Our Newsletter – 16th January 2020
I’m writing to you on a very gloomy January day so what better than to have a reminder of summer? I’ve been stitching using the indigo fabrics that we dyed last summer.
We kept that indigo bucket going for weeks and very little fabric escaped being dipped! With so much to work with, I’ve been keen to start using it up.
Seeing the fabrics heaped up on my work table with a few bits of white cotton was such a classic combination and made me think of blue and white china. So, what better than Broken Dishes!
I’m part way through the project and you can read more about it over on the DesignMatters website.
You’ll find my post in the Quiltmaking Classroom along with lots of workshops and other informative posts that we hope will inspire you to get that fabric chopped up and sewn back together again!
New on DesignMatters this week…
Video Workshop – Using Masking Fluid
I demonstrate how to use bonded appliqué as the logical technique to translate sketchbook collage ideas into a quilt. See how fast and easy this method is for creating your next appliqué quilt.
Ways to watch:
If you have a DesignMatters TV Membership you’ll find this workshop is automatically available to you, just click on the link above.
If you don’t have a Membership, you can purchase this workshop as a one-off for £1.50. You might like to use Classroom Credits to do this. As you know we are gradually phasing memberships out and a couple of months ago we introduced the Classroom Credit option. Many thanks to those of you who have already added credit to your accounts – we hope you find redeeming them against any of the new videos or any title in the Classrooms is really straightforward. And don’t forget, any purchased videos stay in your account for unlimited viewing!
Indigo Overdye has been one of our most popular workshops of 2019. We’ve had requests to make it available as a Classroom video, so you can watch it without Membership. We’ve done that and popped it into the Fabric Dyeing Classroom for you. If you’ve not already seen it, or know it’s a workshop you’ll want to keep, you can add it to your library now for £1.50 with instant, unlimited access.
What’s it all about?
Dive into the fascinating world of indigo! In this workshop Laura will show you how to create stunning fabrics by using simple resist techniques and indigo as an overdye. We just love the results and we think you will too. In the workshop Laura uses an indigo dye kit. At the time of publishing, indigo dye kits are available from many craft suppliers on the internet. Laura’s kit is from Art Van Go, and there are others from well known brands such as Jacquard.
Inspiration from Paris Museés
If you’ve been following Colossal (we let you know about them last week), then you’ll already know that Paris Museés have released 100,000 images from their collections into the public domain.
You can browse and download the images and use them without restriction.
Left: Claes Jansz Visscher, 1549
Apologies now for the rabbit hole you are about to disappear down!
Linda’s been busy working in her sketchbook and as promised, she’s posting her work as she goes in the Creative Sketchbooks section of the website.
Students, you can log in to find her posts. You’ll spot there’s a new Blog section on the Module pages. Look out for more posts arriving there weekly.
Thank you for reading our news this week. We will be back next week with more! In the meantime please follow along with us via social media (the links are below) and if you have any questions about anything please feel free to email.