Textile Tantrums

I am obsessed with fibres, thread, cloth, paint and all things textiles! Unfortunately I am also a procrastinator extraodinarire who spends more time reading, surfing the net and admiring the materials than creating! I struggle to translate my ideas into textiles - hence the tantrums!

Saturday, October 21, 2006

Help with mini tag punches

Does anyone know where I can get a really teeny tag punch? I have already got a small one from the woodware punch collection but I would like an even smaller one like Dale and Beryl Taylor use to add tags as embellishments. I have searched the web and can't find any so suggestions welcome!

Here is a very fuzzy scan of the punch I already have.

Moonglow Sprays - where can you buy them?

A few people have asked me where you can get these. I'm afraid I'm not very good at adding links etc to my blog, but I'll give it a try...

Dale at the Thread Studio in Australia stocks the whole range


In the UK you can get them at the following:

http://www.thestampman.co.uk and


Hope this helps

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Moonglow Spray - part 2

Moonglow also make 'Glitz Spritz' this is a sparkly spray without the walnut ink so it is brighter and more glittery! The sample shown is some paper that I have sprayed with Tim Holtz' Adirondack Colour Wash, medieval gold glitz spritz and moonshadow mist in violaceous violet!! I think this would look lovely on silk. It sayd that you can use the Adirondack on fabric so I thought I would mainly use that and then a bit of glitz!

One of my themes at the minute is medieval and gold and purple feature heavily!

Moonglow Sprays - don't ya just love em!

Joanna was asking me about Moon shadow mist sprays. These are really great! They are walnut ink with sparkly mica powder added so when it catches the light you get a sparkly gleam - yum! You can use them on paper and card, I haven't tried them on fabric yet. The picture here shows the technique I mentioned in my last post. I had some kitchen towel that I had painted already with walnut ink. I bonded this to felt and then rubber stamped on this with metallic acrylics. When this was dry I machine stitched or stamped and embossed, then I sprayed with the moonshadow mist. This makes the brown even darker to give an aged effect but you still get subtle glitz. I then coated these with acrylic wax as the ktichen towel was starting to fall apart!

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Goodies from The Thread Studio

Look what came in the post.....

More yummy moonglow sprays - these are really great. i have been using tissue paper and kitchen towels, painted with walnut ink, bonded to felt. I then rubber stamped and embossed onto this and machine stitched. Finally I sprayed them with the moonshadow mists - yummy! I will psot a picture when I have finished. Also got some copper tissue here - a really fine, thin copper shim. I've got a kit to make Australian leaves using water soluble fabric - can't wait to try it.

Saturday, October 14, 2006

A close up of the collage

Here's what happened to the goodies....

Well i was dawdling along nicely with this and then suddenly realised on Wednesday that yes, the deadline was Friday! Aarggh! I got the picture emailed off to Patricia at QA but I'll let you in on a little secret...the edges still need zig zagging round and the collage needs to be fixed to the canvas! Must make myself do this this weekend or it will sit on my desk forever more as a UFO!

Anyway...here's what I did. I bonded the habotoi onto silk (this makes a lovely background for hand stitiching into - I think I will use this to practice hand stitches). I stitched a grid onto this amd made little fabric collages in each square (inspired by the work of Beryl Taylor and her book). In the goody bag there was a dyed coffee filter paper, I stamped on this and used copper embossing powder. I then sprayed this and the piece of wallpaper with moonshadow mists which are my absolute favourite thing at the minute! I made paper beads out of the dyed paper strips in the bag. I added my own abalone buttons from Canada and beads etc. I really enjoyed just playing and stitching with no real plan. I am then mounting this collage on an artists canvas that has been painted with lumiere paints.