Saturday, 5 November 2011

New Layered Textiles - Inkberrow Design Centre 3rd - 4th November

Newspaper background decorated with painted Bondaweb, gilding flake and newspaper strips.

I will have to split the blog about this 2 day workshop into 2 posts as there was so much excellent work produced there will be too much for just one. We covered painted Bondaweb, disperse dying (transfer printing) on Vilene Spunbond, applique cut with soldering irons and newspaper faux chenille. The faux chenille will be posted tomorrow.

IDC (Inkberrow Design Centre) is one of my favourite places to teach. I love the atmosphere there and the studios are perfect for my style of workshop. This is why I have chosen to teach my new 8 month version of Experimental Textiles there next year. 

There is lots of room to spread out in the main studio - and plenty of sockets for heat tools. With a 3 phase power supply we can use as many heat tools as we want and not worry about blowing the circuit.

Many layers of painted Bondaweb decorated with threads and strips of fabric

Black cotton decorated with painted Bondaweb and strips of painted and dyed newspaper. This sample was further embellished with a toning machine satin stitch to give definition. Sally didn't like it - but I loved it!! Let's hope she thinks it looks better on here . . . . . 

One of the exercises was to transfer print Vilene Spunbond, iron plain Bondaweb onto the back and then cut out shapes with a soldering iron to be applied onto a background of either black fabric or another piece of transfer printed Spunbond.

This is what was left when the shapes had been cut out - the negative space.
It was so lovely Julia ironed it onto black cotton - FAB!

 A combination of decorated painted Bondaweb and cut Vilene Spunbond

Transfer printed and cut Vilene Spunbond applied onto a background of more transfer printed Vilene Spunbond.

and more . . . . !

So - I think you can see we had a busy and very successful workshop. More tomorrow . . . . . I'm off to give a lecture to TACKS this afternoon in Kent. I need to get ready, unload the car and find my projector. It should be good fun, they sound like a fabulous group.

See you tomorrow!



  1. I just found your blog tonight and it's just fascinating to me!! I don't know very much about textile art like you make, but I really think it's wonderful!!

  2. Thank you Heather, the work I do with my students is rather unusual - but we have fun! x