THE QUILTERS' GUILD OF NEW SOUTH WALES INC
aims to promote the art and craft of patchwork and quilting, bring quilters together and encourage the establishment of quilt groups, encourage and maintain high standards of workmanship and design in both traditional and contemporary quilting, foster the interest in the history of patchwork and quilting, organise selective exhibitions.
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The specified colours of the Oz Rocks exhibition (Ochre 70% Teal 15% Indigo 10% and own choice 5%) brought to mind the extraordinary awakening of the landscape surrounding Lake Eyre when the drought of many years was broken by refreshing rain. The parched earth and patches of sand are depicted by the ochre silk (dyed by Moira Bevan of Quilting on the Edge). The dress is constructed over an up-cycled petticoat bought at the Deloraine Craft Fair (dyed by Jacinta Leishman of Spiral Dyes). A Lutterloh dress pattern was used for the top, and the skirt with a back zip is a long piece of silk which was pin pleated on a dressmaker's form to fit the petticoat. Automatic stitching on asymmetrical straps represents tyre marks along the network of outback roads and tracks. The various widths of straps which shape the dress are made of silk supported by light interfacing.
New leaves are shown by tatted circles made from three different shades of teal Pearl Anchor crochet cotton No 8. Elaine learned to tat at school, and, like riding a bicycle, the old skill came back easily. The chains of tatted circles are hand stitched randomly in place so that they will not catch on each other There are many free sites on the internet which explain the simple skill of tatting and give fascinating patterns to make.
The indigo georgette scarf represents the life-giving water. It is a rectangle, pulled more to one long edge than the other to give uneven hemlines on the front and back of the dress, and held in place on the shoulder with a few hand stitches.
Some flower petals and the leaves are free machined, with feathers indicative of the bird life which teems around Lake Eyre after the rains.
'Awakening' was exhibited at Darling Harbour, Sydney in June 2010 and then went to the Gosford Gallery NSW.
It then went to Perth, Western Australia in 2011.
Phoenix Rising from the Ashes was sent to Perth Western Australia for exhibition in the Craft Show in 2010. See A2W 2005&2004 . The Convenor is Jennie Abbott.