Saturday, June 29, 2013

More on Two Colours

I wanted to try another design using two colours and the registration process - more artwork for my walls. So here is my next result. The Wheel of Fire of course. The 20cm embroidery hoops are perfect for framing.

This is it in real life (courtesy of Black Diamond Images).

And both now on my wall.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

A Two Colour Screen Print

I haven't done a multi colour print for such a long time - since my tee shirt printing days in fact. So I had to remember the registration process again. Anyway it worked fine and being a small print was a good way to make moves into this area again.

There are two stencils - one for the leaves and one for the flowers - leaves first and then the flowers of the gorgeous bower of beauty Pandorea jasminoides. Can't see any flowering around here at the moment but this is an earlier photo from my blog.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Back to Bag Making

I haven't made any bags for a while and so I am now very low on stock (in fact I have nothing to replenish my recent sales with). I sell all my bags in my retail outlets - not online. Especially the Samford Slab Hut. I find that people like to see, touch and try more expensive items and that's difficult to do online, so mine don't get sold that way - understandably, I'd be the same.

So it's been a bit of a bag blitz over the last week at the PalumaPrint studio, and here are some of the results. I do love the way the satchels have turned out this time. I always find it best to make more than one at a time. It's amazing how one forgets the process after a bit of a time gap.

I've been mucking around with some smaller items for the online shops - little pouches this time.

Great for keeping bits and pieces (lippy, medications, tissues etc) together in a larger handbag, and easier to transfer these essential items from one handbag to another.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Keeping Coffee Hot

It's been raining here for the last few days but as it stopped this morning I thought I would take my morning coffee to the beach - all tucked up in its new coffee cosy. I've been playing around with this pattern for ages and lots of versions have ended in the bin, but I think I have it finally right. The outer fabric is linen (of course) and the inner is denim and it is insulated with two layers of a material called Insul Bright which is heat resistant - so it keeps my coffee hotter longer and well as protecting my hands. And it really works!

And I was rewarded with this view and a turtle popping up for a breath of air.

Monday, June 10, 2013

Another Use for Embroidery Hoops

I've often thought of how I might display my screen prints as wall hangings. Tried the usual way - suspending from dowel rods like this

but from time to time I kept thinking of using embroidery frames or hoops. I recently bought a lovely piece titled The Lorikeet from Studio Bonnie displayed this way - and now hanging on my wall. Such lovely fine detail.

and I thought - I can do that - so I did and here is my first attempt.

There are lots of tutorials on the web which give basic instructions but it's very straightforward. I finished off the edges using the shell tuck stitch on my sewing machine (I don't have an overlocker) and then glued the finished edges to the inside of the frame - all neat and sweet.