Notebook Covers – naive Birds

I have used some of my hand-dyed fabrics, but you could use any fabric that you like. The patch is raw-edged and fused to the cover, then the bird outline is embroidered in the hoop.The bird could also be done as a raw-edge fused applique. I have added a strip for the spine, incorporating a tab for your pen or pencil.  There is also an elastic strap, holding the book together, when it is closed. The notebook that I am using is a spiral back A5 Visual Arts diary that I occasionally use to sketch ideas.  Any A5 notebook will fit; it is also very easy to adapt the size to any other notebook. The leaves are lantana leaves, painted on the back with Silver Lustre paint from Genesis Creations, an Australian company that specialises in Liquid Radiance fabric paints and conducts wonderful workshops teaching how to use their range of products.https://www.genesiscreations.com.au/The leaves are placed on the fabric, painted side down, covered with a sheet of paper and then rubbed to transfer the lustre to the fabric.

Reflections – an Art Quilt

Reflections is my latest art quilt.  It was juried into Qld Quilters State of the Art Quilt Exhibition 2019.  I really enjoyed working on this quilt.

It is currently on display in the Gympie Regional Art Gallery in Queensland; later in the year, it will be displayed at Surat in Western Queensland.

Materials Used

White fabrics – calico, silk noil, silk habotai, organza, satin, cotton, hessian
Paints, dyes, silk thread, cotton thread. Gold leaf.

Techniques

Painting, dyeing , stamping, screen printing on white fabrics.
Machine quilting, hand stitching. Embellishing with gold leaf and fabric paints.

Artist Statement

Reflections is my visual representation of the way our lives are layered and overlaid with experiences and events that we often have little control over. Yet through it all there is a constant core that shapes the person we become.

More Bowl Wraps

I have made some more bowl wraps!  Just love these fabric bowls! They are so useful.

I am using them to put bowls of soup or pasta in the microwave, collect the eggs from the chickens. I have given several away for presents. Also use one on the kitchen bench to hold assorted stuff.

They are quick and easy and fun to make!

I used batik fabrics and backed them with cotton batting/wadding. They work beautifully!

The quilting designs and the instructions for making these easy fabric bowls are up on the website.

https://www.kennykreations.com/Bowl-Wraps

Quilt Designs and Bowl Wraps

In the Southern Hemisphere, we are now well in Autumn, the weather is turning cold and I am making lots of heart-warming soups – pea and ham, apple and pumpkin…

When we heat the soup in the microwave, the bowls get quite hot, so I am making some Bowl Wraps for them.

I digitized a quilting design for the wraps, and stitched it on the red fabric. I think the pattern is a little too tight, so revised it and made it bigger for the colored bowl wrap.

I used batik fabrics and backed them with cotton batting/wadding. They work beautifully!

You can download the quilting design and instructions here!

You will find some additional quilting designs for sale on our website.

https://www.kennykreations.com/Bowl-Wraps

Bernina Australia has provided KennyKreations with a copy of Bernina Embroidery Software – Designer 8.

I am working on a set of quilting designs, using the Bernina Software. The quilting designs for these Bowl Wraps were created in Designer 8.

Update:

I have stitched some more quilting designs for Bowl Wraps

Rangoli Designs

Rangoli is a traditional decorative art of India. It is usually done by women, using dry or wet granulated rice or dry flour, to which vermillon, turmeric and other natural colors are added. The designs are painted on the floors of living rooms and courtyards during Hindu festivals.

These designs are very versatile and modern and would be lovely on clothing, table linen, bed runners, quilts and bags.

I made a table runner with three of the square designs, embroidering them in metallic gold thread. The metallic thread from Superior threads stitched wonderfully, without a single break.

I added some prairie points and used Jinny Beyer border fabric for the sashing and borders.

 

 

If you click on the photo, you can download this Rangoli Square design.

 

 

 

All of our Rangoli designs are discounted by 20% till the end of April 2018

Rangoli Collections: https://www.kennykreations.com/product/Rangoli

Single Rangoli Designs: https://www.kennykreations.com/product/Rangoli-Designs

Lyn Kenny

Lyn is our digitizer, sewer, artist, writer.

She does most of the digitizing, using Wilcom software.

She test-sews everything before it goes up on the site.

She writes the instructions.

She loves to read, listen to music and play golf.

She is an occasional cook.

Christine Kenny

Christine is our artist and designer extraordinaire.

She is a very talented woman – is successful at anything she puts her mind to.

She is devoted to her husband, Neil and to her Tibetan Mastiff dogs – Temujin and Miwa.

She has a wicked sense of humour.

(The background image is taken from her back door, looking over the Border Ranges, during a thunder storm)

Graeme Kenny

Graeme is our go-to guy.

He sorts out practical issues that need fixing.

Looks after all the mechanical stuff.

He runs our Trunk Shows. He just loved meeting up with so many of our loyal customers in his trip to the States.

He has a great sense of humour and is an awesome cook!

Lyn’s Quilt – Tabula Rasa

Lyn’s first art quilt – Tabula Rasa

This quilt started with a plain white piece of fabric. It was inspired by an incident that upset me.

I dyed the fabric first, using Procion dyes; then added Shiva Paintsticks, screen printing, foiling, painted web.

The three circles represent the influences that I see affecting us in  our lives – Family first, then Friends.

These circles are applique, painted and then machine embroidered.

The third circle is Depression – Is there any way out? I think we suffer from depression when the other two influences in our lives are out of balance.

There is a screen-printed line from Simon and Garfunkel that is difficult to see –

Hello darkness my old friend, I’ve come to talk with you again

I then quilted it with overlapping and intersecting cirlces.

I like the result – am very happy with this quilt. Making it helped me deal with the problem.

Christine’s Art Quilts

Lord of the Forest

Christine has made two stunning art quilts, using the Challenge fabric provided by Queensland Quilters.

Shambhala

The floral fabric in these two amazing quilts is the challenge fabric. Christine used applique, tranpunto, some hand embroidery and rhinestones as embellishment. She added details with fabric paint, and quilted them, free motion, of course.

They are each 50cm x 70cm