Sunday, 18 June 2017

The NEW Sonas Studio website . .


   
Newspaper faux chenille.


 Hurrah!! The Sonas Studio website is now live . . Do have a look - 

Thanks to the power of Facebook and my newsletter the first workshop, Manipulating with Heat, filled up fast and is going well.

 Manipulating with Heat.
A Tyvek and polyester organza bowl.

 Now the website is up it will be easier for everyone to see which workshops are available to enrol on and which ones are coming up. A New Starting Point is now enroing and there are a few places left. The workshop videos go live on July 7th.

 A New Starting Point.

 Jayne, my partner in Sonas Studio is here in Ireland at the moment filming our next two workshops.  We have just finished filming Transforming Transfer and we will begin filming On the Surface tomorrow. The workshop videos will be available to view for 6 months, because we all know how life can get in the way of our best laid plans . . .

 
 Transforming Transfer.

 On the Surface.

 The next workshops to be filmed after these two will be Scrumptious Spunbond and Newspaper Faux Chenille

 
 Scrumptious Spunbond.

 We will then start to film the 6 weekend modules for Experimental Textiles - Creating Original Designs which will go live in June. Places will be limited to 20 on this course as I will be working with each student.

 Experimental Textiles - Creating Original Designs.
The first weekend.

It is very satisfying seeing everything come together now for the online teaching. I have been talking about it for years, and now it is finally happening.
I will be kept busy with all the interaction with the students on the teaching website Ruzuku and developing and filming new workshops, but at least I will be able to do it from my home. Yay!


I hope you have had a great weekend and enjoyed the glorious weather.

x x x

 

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

2 workshops at The Granary Studio and the next online workshop.


A fabulous transfer print.

The Granary Studio is a great place to learn new skills and techniques. It is run by Susan Chapman. The studio is well equipped and offers exciting courses - do have a look - granarystudio.com

My Granary Studio workshops -
On Friday the 9th June I taught my 1 day workshop - On the Surface and on the 10th and 11th I taught my Transforming Transfer 2 day workshop.

On the Surface is my Bondaweb based workshop. The group also wanted to play with Tyvek, so we had a good play session for the whole day, working with painted Bondaweb, transfer foils, gilding flake and mica flakes - and Tyvek.

The first activity was to paint the Tyvek and Bondaweb. It is important to know how thickly to paint both products. If the paint is too thick, the Bondaweb won't stick and the Tyvek won't texture with heat as you are creating a barrier with paint.

As the Tyvek dries faster than the Bondaweb, we started with that - learning how to texture and then how to foil the texture.

Some great samples of textured and foiled Tyvek.

As Bondaweb is ironed down, it is flat, sometimes you need a bit of texture to raise the surface of your work. Tyvek can do this, used sparingly and painted the same colour as the Bondaweb background.

A painted Bondaweb sample with added Tyvek to add texture.

Painted Bondaweb is beautiful before you even think about decorating it. When the backing paper ripples you get subtle ripples that create a fabulous background to stitch onto.

 
Painted Bondaweb before it is decorated.

 
Sometimes leaving the painted Bondaweb as it is, is the best thing to do. . 

 . . or maybe add just a few slashes of transfer foil.

However, adding transfer foil and mica flake can create amaze effect and create interesting imagery.

On Saturday and Sunday it was all change to get ready for two days of transfer printing using disperse dyes. Disperse Dyes are specifically for dyeing synthetic fabrics. Once the dyes are ironed onto the synthetic fabric, they are washable and colourfast. The dyes are painted onto a non absorbent paper such as copy paper. Left to dry and then ironed onto your fabric. Using a heat press gives you fast, bright colour, using and iron takes a little longer . . .

Because you paint the dyes onto paper, once the dyes are dry, you can tear, cut, crumple and generally play with the dyed paper. One of the many great things about the dyes is that they are translucent, so you can over print and create beautiful shadow effects. As a rule you should get 2 or 3 prints from one piece of dyed paper, depending on how thickly you apply the paint.

 
Torn strips of disperse dyed paper, repeat printed.

As we were working with synthetic fabrics it meant we could use soldering irons to cut shapes form the fabric. If you iron unpainted Bondaweb onto the back of the fabric first, then you have ready made applique.

The Granary Studio is suitable for small groups up to 8 people. This means you get all the attention you need from your tutor. Being used to teaching groups of 16, it was a joy to teach such a small group.

Cutting shapes from a piece of fabric with a soldering iron, with unpainted Bondaweb on the back of the fabric.

Shapes cut out of a Bondaweb backed piece of fabric.

 
Once the shapes have been cut out they can be ironed onto a background.
I encourage students to try ironing onto a similarly coloured printed background so that the applied shapes 'bleed' in and out of the background. Definition can then be created with stitch.

 
some of the applied samples . .

                                     . .  and beginning to stitch.

I had a fabulous 3 days teaching at Granary Studio, I will be back there in 2019.
It was also good to spend time with Susan Chapman, Susan is a great friend of mine yet we rarely get together as we both travel so much. Luckily the show season is coming up, so we will see more of each from August and Festival of Quilts.

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On the Surface will be my third online workshop to launch in September and and Transforming Transfer will launch in October.
If you wish to be the first to hear about the dates of the launches, do email me at info@kimthittichai.com and I will add you to the database for newsletter.

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The launch of my second online workshop - A New Starting Point.



A sample created with my 'background and pretty' technique, which is included in this workshop.

Course overview
My most popular workshop. Discover and develop the redemptive qualities of old newspapers, maps, music and books. Create fascinating surfaces on which to print and stitch. Using painted Bondaweb/Vliesofix and all manner of sparkle, we will explore the possibilities of layering textures, ending up with exciting surfaces can be further embellished with print and stitch. If ironed onto a firm interfacing these gorgeous pieces of work that can be used to make boxes, vessels and brooches. 

This workshop is the equivalent of a fast paced one day workshop and will be available to view on Ruzuku for 6 months.

It is very encouraging to see that many of the students on my current workshop have already signed up for this workshop.

 Decorated newspaper, ironed to S133 (heavy iron on interfacing), then cut to shape with a die cutting machine.

 Decorated and stitched newspaper, ironed onto S133 and then cut with a die cutting machine.

Enrollment is now open for this workshop. The course is £80 and includes a 16 page full colour inspiration book of photos delivered to you, anywhere in the world. 
As Ruzuku, the platform we use is American, you will pay in American dollars. This is all sorted out by clever PayPal.
On enrollment you will be able to view the 'Welcome and your materials list' video and print off your materials list. The 4 workshop videos will go live on Friday July 7th. This will give Jayne and I time to print the workshop books and get them out to students before the workshop starts.  Jayne is a partner in the online workshops with me. It is she on the other side of the camera, who edits and uploads the videos and sorts out the books. I couldn't produce the online workshops with out her. 

to enrol go to - https://app.ruzuku.com/courses/22344/enroll

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Hello Jill, you are a superstar . . .
Hello Diana - have you made it to your workshop?
Hello Tod - will try to ring later . . 

x x x


Thursday, 8 June 2017

A fabulous workshop with the NW Region Embroiderers Guild - and some exciting news.

Polyester organza decorated with painted and printed fusible web then decorated with hand stitch

The NW Region Embroiderers Guild summer school was held on 2nd - 4th June at Waddow Hall, Lancashire. http://www.waddow.org.uk/home.aspx 
A stunning view and great workshop rooms along with really good food made a fabulous start to the residential workshops. I highly recommend this venue if you are looking for rooms to hire. The staff can't do enough to help, brilliant.
This combined with a group of very keen guild members made sure I had one of the best experiences teaching a summer school.


 
 My group was in a large airy room on the ground floor with plenty of tables and power sockets.

The workshop was based on working with painted and printed fusible web. This was torn and ironed down to create a back ground for stitch. These backgrounds were decorated with combinations of Xpanadaprint, embossing powders,painted newspaper, gilding flake, mica flake or transfer foil. But not all at once!!

 
 Some of the layered backgrounds.
 
Torn strips on painted and printed fusible web, decorated with transfer foil and mica flakes.

A fusible web background used as a background for print.

Once the backgrounds were created, the group then began to stitch into their samples. I hope you will notice that we used a limited palette of colours on each sample. This meant you can appreciate the textures. The group were also encouraged to stitch in a colour that was already on the work, nothing contrasting. This enables the viewer to get drawn into the work, discovering new areas of stitch as you look.

As you will see from this beautiful sample.

This group created some of the best work I have seen on a workshop. Having 2 days and 2 evenings to work in gives you time to experiment, create and stitch. 
Here is just some of the wonderful work the group produced, the stitching has just been begun on most of the samples . .









A lovely bowl of threads on Hilary's table.
 
We also worked with distressed cellophane.  . .
 

  . . and newspaper . .

 . . and polyester organza.

I would like to thank Sue Chisnall and her team for an absolutely brilliant summer school and the students for such outstanding work.

 The other tutor on the summer school was Nicola Jarvis. Her group were learning new stitches and working on one of beautiful, printed kits.





If you live in the NW of the country and are looking for a Guild to join, then have a look here.
nwregionembroiderers.org
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My first Sonas Studio online workshop launched on June 5th. 
We limited the numbers to 80 as I needed to make sure I could manage the online interaction with the students. It seems to be fine. Many of the students that enrol on online workshops work at their own pace and don't interact with other students, or even the tutor, it is their choice.

I have had very good feed back, The students like the having 4 shorter videos to work along with rather than one long one. All in all it has been a very positive experience. If you would like to join the database to be the first to hear which workshops are being launched when, then email at info@kimthittichai.com

My next online workshop will be A New Starting Point - 
I know this is eagerly awaited.


A sample created with my 'background and pretty' technique, which is included in this workshop.

Course overview
My most popular workshop. Discover and develop the redemptive qualities of old newspapers, maps, music and books. Create fascinating surfaces on which to print and stitch. Using painted Bondaweb/Vliesofix and all manner of sparkle, we will explore the possibilities of layering textures, ending up with exciting surfaces can be further embellished with print and stitch. If ironed onto a firm interfacing these gorgeous pieces of work that can be used to make boxes, vessels and brooches.



Enrollment will start on Friday 9th June - tomorrow.  The course is £80 and includes a 16 page full colour inspiration book delivered to you. As Ruzuku, the platform we use, is in American you will pay in American dollars. This is all sorted out by clever PayPal.

On enrollment you will be able to view the 'Welcome and your materials list' video and print off your materials list. The workshop videos will go live on Friday July 7th. This will give Jayne and I time to print the workshop books and get them out to students before the workshop starts.  Jayne is a partner in the workshops with me. It is she on the other side of the camera, who edits and uploads the videos and sorts out the books. I couldn't produce the online workshops with out her. 

to enrol go to - https://app.ruzuku.com/courses/22344/enroll
Whoo hoo!! My online workshops have begun, after all the years of talking about it.

Jayne is coming over to Ireland to film the next 3 workshops next week. It is all so exciting.

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Hello Jill - thanks so much for all your help and the early coffee!
Hello Diana, will ring to ask questions as soon as I am home.
Hi Tod - I know you are enjoying this journey with me.

x x x