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December 7th, 2010

Almost all of the work shown on this site is available to purchase, and similar products are available on my Etsy store.

An exception is the photos of the made up samples I have created of the DIY patterns which I sell. Only the DIY patterns are available to purchase, rather than the completed versions shown in the Gallery page.

If you wish to buy something, or you have any questions about anything you have seen on this site,  feel free to contact me at;

ann@spikeydesigns.com

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Walkers Bag

April 22nd, 2014
Australian fauna

Australian fauna

 

Early March my work was part of Leesa Chandler’s exhibition in the Cranbourne Botanical Gardens.  Leesa designs fantastic Australian fabric featuring Australian flora (as well as other amazing designs) and this goes so well with the Australian Gardens. My products also reflect Australian flora and fauna so I was very pleased to be part of the exhibition. The Walkers bags sold very well so Leesa will now sell the pattern in her fabric shop- Chandlers Cottage, Beaumaris. This Saturday ( April 26th 2014)  sees the launch of the patterns.

Australian Birds

Australian Birds

These bags feature Australian birds. Two feature the Tasmanian Grass owls. The last bag is of the white-backed magpies, whilst the first one is the purple swamp hen. The swamp hen is a lino-cut and the others are screen prints.

Wombats, kangaroos and gum leaves

Wombats, kangaroos and gum leaves

The wombat bags have been hand painted before being quilted.

From blue wrens to emus.

From blue wrens to emus.

Three of these are lino cuts. the other one of wombats, is a screen print. The bags feature a zipper closure down one side, for keys, phone, money etc. There is an opening at the top for your glasses and water bottle.

iPad Covers

April 19th, 2014
iPad covers

iPad covers

I have been working on iPad covers at last.  Some I am making a little wider as many iPads now come with a slim cover which people leave attached. As you can see I have been having lots of fun creating the covers.

On the left is an image from the granite belt is southern Queensland.  You just wander around and there are all of these boulders which seem barely balanced, as though some great flood left them there. The drawing is a screen-print which I have painted with Procion dyes and then discharged back to give splashes of bright light. Before quilting the design, I added thread painting to highlight the rocks and grasses.

On the right is a recent lino-cut of  a callistemon plant, often known as the bottlebrush. I was really thrilled with the fine lines I achieved with the blossom on the right. I have quilted around the design and over the whole cover.

Quilted covers, reverse side

Quilted covers, reverse side

From this image you can see the variation in the direction of the lines in the quilting.

inside view3These photos show the Velcro strips used to give a strong closure to the cover. I have used lovely cotton fabrics throughout, for the covers and the linings.  Inside is quilt wadding to give the lovely loft feel to the quilting, then I have added bag felt to make the cover sturdy. This set of six, reflect outback colours. I next plan to work on water aspects and blues, as I know everyone has a favourite colour way!

quilted covers with lino-cuts

quilted covers with lino-cuts

These covers are decorated with lino-cuts. The first one is of gum leaves, the second is a coastal banksia. The gumleaf fabric was coloured with eco dyes before printing. The banksia fabric was coloured with Liquid Radiance.

 

Velcro closure

Velcro closure

Here  you can view the fabrics chosen for the linings.

quilted, padded covers

quilted, padded covers

These have quiet bush fabrics chosen for the covers. Through the gumleaf cover, I have quilted gum leaves.

Outback designs.

Outback designs.

These fantastic gums were in outback Western Australia.  I just loved the stark black and white of the trees. Both of these designs are screen prints, painted with dyes. With the quilting I have reflected the landscape around the images. With the Olgas I have drawn (with machine stitching) rocks and grasses. With the gum trees I have drawn grasses and little pebbles.

 

iside viewInside The Olgas cover I have used an Australian wildflower design by Leesa Chandler of Chandlers Cottage.

The outback designs, quilted and padded.

The outback designs, quilted and padded.

The quilting designs show up especially on the Olgas cover. I hand dyed the fabrics, trying to pick up the variety of colours you see everywhere in the outback.