A few days in Germany - part the third

Busy girls on the workshop.

Sorry this is a bit late in coming - it's been a bit of a busy week.
The second workshop I taught was Hot New Surfaces. It was a four hour experimental workshop playing with the all the weights and colours of Vilene Spunbond.

The group were very keen and got stuck in straight away. We worked with layers first. Applying painted Bondaweb onto Spunbond and then decorating it and then zapping it. They loved the gilding flake - I don't think many of the group had seen it before.

  Spunbond decorated with painted Bondaweb and then zapped.

They were happy to play and not make anything finished. It was great fun teaching this group, they were so keen and had not had a chance to play with these products before. We were using from the heaviest to the lightest - CS800, CS700 and CS500. The CS500 comes in seven colours as well as white.
You can see the full range here -  https://www.nid-noi.com/product/LU.php

 The group getting stuck in. My wonderful Quilt Angel is on the far right.

 We tried applique with the CS500. Not using soldering irons for a change - we used scissors!!! It was bad enough having to carry 12 heat guns in my luggage. Because the CS500 is translucent it works well when overlapped.


 We also looked at edges - you can create the most fabulous edges and textures with Spunbond - my favourite for this is the CS800. 

 This is CS800 decorated with Xpandaprint that has been squidged through a stencil with a 2" paintbrush,(a bit like stippling if you ever did paint effects) - then zapped with a heat gun. The Xpandaprint forms a resist and the CS800 that is exposed goes into lace when you heat it - very pretty.

 We also played with a glue stick and embossing powders - gorgeous.

Fabulous embossed and distressed edges.
  One of the students samples at the end of the class.

I had a wonderful time in Germany, I was so well looked after by the Vilene/Vliesoline team. I hope it won't be the last time I see them all again.
If you want to see some image of the show go to -

 and look at 'Impressions NADELWELT Karlsruhe 2013'.


I flew back into Heathrow in time to nip up to Art Van Go for the launch party of Bobby Britnell's NEW book - Stitched Textiles - Flowers.

It is a smashing book, full of great ideas for stitch and decorative surfaces as well as Bobby's own slant on colour and the elements of design. It is a very good and enjoyable read.

There was also an exhibition of the work from the book, here is the Bobster sitting demurely in front of a small part of it.

As I was dashing out the door dear Kevin grabbed me and took this photo.
I do so love this - poor Bobby looks a bit bemused.

I then belted off down to Hampton Hill to have dinner with my bestest matey. A perfect end to a great week.

It is now all systems go for the Brighton Open Houses, I sold so much jewellery last weekend I had to have more cut today. There are three more weekends to go. I will be at Foredown Tower this weekend and the pot holes have all been filled in HURRAHH!!! At last!! so we won't dice with death when we drive up the track.

I hope this post finds you well and happy.

 x x x
 Hello Jill - 75 sleeps to go - Yippeee!!!! x


  1. That doesn't sound many at all!!

  2. No - it doesn't. Yeeehhaa!!! Will start packing soon. x x x

  3. Hallo Kim,
    really nice to meet you and to learn, in which way I could work with the inspiring materials. The photo with me is nice and I like it, thank you. One question: Where do you buy the acrylic wax? Best regards
    Gabriele from Germany

    1. Hi Gabriele,
      Thanks for the lovely comment, it was great to meet you.
      Acrylic wax - www.artvango.co.uk
      Craftynotions -


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