Wednesday, 20 May 2020

It helps to read the small print - view my teaching videos indefinitely.

Printed and painted Bondaweb, ironed onto black cotton and decorated with torn skeleton leaves, gilding flake and herringbone stitch.

It always helps to read the small print in a contract!!! I have been continuing to pay the monthly subscription to Ruzuku so that students who are currently on workshops can get their work finished before I stop teaching online on May 27th. Since inquiring about deleting my subscription to Ruzuku, I have discovered that the students currently on workshops, and any that enrol before midnight on Tuesday 26th May, can view the workshops and videos INDEFINITELY. So if you were put off enrolling on a workshop because you thought the workshops wouldn't be available after the end of May, we were both wrong.

So - here are the links again - 30% off as there are no more inspiration books to send out. Only use these links to enrol. The links on the website are full price.
To find out more about the workshops have a look here - http://kimthittichai.com/Teaching/Online/Workshops/workshops.html

Then come back to the blog and use the links below to enrol for the 30% discount.

The best value workshops are Hot Textiles and The Journey. They are great bundles of workshops.


The Journey – through to making printing blocks.

I created the Journey design exercise as a formula to help my students develop their own designs. It is very important to use your own designs, it’s what makes your work stand out from the rest. 
Usual price £170

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Hot Textiles
On the Surface, Manipulating with Heat and Transforming Transfer and another special additional video on working with plastics. The workshop On the Surface, is exclusive to this course. Please look at the individual course pages for more detail on the workshops. 
Usual price £170

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Transforming Transfers
Explore the possibilities of transfer paints and crayons, creating startling colours on synthetics and more subtle effects on naturals. We will try resists, overprinting, layering and various ways of applying paint and crayons. Build a portfolio of delicious samples on an amazing array of fabrics.
Usual price £185

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Faux Chenille
Creating newspaper faux chenille is a very satisfying process. Layering up old newspapers, maps and books gives a wonderful distressed paint look. Because you need a firm background to stitch onto to stop the work falling apart as you stitch, you can then make fabulous vessels and boxes with your finished work.
This is a short course equivalent to 2-3 hours
Usual price £40

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A New Starting Point
Discover and develop the redemptive qualities of old newspapers, maps, music and books.
Create fascinating surfaces on which to print and stitch. Using painted Bondaweb/Vliesofix and all manner of sparkle, we will explore the possibilities of layering textures, ending up with exciting surfaces which can be further embellished with print and stitch.

https://app.ruzuku.com/courses/28742/enroll?coupon_code=last 
Usual price £85

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Manipulating with Heat
This workshop is equivalent to what you would achieve on a fast paced  one day workshop with Kim, with a little more added... We will be working with Tyvek, organza, cellophane and food packaging. Learning  simple techniques using heat tools to create wonderful decorative surfaces and 3D objects. 
Usual price £85



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So - if you fancy playing along with me - now would be the time to enrol. 
This will be the last chance. 
And you can view the workshops and videos - indefinitely!!

If you have any questions, then email me - info@kimthittichai.com


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Saturday, 28 March 2020

Happy New Year!!

 Block print flooded with a colour wash by Janet who is on The Journey workshop.

Happy New Year!!!  Yes - I know its the end of March!! It's been a while.
Most of you will know the feeling, when you are undecided - you do nothing!!
Sometimes inspiration or a direction presents itself - sometimes you just have to wait . . . 

I have been getting used to living in a remote area. It has been over 3 years now. Mostly it is wonderful, just occasionally when we are in the middle of a big storm, I lie in bed wondering if the roof is going to come off and question did I do the right thing? The resounding reply is always - Yes! 
Any of you who follow me on social media will know how much I love living on the edge of the world. The West Coast of County Clare, and particularly Loop Head, has an 'other worldliness' about it. It is hard to explain, but hopefully is comes through when I post on Instagram and Facebook. This is the website for our little piece of wonderful. www.loophead.ie


One of the local beaches on a rather grey day. 
But there is always a beautiful light.

I find I am drawn more towards nature than working in textiles for the moment. Being surrounded completely by the most beautiful, ever changing views, I can feel a shift in what interests me. I am becoming more interested in photographing my surroundings, the light in particular. I feel no need to try to interpret these images in textiles or stitch . . at the moment. That will change when I just HAVE to hold some fabric and stitch onto it. Another month or so and I expect I will be stitching again. But for now now I am watching and gathering.

 
 One of Janet's sections of her Journey.

One of things I have decided, is to finish my online teaching at the end of May. 
I have had several messages and emails over the last couple of weeks asking if I am still teaching online. For another 2 months - Yes! 
I know a lot of you are working at home and might need a bit of light entertainment during this unprecedented time. And believe me - my videos are entertaining . . .

If you would like to enrol for a course you will still have 2 months to complete your samples and maybe even create a finished piece of work. . . And these links are a 30% discount code. You can work on your own - or join in with me and any others in your class. I am home, and waiting to hear from you.

 The positive and negative printing blocks for the above design.

 
 Trying out different ways of printing with the blocks, Playing with repeats and
rotating.

So - here are the links and descriptions of the classes. Some are longer than other, but 2 months is PLENTY of time to complete them. All the classes are described here - http://www.kimthittichai.com/Teaching/Online/Workshops/workshops.html  
BUT ONLY ENROL THROUGH THE LINKS ON THIS BLOG POST!
Underneath the image and description.

 
Creating Original Designs, Including The Journey, and Design to Print is now avialble to buy as one course. The course has 12 videos, each at least 10 minutes long, some longer.

The Journey

Usual price £170


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A New Starting Point
Usual price £85

 Discover and develop the redemptive qualities of old newspapers, maps, music and books.
Create fascinating surfaces on which to print and stitch. Using painted Bondaweb/Vliesofix and all manner of sparkle, we will explore the possibilities of layering textures, ending up with exciting surfaces which can be further embellished with print and  stitch.
If ironed onto a firm interfacing these gorgeous pieces of work can be used to make boxes, vessels and brooches.


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Manipulating wth heat
Usual price £85 
 
This workshop is equivalent to what you would achieve on a fast paced  one day workshop with Kim, with a little more added... We will be working with Tyvek, organza, cellophane and food packaging. Learning  simple techniques using heat tools to create wonderful decorative surfaces and 3D objects.
Through videos and demonstrations Kim will lead you through the techniques you need. We will cover the safe use of heat tools and how to texture the products with heat.

We will also cover making beads and bowls from products you can find all around you.

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Transforming Transfer
Usual price £85

Explore the possibilities of transfer paints and crayons, creating startling colours on synthetics and more subtle effects on naturals. We will try resists, overprinting, layering and various ways of applying paint and crayons. Build a portfolio of delicious samples on an amazing array of fabrics.


Your printed samples will be exciting backgrounds to stitch into.


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Newspaper Faux Chenille

Usual price -£40

 

Creating newspaper faux chenille is a very satisfying process. Layering up old newspapers, maps and books gives a wonderful distressed paint look. Because you need a firm background to stitch onto to stop the work falling apart as you stitch, you can then make fabulous vessels and boxes with your finished work.

This is a short course equivalent to 2-3 hours.

 

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Hot Textiles 
Usual price £170

On the Surface, Manipulating with Heat and Transforming Transfer and another special additional video on working with plastics. The workshop On the Surface, is exclusive to this course. Please look at the individual course pages for more detail on the workshops.


The course is priced to give you a 10% discount on the price of all 3 workshops.

 

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Do email me with any questions - info@kimthittichai.com

 Pops and Fizz are doing well.
Pops is still tolerating Fizz, but hopefully in time.

 
Stay in, be creative and stay safe.

 

Sunday, 20 October 2019

A New Starting Point - Christchurch Quilters

A splendid sample.

It is amazing to think that last weekend I was teaching this workshop in Christchurch, New Zealand. I am now snuggled in at home, in front of the fire, with my dogs. Isn't life amazing?

A New Starting Point is my favourite workshop. By layering up old newspapers, maps and book pages with painted and unpainted Bondaweb, you can create some fabulous effects. If you add a little gilding flake and transfer foil, you can create something rather special.

Christchurch Quilters are a great grouo to work with, such fun. They are very experienced which made things very easy for me. We had 2 days of play with all manner of papers and sparkle. First we painted the Bondaweb, or Vliesofix as it is known in NZ and Australia.
 
Nicky and Catherine painting Bondaweb.

Then we began the 'backgrounds and prettys'. This technique involves layering paper with Bondaweb and building, tearing and building new layers. It's great fun and you never quite know what you will end up with.


Starting to layer.


Tearing the previous layers to create a new 'pretty'.

Adding slashes of transfer foil for extra flash.


Using different types of language papers can create more interest.


Using subtle colours shows of the texture.


Do you leave the edges uneven, or do you neaten them up?


I love this colour combination.


Japanese papers mixed with and pages from an old atlas.

In the past 7 years that I have taught this workshop, this is the first time any one has added spots. Don't they look fabulous?


Don't the colours in this sample work well together?

A great use of light and dark.


During the repeated layering process it is possible to 'manage' the colour background you use. You decide if you want your colours to merge or contrast.

Don't be afraid of using black.

A New Starting Point includes making newspaper faux chenille. It seems to make sense as we are using up our papers.


If you layer polyester organza in between your newspaper, when you distress the chenille you get a fabulous frayed effect.


 Doesn't this look like peeling paint? I love it.

When you distress your chenille you get all the confetti bits, which can in turn be ironed onto to painted Bondaweb to great effect.


 
In this workshop we used Bpndaweb/Vliesofix and Decovil 1 iron-on interfacing.

Decovil 1 is a leather like iron-on interfacing that is popular for interfacing bags. You just iron your fabric on it and make up your bag. It is also fabulous to use to make decorated book covers and small vessels. There is a lighter weight version - Decovil light!

We painted the Decovil 1 with watered down acrylic paint and when it was dry some of the torn paper samples were ironed on to create slip covers for books.

A few of the slip covers.

I thoroughly enjoyed teaching this workshop. After all the hustle and bustle of Quilt Symposium 2019 it was very relaxing. Christchurch Quilters were such fun to work with and I was looked after very well.


 
                  
Many thanks to Jean, Sue Ellen, Nicky, Catherine, Lorriane, Denise, Dallas, Alice and Lesley.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          
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If you would lile to learn more abut my 'backgrounds and pretties' technique I teach it online - 

Or the online Faux Chenille workshop is here -

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I'm going to sort my studio today and rehang it with my work that was in my recent local exhibition. It will be good to see it all together again.

More soon, x