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!
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 🙂
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.
I’m not great at keeping up to date with writing posts, however this is something I’m definitely going to work on this year! I have lots of crafty things to share and new projects starting all the time, that I should be able to post at least once every two weeks! I will also be working on my photography skills to take better pictures of my crafts.
The bulldog toys are something I made way before Christmas 2014 as presents for a friend and my brother, however I didn’t give my brother his until I went back to the UK in January. When I saw the pattern for this at a quilt trade show, I knew I just had to get it! My brother and my cousin are always talking about getting a bulldog so knew I could put it to good use!