Maker Faire 2016

Setting up for the Adelaide Maker Faire 2016.

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With a grant from the lovely Maker Faire people I was able to provide a free scarf for anyone who wanted to dye one in natural dyes.

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This was a quick activity for people to do as they were exploring the Maker Faire so I had a few short cuts.  I made the dyes at home before the Faire and I used a microwave oven to quickly steam the scarves for the participants to take home.

More than 100 scarves were dyed.  The dyes I made were yellow from fig leaves, brown from black walnuts, maroon/pink from madder with washing soda and orange from onion skins.  The mordant used was soy milk.

Natural Dyeing Workshop

In today’s workshop we dyed cotton, sheep’s wool and samoyed wool as well as cotton fabric. The dyes used were from fig leaves, black walnuts, turmeric, onion skins, black beans, and rust.

Black beans soaked in a copper pot and it looks like there is something coppery on the surface.

Black beans soaked in a copper pot and it looks like there is something coppery on the surface.

Setting up

Setting up

Tied fabric dipped in several dyes

Tied fabric dipped in several dyes

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Participants with their work

Participants with their work

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Participants' dyed samples

Participants’ dyed samples

One of the ladies made a woollen spider for my wire spider web

One of the ladies made a woollen spider for my wire spider web

Judging Craft At The Murray Bridge Show

This is the second year I’ve been a judge at the Murray Bridge Show. It’s something I really enjoy doing so I was disappointed to see fewer entries than last year. I would like to see country arts and crafts at local shows growing again instead of shrinking. I wonder if having some new sections would help. Art quilts are very popular as are art installations and yarn bombing. I like working with E-textiles and other electronics which is another popular field which could be incorporated into the local shows.

Gorgeous wet felting

Gorgeous wet felting

needle felting
The frill necked lizard and the log it’s on are all needle felted. This piece has incredible detail right down to the opening of the log the lizard is on has moss in it.

Beading

Beading


The pictures really don’t do justice to the exquisite work here. I’m always blown away by the beading. I don’t know how people can do such time consuming and intricate work.

Beading

Beading


I love the little Father Christmas faces!