Wednesday, 11 July 2018

Print, Collage, Stitch

Print , Collage, Stitch - a workshop with Sally Tyrie at Fibre Arts Winter School.

These pieces are small collages (15cm x 15cm) of small pieces of the papers that I printed in the first two days.

For the first two days the focus was on producing a collection of mono print papers. There was lots of overprinting to add depth and texture to the prints.

The first print

This plate was prepared for overprinting the page

The first print overprinted

And then two more times

This page was then torn and used in the cover for this book

A few pages in the book

There pages could be worked into over and over.

This piece had stitch added and some unpicked which made small holes. It was then inked from behind and depending on the paper had varying amounts of ink bleed through to the front.

I braved the elements and ventured out 

To this exhibition. As a ‘mad cat lady’ how could I not.

Some of the many artworks in the exhibition.

Wednesday, 4 July 2018

A Traveller’s Blanket

I am away at Ballarat, a notoriously chilly place in Winter. For the next few days I will be doing a course and living in at Ballarat Grammar School. Very well prepared for the cold with two quilts in addition to the blankets provided.

The quilt on top, A traveller’s Blanket was made a few years ago in a class with Dijanne  Cevaal.  In the class we dyed the muslin top, backing and the flanelette middle layer aqua and then overdyed the folded top by dipping it in to black. The squares are patches of embroidered fabrics which I then stitched onto the top. Once the patches were on I was able to quilt around the blocks with more embroidery thread.

Here is another view. The patches were roughly cut squares from my fabric stash. The following pictures are close ups of some of the embroidered squares.

I really enjoyed making this quilt, particularly the free stitching of all the patches. They were a very portable project and could easily picked up, put down and worked on whenever time and occasion were possible.

Saturday, 23 June 2018

Cheese and Chive Biscuits

A savoury biscuit such as these are delicious served with drinks or as an alternative to a sweet biscuits. The flavours can be varied, add a little curry powder or used other herbs such as thyme or oregano in smaller amounts. The biscuits can also be decorated with a sprinkling of sesame seeds.

Cheese and Chive Biscuits

125 g butter
100g Provolone Piquante, grated or other strong cheese
50 g  Parmesan, grated
1 - 2 tablespoons of dried chives
Pinch of cayenne pepper 
1 cup Wholemeal SR Flour
1 egg

Process butter, cheeses, cayenne and flour together until mixture resembles coarse breadcrumbs.

Add chives and egg and pulse until mixture comes together.

Roll dough into a fat sausage shape approximately  three cm wide or larger/ smaller as desired.

Wrap tightly in foil and refrigerate until the dough is very firm, a few hours or over night.

Slice into rounds of approximately 3 - 5 millimetres in thickness.

Place biscuits onto greased tray or trays lined with baking paper.

Bake 160 deg C for approx 15 minutes or until golden brown. 

Cool on racks until completely cold and store in an airtight container.

Roll into a thick sausage and wrap tightly in foil.

Slice chilled dough into round of 3 - 5 millimetres.

Weetbix Bickies

I like to have a jar of biscuits on hand. Not a fancy biscuit but perfect for casual morning teas, supper or even a special lunchbox treat. They have a mild caramel flavour and a chewy texture from the the crushed Weetbix.

Weetbix Bickies

125 g butter
1/2 cup caster sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons water
1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
1 1/4 cups whole meal SR flour
1 cup oat bran
5 Weetbix, crushed
1 egg



Put butter and sugars in a saucepan, cook on low heat until melted and sugars are dissolving. Increase heat slightly and cook for a few more minutes until the mixture develops a caramel colour. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly.

Add water and bicarb soda and mix well.

Add oat bran, flour and weetbix and egg. Stir thoroughly. The mixture will be a sticky.

Drop heaped teaspoons of the mixture and onto greased trays or use baking paper. Allow room to spread.

Bake 150 deg C for approx 15 minutes or until golden brown. 

Cool for a few minutes on trays and then transfer biscuits to a cooling rack.

The mixture is quite sticky and is easiest dropped onto the trays using two teaspoons

The biscuits spread into a rounded shape.

Cool thoroughly before storing in an airtight container.