ramblings about textile art and anything else relevant or not - Dale Rollerson is a textile artist - writer - teacher and passionate owner of The Thread Studio
Thursday, September 29, 2011
I have been fiddling with my blog so I could add bigger words at the top and have a little more control over things. Last year Jacinta made it three columns but I have never been able to make some of the features work so I decided to change it back to two columns. Tell me what you think of it. I like things to be simple without clutterance and don't want patterned backgrounds to cloud the words and pics. I have been able to create pages at the top for my handson workshop on 12th November (which has a couple of bookings I am thrilled to say) and for my books.
You may be wondering why I have this picture. Someone emailed me today to say that she had heard that kunin felt (made from recycled plastic bottles) did not react properly to being heated with a heat gun. Let me assure you that the kunin felt we sell and which I use all the time, burns away beautifully. I took a piece today and did a heap of free stitching and then zapped half of it to show you. Just had to add some silver gleam over part to give it a real accent.
Back to the slog. I have been to the hairdressers though for refusching for our trip..... Some people have been worrying about the lack of strong colour - yesterday when I was in my Vietnamese supermarket buying my coconut milk and greens, the girl told me my hair had changed colour and she really liked the bright me. Wow - and here I am hoping no-one knows who I am when I am out and about shopping....
At last after roaming around for weeks, our shipment of Moonglow Sprays has arrived. love the new labels and now I can put together the three new trios I am creating. No rest for some.
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
moving onto Wednesday
This is the new fabric I have been on about. I haven't done very much with it other than colour it with Starburst Sprays which it seems to love. Three weights and I have used three colours. It is like Lutradur but not as fibrousy and much more fabric like so heaps of possibilities. I will have it for sale when we get back from London. It also takes acid dyes and transprint inks so heaps of possibilities for colour as well. You can print on the heavier one so the idea of layering appeals. Watch this space.
I am running a hands-on workshop in my studio on 12th November if anyone is interested . Demystifying the Distressables I am calling it. The information is at the top of the blog under workshops.Took me ages to work out how to set that up so do check it out. I am only taking 6 people. Email me for more information if what I have written is not enough.
Must say it is lovely and peaceful without the neighbours next door upstairs and their dog - hope they are not driving their next lot of neighbours nuts.
We are still enjoying the rugby by the way and I will have another giveaway for the last pool game - the ABs and Canada.
Monday, September 26, 2011
a myriad of little jobs done today and goodness knows where the time went. I am waiting for a shipment of Moonglow Sprays which has been held up and also for my flower stitchers - the saga of this delivery. First shipment to to the UK - second shipment is anyone's guess and the third is due tomorrow. Sorry for all the people waiting but we will get them out as soon as they do appear. What did arrive though, was the latest Quilting Arts and I really loved seeing an article on Susan Lenz' fabulous work (and not just because she buys her chiffon scarves from me either...) - we got most of these done and away and the remainder will go tomorrow.
It has rained off and on all day and while I am typing now it is pouring down. Very good for the new kangaroo paws and all the herbs and little vegies we planted yesterday.
Sunday, September 25, 2011
and the winner is
Yesterday we went to Kings Park and bought a heap of kangoroo paws - every year the friends of kings park have a native plant sale - it was very busy up there - probably the best spot in Perth - fabulous plants at this time of the year with he wildflowers out and fantastic views. A must visit if you come to Perth. If you have followed my blog for some time you may recall we had our front garden landscaped but all the paws died. We have sought advise this round so hope they behave and Kazuko kindly waters them all when we are away.
Thanks for all the comments - the All Blacks did indeed have a great win and Ritchie his 100 test game. We popped the names into the basket and out came Anna's so a parcel will be winding its way to you on Monday Anna - hope you enjoy and see you at Ally Pally. I think I have your address but will email you if I haven't. Next giveaway will be for the AB vs Canada game - yes - all you Canadians - you do play rugby......
Don't forget to like us on facebook - I am hoping we might get to 900 before the end of the month - then I can do another big giveaway and if you do visit, checkout the fabulous special on offer until midnight tonight.
Saturday, September 24, 2011
All Blacks vs Les Bleus
Today is a big day for All Black supporters because the ABs play the French and history at the rugby world cup has not always been kind. Ian says I am fussing but I am always nervous. To help me cope until the game is over, I have a giveaway of black and white - mostly threads but a couple of other extras as well. I will draw a name tomorrow night - Sunday. Just leave a comment to be in the draw.
As well as that, do pop over to the facebook page for the superb All Black vs Les Bleus offer which finishes at midnight tomorrow.
In the meantime I am off to further play with the new fabric and get my Creative Brain Edge up - so many days behind but do check out what Shelagh has been up to.
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
the offending cellar
Thanks for the lovely comments and emails - thought I would take a photo while the lid was up and Ian was below. As you can see if you look closely, our cellar has jarrah steps leading down into its depth - indeed an Aladdain's Cave, Dorothy but full of wine, suitcases, 'stuff' and the boys books and toys etc which I have not parted with. I was on my way down to find a few books (mission impossible as it turned out) and very foolishly going down frontwards (Ian says it is my own fault) thinking about task in hand and leaning forward to turn on the light which is up the top and suddenly I slid down to the bottom - if you can see the space between the jarrah pillar and the dark blue (one of our taking to picnic chairs) you will see exactly where I landed - I think I ran my hands down the pillar which is possibly what made them so very sore. If you look to the top of the picture you will see one of our wine racks. Safe from me. This incredible cellar is under our bedroom and is very useful - you can stand up etc. I have recovered although still a little sore in places but nothing broken and still able to hold my wine glass....
Yesterday, we received the remaining Distress Stains which are now available in all the same colours as Distress Inks - you can see them on the website. I am very fond of these and I am using them in conjunction with the moonglow sprays.
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
a bit of rust
In the meantime I really wanted to try the Rust Easy - it is an inkjet fabric which was so easy to use. I printed some of my rusty photographs onto it, left it to dry, ironed it, peeled off the backing paper, rinsed it under the tap and ironed it - no colour ran whatsoever and now I have to decide how I am going to use it. My Okarito journal is nearly complete so won't be long until I can finish everything under that title and then I shall retrieve my Rusty journal. I think there shall be a place in it for these. I might weave one - I do like the look of the woven work.
I have been rather stiff - the other night when Ian was out I slid down the steps of our cellar to the brick floor - I think I was lucky that I didn't actually break anything but my hands were very sore - I must have slid them down the central jarrah pillar on the way down - not sure. For the past two days I have very stiff and sore ankles and muscles so goodness knows what I did - most important I didn't knock into any of the wine - I think I won't bother going down again for a while.....
Sunday, September 18, 2011
good news I reckon
inside were two Golden books - thank you so much - they are going to feature at Ally Pally so if you are coming, look out for them.
In between the rugby I packaged yarns, fibres, machine threads, fabrics and am making steady headway for the London boxes which go on Thursday. I have lots to do still but I also have a variety of creative things to be doing so I shall be up bright and early tomorrow and in fact all week to try to make inroads. I am busting to try the Rust Easy fabric - got as far as organising my photos on my computer but that was it. Tomorrow....
Saturday, September 17, 2011
good rugby win and the prize goes to
Sorry Lexa - silly me put i instead of a but all fixed and yes your threads are on their way to BC. And red shoes - well - always on the cards!!!
Friday, September 16, 2011
rugby world cup week 2 and a new giveaway
Week 2 of the rugby world cup starts today with the All Blacks playing the Cherry Blossoms in Hamilton. Go the Cherry Blossoms - just don't beat the ABs - Kaz tells me she is not turning her mobile on.
I am not going to ask you who is playing, nor the score, nor where they are playing - all you have to do is to leave a message and I will draw a name tomorrow for a parcel of the above goodies.
Thursday, September 15, 2011
spring ra(i)n away
Ian has just told me that the stuff for Ally Pally has to go next Thursday after lunch - that means I have a lot to do - so far I have packed sari fabric scraps and silk loom waste......
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Spring has sprung
And champagne to test the 6 crystal champagne glasses I found today in one of those fossick shops - they match the crystal we have from Ian's mum and dad so Grant and Bruce - some more crystal to add to your heirloom family stuff to fight about one day..... These are all the fashion again now and are actually great to drink champagne out of. I went looking for the flutes as we only have 4 and we saw 4 there one day but they had gone.
Our lovely new door mat which is surely spring inspired and goes with our leadlight door and an inspiration for the new theme I am working towards thinking about.
My herbs are coming along nicely and this year we will see how we go with tomatoes once again. The lime and lemon trees are full of flowers and seemingly fruit but they may not linger - fingers crossed.
If you pop over to The Thread Studio facebook page and like us or comment or better still, share us on your page or a friend's page, we will be at 800 before you know it and I do have a giveaway of a big bag of fabulous sari scraps.
Monday, September 12, 2011
Just a couple of pages from my Okarito/Stonehaven journal which is nearly finished after a year. Time to move on to something new and quite different but still a way to go. I am rather determined to fill it totally and to finish my stitchy book which needs binding together etc.
One of my US suppliers has very generously sent my shipment to UK - I am not impressed.....
We have been enjoying the rugby - Japan was magnificent, Wales got done in and the Brits look like they forgot their real shirts and had to buy cheap tape for the numbers which seem to peel off easily. Nothing further until Wednesday!
Friday, September 09, 2011
rugby world cup - at last it has begun
Thursday, September 08, 2011
rugby world cup and a giveaway
All you have to do is to leave a message telling me which two teams kick off first - and I will draw a name out of the hat - it will cost you postage though.
some more mysteriouso of the lake from the jetty - magical.
Wednesday, September 07, 2011
stones and stuff
We have finally sent out the newsletter - just a wee tad late and apart from the few people who can't open theirs - for some reason the link vanishes for some people - I have managed not to stuff it up this time.
Monday, September 05, 2011
drowning in parcels
Other exciting goodies which appeared were 35 new Stylish Stencils - I haven't had time to fossick inside for some for me yet. Plus rust treated fabric for inkjet printing - something rather new - shall have to test hat too. I also have samples of another new fabric I need to find time to play with - maybe cut out sleeping for a day or two. And I know a few people are waiting - the blooms have arrived to make the Linda Bloomies - just hang in there and everything will be on the web pretty soon. As well as that Jacinta sent a huge bag of wondrous fibres - always a delight to open a bag of beautiful dyeing.
For my holey moleys - we will be ready tomorrow - I need to go off and get the mushrooms right now.
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