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Dye Day with Lisa Walton

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!

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Indigo and Shibori Workshop with Lisa Walton

Indigo and Shibori Workshop

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.

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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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Making Felt Flowers

Felt Flowers Lamp Shade

It’s been a while since I last posted, but I thought it was about time to change all of that! I have been busy being crafty and baking over the last few months so thought it would be nice to get it documented.
Make Felt FlowersAny time I have scraps of felt, I try and make as many ‘circle’ shapes I can to make felt flowers to then be sewn on to lots of different things! It’s a great way to use up any bits of felt that ‘s lying around and it very effective! This simple but effective technique was learnt on a course back in 2014 with Wendy Williams who has a great book that shows off a range of ways to use felt on quilts and cushions.

Make Felt Flowers

Using different colours to build the flowers up, I then use thread that stands out to sew them all together. So far they’ve been used to decorate a lampshade for my bedroom, a quilt block and a cushion or two.

Felt Flowers Lamp ShadeFelt Flowers Quilt Block

Have any scraps of felt lying around? Have a go at making your own felt flowers by cutting out circle shapes in varying sizes (they don’t need to be perfect as they look more flower like) and using different coloured felt to sew them together, build up the flower layers to create a range of different flowers. They can also make great broaches or key rings.