Wednesday, 15 April 2015

'Transforming Transfer' at Fantasia Textiles Studio 8 - 10 April - Part the second

The beginnings of something by Norah.

Now for the next part . . . 
The group produced a huge amount of samples - it did help having my heat press there. 

It isn't always necessary to 'muck about' with your work too much. Sometimes the beauty of the process is enough. I know I can be the first one to encourage layering and stitching, but I can also recognise when it is time to stop. 
This sample is just 2 prints, one on top of the other. A sheer on top and a heavier fabric underneath. Torn layered transfer prints give a very lovely shadowed effect.

These 2 layers just need a little stitch to define a few of the lines. Gorgeous.

The great fun of working with synthetic fabrics is that they can be cut and distressed with heat. Cutting applique shapes to iron onto a background is one of the techniques I include in this workshop. 
The student irons Bondaweb on to the back of the fabric that the shapes will be cut from. Shapes are then cut with a soldering iron. You need just need enough pressure to cut through the fabric, pressing too hard will bend the tip of the soldering iron. You move the soldering iron slowly, making a continuous line, going as slowly as the fabric will cut. Thicker fabrics will take longer to cut, just settle down and enjoy the ooozy, melty feeling.

 Cut the shapes and then lift them off the backing paper. If you have cut through the backing paper from the Bondaweb, you are pressing too hard.

I use Margaret Beal's system of terracotta flower pots as stands for the soldering irons and wire wool in cardboard tubes to clean the soldering iron tip.

Here are some samples of the applique ironed onto the chosen backgrounds.

 . . . and then there was the stitch . . . subtle and not overpowering. Fabulous.


A more three dimensional sample - Beautiful layers of transfer printed Spunbond/Lutradur - hand stitched.


 . .  and some beautiful layers and simple stitch.

Some more of Norah's beautiful birds.

It was wonderful to be able to spend three days working on and developing one process. The quality of the work at Fantasia Studios was very high. They are a fabulous group of ladies. The end of workshop 'show and tell' was good fun, though we had to be selective on how much worked was shown, there was so much to choose from.

The end of workshop display.

I had a great few days with Norah and her girls - thank you all for a fabulous time.

Transfer paints and crayons can be bought from Art Van Go, now online, or in the shop. Art Van Go

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Norah's Design2Stich group has an exhibition coming up, it's bound to be good.

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Workshops coming up - 
I could do with a couple more students on my course this weekend at the The Bridge in Brighton - On the Surface is my basic decorated Bondaweb course.

That will be it until after my op. My next workshop will be on the 9th and 10th of June at Art Van Go.  Creating Original Designs is my design workshop where we work through 'The Journey' and make your own printing blocks from your designs. Workshops/Programme

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I am having my left knee replaced on Monday the 20th so will be off my feet for a while - I won't be able to post any orders for from April 17th to May 4th as I will be hobbling about and not able to pack up, let alone post orders. Things should be back to normal after the 4th. If nothing else I can pack the orders and friends can post them for me. I have had a new delivery of KK Glue so there is plenty of stock. It has been selling well.

So that's me done for a while . . . . the next time I post - I will be bionic!!!



  1. Thankyou Kim for super blog and we will all be sending quick recovery dancing legs x

  2. Your blog is so inspiring and you are so generous with your information (and in your books also). BUT (and I'm sure you've been asked this often) would you ever consider developing an online class for those of us too (disappointingly) far away???
    All the best for your new knee.....speedy recovery.

  3. Hi Marny,
    Many thanks for your comments - and YES!!! I am planning to offer some classes on line. I will start with one or two of my workshops and build up to teaching Experimental Textiles online - the first courses should be online in the autumn. I need to work out how to presents them - whether to include videos - all that kind of malarkey. If you have any suggestions, they would be gratefully received - x x x

  4. Hi Kim - good luck next week with the knee op.
    It was good to see you again at Excel! Liz x

  5. Thank you my lovely - it was good to see you too. x

  6. ¡Me encantan los pájaros!