Sunday, 23 April 2017

New Zealand 2017 - part the fourth . . Hot Textiles with Taranaki Patchworkers and Quilters, New Plymouth.

 A fabulous painted Bondaweb/Vliesofix sample.

Having arrived in New Plymouth, it was straight on with the next 2 workshops. The first 2 day workshop was Hot Textiles and the second was A New Starting Point.
So on with Hot Textiles - I have included photos of the products we used so you know what to ask for. This workshop was going to concentrate on using unpainted and painted Bondaweb/Vliesofix and Lutradur/CS800.

Bondaweb/Vliesofix, still my most favourite product after all these years.

CS800 also known as Lutradur, a heavy weight spunbond, and Decovil 1 light, a wonderful leather like, iron-on interfacing

After introducing myself to the group and explaining roughly what we would be doing, we got onto painting the Bondaweb/Vliesofix and CS800/Lutradur. It is very important to know how little paint you need to get the correct effect. You don't want the paint to form a barrier.

The group painting the Bondaweb/Vliesofix.

While were waiting for the products to dry, I did a short demonstration on how to foil unpainted Bondaweb/Vliesofix. If you use this product unpainted it is guaranteed washable. Perfect for applique. 
Transfer foils are washable up to 30 degrees and can applied to the Bondaweb/Vliesofix with a cool iron and baking paper. Whatever shape you cut out of this wonderful product, the foil will stick to it.

Here you can see the Bondaweb/Vliesofix has been cut to a shape and ironed onto fabric. Once the glue had cooled down the backing paper was removed. The iron was then turned down to about 'wool'. If you iron the transfer foil with an iron that is too hot, the foil will pucker up. The foil was then laid over the exposed Bondaweb/Vliesofix shape, colour side up, and covered with a sheet of baking paper. This was then ironed for about 30 seconds. Enough time for the heat to get through the layers and reheat the glue. Once cold, the foil can be peeled off and your shape should be covered in foil. Great fun, and washable.

Once the Bondaweb/Vliesofix was dry, we could get on with playing. Remembering 'which way is up'!

These look lovely without any decoration.

Once the group had created their backgrounds on fabric we got to playing with decorating them. We used dried flowers, mica flakes, flat sequins, gliding flake, glitter and transfer foil . . .

Some fab decorated samples.

A peaceful room while the group had lunch in the room next door.

The second day we started playing with the CS800/Lutradur. I had put heat guns on the materials list and had assumed (Yes! I know, never assume) that NZ heat guns are the same as the ones use in the UK. Those in the group that had never used them before bought paint stripper heat tools from the local hardware store. The boxes are actually labeled with the words - heat gun!!
They were 2000 watts and way too powerful for what we needed. Plus, if we had plugged them all in the circuit would have tripped out.

Half of the group had the embossing type tools that we needed.

Luckily there was a local craft shop who had them in stock and saved the day.

 Decovil 1 light was painted painted wit a thin wash of acrylic paint. Once dry, the glue side transfer foiled and then polyester organza was iron and then zapped.
 CS800/Lutradur was decorated with painted Bondaweb/Vliesofix and gilding flake and then with a heat gun.

Some of the group decided to further decorate their Bondaweb/Vliesofix back grounds with toning coloured CS800/Lutradur . . .

Zapped CS800/Lutradur pinned to the backgrounds ready for stitch.

The group have great gun fun zapping polyester organza

3 layers of CS800/Lutradur, stitched together on the sewing machine, then zapped with a heat gun to reveal different layers of colour.

Laying up the colours - seeing which looks best.

Having a relaxing half an hour stitching into a sample.

We had a fabulous 2 days playing with the products and had another 2 days of excitements to come. More of that next week when I am back home.


One of the group showed me a sample of work she had made after reading my second book Experimental Textiles and having a go at 'The Journey'. You can see the 2" section taken from her 'Journey' on the left and the 12" version in fabric on the right. I do love knowing that people do use the book. Thank you Dorrianne.

Dorrianne's samples from Experimental Textiles.


I am now enjoying a relaxed weekend with Alysn and Brian Midgelow-Marsden at their beautiful house on the Tawharanui Peninsula. I start flying home tomorrow. I have had the most wonderful time and been so very looked after by all my hosts. 
See you all again on the other side of the world . . . when I have woken up!!!


Hello Jill - x x x
Hello Diana - x x x 
Hello Tod - will Skype later in the week when I can form a sentence. 

x x x 

Sunday, 16 April 2017

New Zealand 2017 - part the third . . Layered Surfaces for Stitch with Cutting Edge Textiles, Ngaruawahia.

 A rather stunning piece of work.


Just a note about the names of products in different parts of the world. Lutradur is one of the names for CS800, it is also known as Spunbond. It is the same product but is known by different names around the world.

Vliesofix is also known as Bondaweb. It is the same product.

While we are at it - Vilene is now using their European name Vlieseline. The products are the same - the name has just changed slightly. There is a fabulous new website that helps you identify products and discover new ones - have a look . .


The second workshop I was asked to teach for Cutting Edge Textiles was a 3 day version of Layered Surfaces for Stitch. Using Tyvek, Lutradur/CS800 and painted Bondweb/Vliesofix. However, as the a lot of the students booked onto the workshop had seen all the results of New Starting Point gracing my Facebook page over the past 6 months, they also wanted to try that. So we did. Having 3 days was a great luxury so I could work out how to teach both workshops.

We started out by painting Vliesofix/Bondaweb, Tyvek, and Lutradur/CS800. Once the Tyvek was dry we got straight onto playing with that. Learning how to texture it and how to apply foil to the Tyvek. The group learned the joys of 'kiss, stroke and caress'. And 'welly,wiggle and off'!!
 Painted Tyvek cut into spirals textured with an iron and then transfer foiled.

Once we had tried texturing the Tyvek with an iron (and baking parchment/paper). We went onto layering the Tyvek with polyester organza and stitching the layers together with a sewing machine to zap with a heat gun. This is a great way to learn control with the heat gun, trying to zap back and expose all the different layers.
Having great fun zapping. 

We then experimented with making beads from Tyvek. Tyvek strips are wound around the pointy end of a metal knitting needle and is held in place by wrapping wire around it. You hold the knitting needle at the other end when using the heat gun. The Tyvek should then stay in place and not roll around while you are creating your bead. The wire is then removed when you have melted the Tyvek enough to make the bead.

 Some great samples of making beads with Tyvek and other synthetic materials.

By the time we had played with the Tyvek the painted Vliesofix/Bondaweb and Lutradur/CS800 were dry.

The group had great fun playing with the painted Vliesofix/Bondaweb, ironing it onto different coloured fabric backgrounds and decorating it with transfer foil, mica flakes and gilding flake.
These are fabulous backgrounds to stitch onto - very excitng potential.

The next part of the workshop was to work with the Lutradur/Spunbond . . It is great fun to zap with a heat gun. It can also be cut with a soldering iron which was the technique that we concentrated on in the workshop. Applique is the technique of applying a fabric shape onto a fabric background. The applique shape can be pinned into the background fabric and then hand or machined in place - or you can use Vliesofix/Bondaweb.

We ironed Vliesofix/Bondaweb onto the back of one piece of Lutradur/Spunbond to cut the applique shapes out of, and chose another piece as a background to iron the shapes onto.

Some of the Lutradur/CS800 applique samples.

Leaving the backing paper on the Vliesofix/Bondaweb you can cut shapes out with a soldering iron, Lutradur/Spunbond side up. If you cut through the backing paper, you are pressing too hard. . . The cut shapes can then be lifted off the backing paper and ironed into place on your chosen background. As you can see from the images above, we had great fun.

On the third day of the workshop we changed to using newspaper with the Vliesofix/Bondaweb and went into a one day version of A New Starting Point. We didn't have time to print or stitch, but the group had time to get to grips with the process.

 I do love a newspaper . . 

We experimented with my 'backgrounds and prettys' technique. It is basically tearing and layering newspaper and then . . tearing and layering newspaper. The great joy is that what you are doing doesn't have to look like anything. You are just creating texture with coloured paper. I love this process as you can use any kind of paper - junk mail, old music sheets, old books . .  maps . . It is a fabulous way to reuse and recycle. The samples also make great backgrounds to print and stitch onto .  . there will be samples of that in the next blog post when I deliver my next workshop in New Plymouth.

 Torn layers being placed on a background ready to be ironed down.

 Just a few of the beautiful samples that were created, so ready for print and stitch. Just paper, paint and Vliesofix/Bondaweb.

Using particular words to enhance your work can bring meaning and identity to it.

Regular readers of this blog will know of my great love for old Bernina sewing machines. They are such workhorses and cope with all manner of layers - paper or fabric.

A wonderful old machine - a bit heavy to carry - but so worth it - always reliable.

I will be traveling down to New Plymouth in a couple of days where I will be teaching a 2 day version of Hot Textiles and then A New Starting Point. 

In the meantime - have a great Easter, don't eat too much chocolate.


 My online teaching.
Working with Tyvek will be my first online workshop and A New Starting Point will be the second - if you are interested, please email me with 'database' in the subject and I will add you to the database.

You will be the first to hear what is happening and when. I am hoping the first workshop will start registration at the end of May. This a new venture for me, obviously I know what I am teaching - but all the internet malarkey takes time to put into place - so please bear with me . . . 


Hello Diana, love to you both.
Hello Jill also love to you both.
Hello Auntie Tod - huge love to you both and have a great time at Lynda's.

x x x