I Play With Textiles

I muck about with textiles in my spare time. I like vivid colours and squiggy shapes.

About 10 years ago I joined a ‘scarf’ making group, run by Chris West in Birregurra, Victoria. Turned out it was the make anything group! We did felting, patchwork, made a Japanese lunch bag and created our own fabric from the junkiest scraps you might have lying around your sewing room. Cotton ends cut off when you finish a seam, trimmed seam edges, strands of wool. Sandwich it altogether between visoflex or something similar and then machine all over. A dip in water dissolves the visoflex and you are left with a totally original and exciting piece of fabric.

She inspired me!

This is my labyrinth made by twisting thin strips of fabric and couching them into position. The dark purple is stretchy crushed velvet which I found very forgiving. The colours are all sorts of material. There’s a thick stretch jersey, some raw silk, coloured cottons and heavy woven gold material. It all has different effects.

The piece is about 25 cm x 20 cm.