I’ve been wanting to try out some drawn threadwork techniques for a while and finally got around to it this afternoon.
This is my first piece of threadwork and I think my eyes are going to fall out. It’s not very neat but is a little bit charming how it is.
I also tried Hardanger embroidery and Cutwork embroidery . They need much more practice to get them neat. What a mess! I also need a new pair of embroidery scissors which I will grab tomorrow during Easter spotlight and Lincraft sales.
I made my first Brainy Barbie maybe 5 years ago. I’ve only sold 5 or 6 of them but they always get attention at markets. Many people laughed, “Barbie with a Brain, ha!” but I never thought of Barbie as being particularly stupid. I had Doctor Barbie and other Barbie who did interesting things and I never acted out Barbie as a ditz, she was also doing a job. Bratz on the other hand…
I never intended for my Brainy Barbie (or Barbie with a Brain) to be a commentary on the doll but just did it because I had a Barbie there, without a head and a brain there and just put the two together. I like the way this doll creates discussion and how much people love the idea.
Meet my new stamps.
After getting several requests to make stamps for people I decided I should have them readily available in my shop.
I’ve been slowly adding all of the designs I currently have and I’m thinking up new ones.
Something I have not made for a while is Testes, in any form. Testes are quite a time consuming part to make. So I think a stamp is probably a good idea.
Last week I finally figured out how to make the Uterus Mini Cushion in a manner that was not slow and ineffective!. I had been having problems with how to sew it in a way that allowed me to stuff it all effectively and after making up a template and being determined for success with the iron I got to work. I am happy with the end result!
Some super cute Terrariums were made at our Terrarium workshops this winter for Hands On Brisbane. More Terrarium workshops planned for Spring and Summer. Send me a message through my contact page if you are interested in learning to make your own Terrarium.
The Finders Keepers is on in Brisbane the weekend of the 5th and 6th July, about a month away! I applied at the last minute after getting home from holidays and have been making goodies since I found out I got a spot.
As I make all of my stuff from scratch it is a lot of work. Screen printing, stamping, cutting out felt to sew, needle felting… And now I have to start thinking about the display I want to have (I’ve got a lot of ideas, just need to bring them all together). At least my felt jobs are dwindling. On the list at the moment I only have Heart Necklace, Plant Cell Necklace, Uterus Brooch, Liver Brooch, Felted Brain Jar, Kidney Jar, Felted Brain Hair Tie, Felted Brain Brooch, Vein Man Mini Cushion and Skin Hoop. I should be able to get most of this finished by end of next week. I’ll cut most out tomorrow…
Hands On Brisbane launched its Winter 2014 season today. We are offering lots of new workshops with plenty of old favourites still in the mix. We’re also bringing back a few that had a break (workshop annual leave??) For Winter we are moving to The Gardens Club in the Brisbane City Botanic Gardens (up near QUT, gardens point) and I am looking forward to being inspired by the gardens that will surround us.
Book early to avoid disappointment, these workshops sell out fast!
I teach participants how to make a Terrarium, Screen Print with Stencils, share a few pointers for working with Polymer Clay, and show you how to create Shrinky Dinks. But that is not all, there is a host of other workshop hosts who share their skills and help to broaden yours; from block printing to making paper flowers, sterling silver to mini-books. There is something for everyone.
Although I spend most of my time researching and making Anatomy I also have a casual day job as the Hands On Brisbane Coordinator with Bleeding Heart, part of the Wise Foundation. Hands On Brisbane happens Saturdays at 166 Ann St Brisbane City.
I run a few of the workshops each term and we have just announced our Autumn 2014 season. My favourite workshop is Terrariums. When I teach a workshop I hope to provide the attendee with enough info, and the confidence to be able to give a craft a go at home and let them know that there is always so much more to learn and they can easily find out lots more with just a little bit of research.
f you’d like to attend one of my workshops, or one of the other Hands On Brisbane Workshops follow the links below. I’d love to see you there! Bookings are essential!