Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Eight Years On

I did write a whole post to celebrate my eight years as a blogger but it seems I haven't learnt all my lessons in these eight years after all so I will have to start again.
It's been a whirlwind week with most of it spent at the Abilmente Fair in Vicenza as the guest of Freudenberg, Mettler Threads and Juki. The concept was co-ordinated by Jennifer Manefield. Three artist would demonstrate with the three products produced by each company. Each artist was given exhibition space and equipment and products with which to demonstrate. The other two artists were Jeanette Knake from Germany and Laura Armiraglio from Italy.Everyone got along incredibly well and we had a fun four days whilst doing a lot of work and really testing and playing with the product. I created my wall of poppies especially for the fair.

I also worked with some products I had not worked with before one of which was Solufix- I am in love with it. It allows you to work with your photos and create embroidered images without the expensive software for digitising and the super duper  sewing machine to do it.The other thing I liked was that it still retained the feel of having been drawn by the hand so that the quirky little things that happen with stitching still happen.I will definitely be building a workshop in using this product so contact me if you are interested!See what you think...


I really love the Solufix and can see myself using it a lot. The image above I have often wondered how to translate into fabric and stitch and it's done! Of course it helped that I had a stand of wonderful silk finish cotton threads from the Mettler right beside me so that I could get just the right  nuances in grey for this image!

There is till time to enrol in my online linocutting class which starts today. This will be the last linocutting class I will do for this year. The methods for creating stamps is both suitable for fabric and paper printing and the exercises are designed to build skills not only with the images but also with designs and cutting skills. The cost is $60AUS so email me if you are interested.

And last but not least . To celebrate eight years of my blog ( who would have thought I would keep it going for this long, but it has become a part of my life and a week without blogging makes me fret) I will give a giveaway- so leave a comment and all those who comment will go into a hat and I will draw a winner this Saturday. Please make sure i can contact you if you leave a comment.

38 comments:

heidi said...

Dat solufix is heel interessant.
Zou graag meer willen weten of dat het zelfde is wat ik bij Michael James gedaan heb in 2005.
Ziet her perfect uit.

Kit Lang said...

Congratulations on 8 years - that's quite an accomplishment!

I've never heard of Solufix before - I'll have to check it out. Thanks!

Linda Robertus said...

Congratulations Dijanne! Eight years is a long time. I look forward to many more years of reading your blog :-).

Marlis said...

Congratulations on 8 years Dijanne! Sorry we couldn't meet up in Italy, but my retreat finished only a week ago. Enjoy your stay in Europe!

Lyn Weeks said...

Enjoy reading your blog Dijanne. And I still love your poppies. Not sure which one is my favourite now. Hope I get a closer look when you get home. Lyn

Tonny said...

Hallo Dijanne

Gefeliciteerd met je 8e blog verjaardag. Ik ben ook heel benieuwd naar solufix. De resultaten zijn impressive!
Misschien kunnen we een workshop regelen bij Tegendraads in Leiden?
Hartelijke groeten,
Tonny

smarcoux said...

Hello Dij
Sorry to have missed you so far on your travels... time flies doesnt it. This new work with Solufix is fantastic .. the three dimensional look is wonderful . I may even have to give it a go.
hugs and miss you tons my friend.
Sandy

Janny said...

Van harte gefeliciteerd! Ik lees je blog altijd graag en vind dat je mooie dingen maakt.

Diane Wright said...

Hi, I have googled solufix because I really want to try it...but it looks like it's a British adhesive...the rest of the info, unfortunately for me, is in German. So, definitely interested in learning more. Thanks. Diane

annabel said...

I hope you don't get this comment twice Dijanne...blogger isn't keen on me this afternoon!

I just wanted to say that if anyone is in the UK and would like to see one of Dijanne's Travellers Blankets in real life, please do come to "Through Our Hands" at Leamington Spa Art Gallery and museum (it's in the centre of England about 20 minutes drive from Stratford upon Avon!) It's well worth a visit and the detail is astonishing and the colours beautiful!! 8 years? Crikey where did that time go? x

Gerrie said...

I am right behind you and have been reading your blog since I started a few months after. Congrats on your tenacity.

ann vanherle said...

Lees dat je hard aan het werken ben maar vergeet niet te genieten van je tijd in Europa.

els44 said...

I love your venetian image. I'm going to look for some solufix. And congratulations for your blog !

Sue said...

Is the canal image Venice or Vicenza? Either way, it is lovely, and so are the other textiles you've shared with us. Solufix sounds amazing. Happy bloggiversary xxx

Vicki W said...

Congratulations on your blogiversary! I've been reading your blog at least 5 years and I am always inspired by my visits here.

Els said...

Gefeliciteerd met 8 jaar (en hou vol .... ;-) !)
Solufix ???? geen idee !11ebvise

Penny said...

Congratulations on 8 years I thought my 6 was pretty good.
Love what you did with the solufix.

The Idaho Beauty said...

Congrats on the blog anniversary. Curious about what you are giving away. Count me in!

Kris said...

What beautiful creations! Congratulations on eight years!

Kris
Headsnortails@yahoo.com

Heidi said...

congrats from Germany, too. I'm another faithful reader :-) and enjoy your work.
Heidi

Lita said...

congratulations with your 8 years of blogging,hope to see and read more about your adventures,greetings Lita

Anita said...

Gefeliciteerd, vind je werk prachtig. Heb in veldhoven ook van je standje genoten. Volg nu de 2 jarige opleiding bij diy textile. Er gaat een wereld voor me open. Veel plezier in europa. Groetjes anita der

quilter501 said...

Your column and art have brought so much pleasure to others who aspire to have your talent. I enjoy your blog and check everyday to see if there is something new. Congratulations on 8 years.

Lori said...

Your work is lovely! Congratulations on eight years of sharing and inspiring.

Lori Sandstedt
lmsandstedt@gmail.com

Marion said...

I have enjoyed reading your blog!!
Very inspiring! Congratulations on
8 years. Please continue.
shawm@rogers.com

HollyM said...

Congratulations on your 8 years. I'm sure I've been reading I you for nearly that long!

laurastitch said...

Tanti auguri al tuo blog!
Hai creato dei capolavori in così poco tempo :-0
E' stato un piacere e un onore condividere l'esperienza in fiera con te e Jeannette.
Anche io mi sono innamorata di Solufix e silk-finish cotton!!!
Un bacione.
Laura

KrisR said...

Congrats on 8 years! Your poppies are amazing.

Chrissy Guzzi said...

The Solufix looks like it will spur your style even further. Its a bitch losing what you have typed, I just lost my comment before as I couldn't replicate the proof that I'm not a robot - too hard to read. The poppies are great and count me in for a class using SOlufix in SA and maybe Vic. PS don't include my name inthe draw as I won last year.

Unknown said...

Congratulations, Dijanne...your work is inspiring.

Irene

Gill said...

Wow! 8 years!
Congratulations!
BTW I've never heard of Solufix!!

Jeana Marie said...

Happy Blog Anniversary! Very curious about the solufix, as you can imagine...hope you are having a wonderful time. We are finally enjoying some lovely weather, at least today :)
Jeana xx

Anonymous said...

Hi Dijanne, still read your blog twice a week, you inspire me, in many ways. congratulations and best wishes Gerda

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Shirley said...

Gefeliciteerd! Mooie werkstukken laat je zien, het spreekt me wel aan, met solufix werken, ik zal even kijken of het me lukt om in Veldhoven een workshop te volgen.