Last night, at the Albert Hall in Canberra, the Embroiderers’ Guild ACT annual exhibition was opened by Dr Brendan Nelson Director of the Australian War Memorial and former Defence Minister.
This year I was excited as I was invited to exhibit my band sampler. At nearly 100 feet long it ran down the centre of the hall. We used a serpentine fold that ran the length of a series of tables to display it. For readers who have not encountered my band sampler before you can read about it here.
What are the poppies doing all over the place? Well they tie into the exhibition theme . The Creative Challenge this year was: Stitching Love and Hope. Inspired by silk postcards from World War One, the exhibit ties in with the WW1 commemoration. The challenge was to re-interpret a Silk postcard. Embroidered silk postcards, known among collectors as simply Silks were popular from 1900 to 1920. The peak of production was during WW1 when it’s estimated that around 10 million were produced. Servicemen serving on the Western Front purchased these cards in Paris on their way through to the trenches. Many were posted home to Australia. You can read more about them on the Embroiderers’ Guild ACT website here.
The 2014 Annual Exhibition will be held from 19 to 21 September at the Albert Hall, Yarralumla, Canberra, Australia Capital Territory open from 10am to 4pm.
I have recently encountered Hand Made Postcards using silk habotai by Debbie Babin.
This article caught my eye as the technique is slightly different. The card is quilted first then dyed.
I went on to explore the site. Debbie Babin is a Mixed media textile artist. Do venture further than her tutorials I am sure you will enjoy the eyecandy in her galleries.
Gina of Patra’s Place is a fellow Aussie blogger who is asking people to stitch a post card for a bush fire victim. You can read about it in the Fabric Postcards Group on Stitching Fingers.
There are a number of people and groups doing crafty things to raise funds for bushfire and flood victims, while other people are making items to give to those who have lost everything, as a little gift just to say ‘Hello, I’m thinking of you”. Some Embroidery Guilds around Australia are collecting items such as scissors, needles, etc. to donate to fire victims. Would anyone in this group be interested in doing an FPC as a gift for another craft lover who is having a bad time of it at the moment? I believe there are people making quilts, but I don’t want to get that big – my idea is just a simple ‘minute in time’ item that a fellow stitcher could keep as a reminder that they are being thought of.
This is a great idea as after a fire like this the first clean up is hard but often people are helping and everyone is in shock. At the start you sort of function on automatic. I speak from experience as we live in the area in Canberra that was hit by fires a few years back.
It is about 6 months down the track the you need the emotional lift. By then part of the clean up has started but not much has been re-built and you are still living in the mess. Every day you see the devastation and are reminded of it. It can grind you down. It is then that you really feel at a loss as it feels very much like a long haul and people have forgotten. Projects like this really help. They are a little psychological lift when you need it.
If you think you might like to make a fabric postcard Gina is running this project out of the Fabric Postcards Group on Stitching Fingers.
Candida thoughtfully sent me this link to the Fashion Color Report for Fall 2008 – Check out the colours they look great
Arlee of Albedo has new tutorial on her site on making fabric ATCs and postcards Arlee style. This tutorial is described as emailable and printer friendly.
After my review of MistyFuse Dale at The Thread Studio sent me a sample of Gossamer Fuse which is a strong yet light weight web like fusable. It is an environmentally responsible product manufactured in Europe under strict green conditions. Dale also tells me that Gossamar fuse is packaged in Perth by Westcare which provides employment for disabled people.
Gossamar Fuse can can bond two fabric together and be used on all fabrics from a fine chiffon to heavy velvet. For me the key aspects of products like this is that the fabric still handles well after bonding. As a hand embroiderer I do not like any stiffness to result because of using a fusable.
When you place fabric bonded MistyFuse and fabric bonded with Gossamar Fuse side by side you can just feel the difference between the two. I tested both products on a fine silk using the same fabric and Gossamar fuse is ever so slightly firmer in the hand. Although this is of key importance to hand embroiderers like myself if you are a machine embroiderer I really think you would have trouble telling the difference but as a hand embroiderer I could feel the difference.
I thought you might like to see the fabric postcard I worked as my ‘test piece’. As you can see I once again put the product through its paces using a number of different thread types and stitches and it stood up very well! If you are interested in Gossamar fuse contact Dale at The Thread Studio
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