Tuesday, 15 January 2008

Friday is one of the days I go to the meeting of a textile group I belong to, New Horizons Textile Group meet fortnightly somewhere in Hertfordshire.

You may have seen out last group wallhanging at The Festival of Quilts 2006

'Daphne's Show and Tell.

It was a very busy meeting last Friday as we were sorting out the last minute arrangements for our coming exhibition at ‘Textile in Focus 08’ at Cottenham Village College on February 15/16/17th. This will be a retrospective exhibition of our work so there will be many pieces shown that have not been aired before. I usually go to Textile in Focus each year as they have so much to see and lots of workshops going on as well as plenty of traders. They cover a wide range of crafts here from embroidery, embellishing, knitting to quilting and more. The food is good too, you can tell that by the queue.

I will be there for two days over the exhibition period so if any of you get there do say ‘Hello’.

At this Friday's meeting a couple of us were showing some of the others how to print directly onto fabric. The particular technique we were using is with a product called Bubble Jet. I prefer to use this product as there is no change to the feel and look of the fabric when printed on. You can print (or photocopy) straight onto the treated fabric and there is no problem when printing of reversing the letters or images as they are printed from your computer or scanner directly onto the fabric. Photos come out extremely well and you can print on cotton or silk, the finer the weave the better the print. We are at the moment preparing work for a summer exhibition at Luton Museum, I will give you more news of that at a later date. The fabric printing comes in useful as I used it for this postcard that recently winged its way to Australia.

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