilt design and glad it is finally finished! It’s a quilt just to use on the sofa when it gets a bit chilly at home in the evenings.

If you’ve not heard of Tula Pink, I would definitely go and check her out! I’m now working on a mini quilt with aeroplanes made from Tula’s fabric – watch out for the finished piece:

Tula Pink Fly with me