Friday, December 3, 2010
Here is the real tree we have put up in our sun room. The close up is of an angel which I bough for only €2 in Penny's. I also hung some silver snow flakes on the branches closest to her. Below you can see the full tree, I will need to buy some more red tinsel to fill in some of the spaces.
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
I used a large glass fish bowl as the center piece, placing a red candle in the center and surrounded it with acorns. Black and silver flowers and silver foliage on the outside of the bowl really made this display special.
Saturday, November 13, 2010
Friday, November 12, 2010
Sunday, November 7, 2010
The knitting and stitching show this year seemed to have a lot more in the line of knitting and yarn so who could blame me for purchasing some wool. I love the idea of knitting a pair of slippers then throwing them into the washing machine at a high tempeture which shrinks and felts them. Another idea I got from a friend is to buy old wool jumpers from charity shops and wash them into felt. You can then cut them up and make mittens or I guess what ever you like. What a great way to recycle in a recession, just think how warm we will all be this winter.
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Well I guess it's time to get ready for Christmas. Here are some tags I made they can also be hung on the Christmas tree. I have also started to make some cards. These are fun and quick to make. Glitter glue is cheap and really sets the tags of nicely.
Friday, October 1, 2010
Sunday, September 19, 2010
Well I had my first meeting as Chair Person at the Irish Patchwork Society on Saturday 11th September. I always love the buz on the first day back. It was great to see all the new members and hope they will join in with the show and tell. The beginners workshops got off to a great start and Ester gave a great workshop on soluable fabric. I love the lacy effects which can be achieved with this method. Next month Irene McWilliams will be giving a talk and a Sunday workshop on how to use your machine. See you all next month.
|Work by Pat Archibald|
|Castle Quilters with Pat|
|Workshop piece by Pat|
Monday, September 6, 2010
Thursday, September 2, 2010
Sunday, July 4, 2010
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Saturday, May 15, 2010
Here I have quilted a sampler, using my dyed fabrics with a lime shape. I recently purchased some quilting equipment from Leah Day's web site. The supreme slider, the Little Genie magic bobbin washers and the Machingers gloves. You can see from the back view that they all really helped to eliminate back lash. The space was left only because I ran out of top thread.
I have chosen to work with one of my dyed fabrics. This one was a very dark fabric with not much contrast. Using Linda and Laura Kemshall's book "The Painted Quilt" I have taken one of their shapes. Cut out of freezer paper and pressed on to the cloth. I carefully applied thick bleach to remove the colour. I then removed the paper pattern and held the cloth under running water to stop the bleach process.
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
This book covers a lot of different technics that I intend to use on my hand dyed fabrics. I would definitely recommend this book and also visit their web site to see Design Matters TV.
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
This is the piece I used to mop up all the spills and clean the jars with. I think it turned out very interesting. and the lightest as it was not saturated with dye.
This is the darkest fabric. We used the plastic bag method, which is probably the best for a workshop situation.
The next piece was also twisted to obtain a tie dyed effect.
This is a medium fabric, you can
Sunday, April 18, 2010
On Saturday I took part in the Dyeing workshop in Galway at the IPS. Nikki Foley showed us how to dye our fabric with the use of plastic bags. We took our fabric home to wash and dry the next day. Here is my collection. I really liked the pieces that I folded or twisted and tied. I'm looking forward to using the fabric in my next project.
Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Friday, March 26, 2010
Monday, March 22, 2010
At a meeting of the Castle Quilters my friend Mona brought in a bag full of bits and pieces, which was given to her by the husband of her friend who had passed away. She said these things had reminded her of me. When she emptied the bag on the table I was amazed at the collection of samples which her friend had been working on. She had put some into plastic covers inside a folder, just as I do. But as I looked at all the pieces, I thought to myself why had she not taken notes to say what she had done and what result she had been trying to achieve. I then realised that I do exactly the same thing. Mona very kindly allowed me to take the bag home to look at some more. I took some coloured card stock and put it behind some of the pieces and photographed them. It also made me think about all the things I have experimented with and what will happen to them. I have been looking at sketch books with a possibility of using my pieces as covers or even pages within and maybe my girls would hold on to my pieces as mementos. I will post some more photo's of Mona's friend's pieces and find out a little more about her.