Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Last of the Lycra

This is the very last piece of the special buy lycra I had it is only 56 cm I have just listed it to my Congo Cart at the special price of $10.00 normally I would charge $12.00 to $15.00 for printing a half metre but I had a slight misprint on a tiny turtle in one corner easy to cut around and it is enough to make a top or a child's dress as it is 150cm wide. I am planning to make a bulk order of Stella from Crafty Mama's Shop when I have enough $ saved. It is quite a lot dearer than what I paid for the lycra I had and I was wondering if people would be willing to pay $30 a metre If I dyed and printed it? It is what I would have to charge to make it worth my while.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Screen Printing Heaven

A big thank you to all those lovely Crafty Mamas who have been buying my fabric Not since Uni have I had the glorious excuse to print metre after metre of fabric and indulge my passion for playing with designs and all those beautiful colours For me printing is the most lovely occupational therapy I could indulge myself in I am never so happy than when I am surrounded by pots of colour falling over screens and wiping printing ink in my hair (Yep I'm a messy worker, But I am meticulous on the textile) I just trash my surroundings!

I have just added three more fabrics to my Congo Cart stall In the Crafty Mamas Marketplace. Two more to come tomorrow!

Monday, March 22, 2010

All a bit Fishy

This is the second fabric from my new screens it is a winter weight brushed twill printed with Mandalas and goldfish it is 150cm's wide and is a good weight for winter skirts trousers or even for bags or anything that needs a good sturdy fabric I am stocking this and the turtles in Crafty Mamas Marketplace tonight!

Saturday, March 20, 2010

New designs

I have been making new screens and here is the first fabric I have finished It is 2 generous metres of medium weight twill 100% cotton I have called it Tiny Turtles in the EAC I will post them to my congo shop when I have finished the other fabrics I am printing I have a new goldfish design and some Buddhist prayers to print too. I just love the look of the script in these lovely blessings

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Not your Usual Softie!

Well I have made my softie for the 12 in 12 Challenge at Carolyns My Favourite Blog. She is a doll but not your usual softie doll She is a soft sculpture that is part of my body of work I am doing for my Masters in Visual Art. I have this year to complete and it will be the end of that journey. She has been machine embroidery (free Motion) I used my treadle for this because it is the best free motion machine I have ever used and because the physical activity of treadling seems to breathe a life into the embroidery. I have a blog to document my last days of my journey with the masters and my dolls.

New On Line Store@Congocart!

Pssssst! a new store opened last night! Not only does it sell exclusive hand printed fabric from Rainbows End Studios , but it also includes a wonderful variety of items from other creative talented mamas!
Whiz on over to buy that exclusive piece of clothing or that special one off gift! A wonderful variety of stores are included under the Crafty Mama's banner go and check it out You wont be disappointed!

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Rock and Roll Night

Well Rock and Roll Night at the Boonooroo Bowls Club was great Here is are pics of the outfits I made for my girls Molly in her 50's poodle skirt and Sian in her Hippie Chick Rock gear!

Molly rock and rolling with Trev

I screen printed the fabric for the lower frill on Sian's Bell bottoms, I printed the peace sign on her t-shirt and was lucky enough to pick up the satin vest with the music notes at an op shop She looked totally cool and is still wearing the t-shirt and vest around this morning!

Sunday, March 7, 2010

March Crafty Mamas Challenge

Crafty Mamas had a challenge for March to recreate something from the decade of your birth! YES! I AM THAT OLD! LOL! I decided to make a poodle skirt as the local club is having a Rock and Roll night next weekend I made it for Molly The thought of expanding backside further with all that petticoats was not an attractive vision. I made the skirt with fleecy it was the closest thing I could find as an inexpensive alternative to felt. Felt is what they were usually made of in the 50's. I screen printed on the poodle and used a piece of beaded ribbon so kindly sent to me by Gem in the February stash swap! The belt is made from some black block out it is plastic backed and very sturdy I inserted some eyelets and threaded it with black ribbon. The underskirt is made from a layered white skirt I found in the oppie I just added ruffles of tulle I also found in the oppie I am so glad I have a lovely ruffle foot It came with my Singer 222k Featherweight. However I find it easier to use on my trusty treadle! The collared top so typical of the 50's also came from the oppie! A perfect find ! Because of all the oppie finds the whole thing cost a grand total of $9.00 I just now have to dye a silk bandanna for her to tie around her neck! Sian has ordered a 60's hippie chick outfit so I had better get moving on that now!