One of the things I’ve enjoyed as B1 and B2 have grown older, is the opportunity to attend some crafty classes in Melbourne. Yes, with the help of the internet/Youtube/brain-power I could probably work out many of these things myself, however I enjoy being taught, I love meeting new people (once I get over my social awkwardness) and what better way to spend a Saturday/Sunday than with like minded people making pretty things and drinking cups of tea.
I recently attending a block printing course run by the lovely Leslie at Maze and Vale in Kensington. I’d actually signed up to do it last year but was unable to attend due to being bed ridden, and she kindly rescheduled me into the February class held a week or two ago.
I’ve participated in several screen printing courses in Melbourne (with the gorgeous girls at Harvest Textiles), and had been intrigued by the different printing that could be achieved using block printing, like being able to carve out detail within the print, which is harder to achieve with a silk screen and stencil.
I always have a project idea in mind when signing up for these types of classes, and this time I wanted to start the design of two quilts for some up and coming baby girls due in the next month or two. The teaching component didn’t take very long. A block, some carving tools. Design and carve away! That left plenty of time for playing with design and printing, with a little chatter thrown in as well. The thing I most enjoyed was not having to rush through the learning and then the process and then feeling as though I had to “make”. There was ample time for play, and no need to move quickly. Plus it was meant to be 40 degrees and we were inside a warehouse, so…..
I have a deep love of linen, having only discovered the luxury (and cost!!!) of italian linen sheeting recently,and enjoy printing on the various linens I collect whenever I’m out fabric hunting. The scraps from previous projects is perfect for the quilts as I have odd bits and pieces of varying colours and textures that should all come together nicely. I had some shapes in mind, everyone needs a good pear and also a cloud, and had a very relaxed time playing with colours and shapes.
So this is the beginning of the quilts. I’ll print some more fabrics in the next few weeks and start piecing it together. I’m thinking it’s going to be a fairly organic/rustic (read: haphazard) piecing of fabric, however the overall effect with hopefully be one of soft colours on lovely fabric for two very special little girls.
There are also plans for fancying up the underpants of the gentlemen in the house, however that is a story for another day…
If you are interested, Leslie also blogs over at www.lesliekeating.com and is offering more classes in the future.
Until next time, curtsey to you!