Monday, June 15, 2015

Indigo dyed cotton ribbon for Slow cloth and Boro

My friend Nadine dyed this ribbon for me and the shop in her Indigo Dye Vat! I can't wait to use it! I think I will wrap something though it's just begging to be couched onto something too. Decisions descisions !

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Workshop in Broome, August 2015

Spent some time today putting together this flyer for our upcoming workshop retreat in August. I'm teaching my Gentle Felt workshop for arthritic fingers and lazy people not unlike myself, Dale is probably teaching 9000 different techniques and Caroline Sharkey is teaching textured art quilts. For more info visit

Crochet embedded in felt.

Felt as a background for Jewelry.

Velvet as a Nuno fabric.

A heavy dupion and blanket.


Saturday, March 22, 2014

Embossing velvet

 Just finished writing a new workshop for embossing on velvet for the Thread Studio's online magazine.
Tried a few new things. This technique never gets old for me, it always looks good. Who doesn't love velvet?

Monday, March 17, 2014


A new colour way to keep me interested. I used KraftKolour Landscape dyes for this one. Pacific, Saltmarsh, Tasman, Wheat and Mallee. All full strength. If you buy Saltmarsh, make sure you stir it and stir it, all the while cackling like one of McBeth's witches. It takes a while to dissolve properly but it's a divine pale green.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Photos and Silk

Some of Rae's silk string I've put on etsy.

Silk string in Victorian Rose.

7mm Federation silk Ribbon

Byzantium in 2mm silk ribbon.

New Cat About The House Henry.

Susant with a silk lap he dyed in Byzantium.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Finally getting around to photographing Rae's left over stock for the etsy store. There is so much! I keep wanting to ask her stuff like "Whay colours did you mix up for this colourway"? Or "Don't you think 50 bags of unlabled thread is a little too enthusiastic"? Talk about preparing for a rainy day....
Carnivale silk velvet, 50cm by 50cm. I haven't attempted to dye it for TheThreadStudio yet, I guess I'm afraid of not being able to live up to Rae's standard. I can hear her telling me not to be ridiculous.
Stonehaven in Rae's signiture cotton gauze. Rae had this stuff manufactured to her own specs somewhere in China.

4mm Persian Bazaar silk ribbon.
Introducing A Boy Named Suze. Well, Susant actually. My eldest girl Madelen's partner. "Is there anything I can do to help"? he asked. WAH HA HAA, I laughed and sent him to the shed where he has promptly and with serious talent started to dye his little heart out. None of my girls may be drawn to the 'colour side, (Star Wars reference, sorry.) but I intend on leaving a colourful legacy through their partners. Here he is with a silk lap dyed for Dale of The Thread Studio.
Rae, which green is this????

I'm guessing but it could be Arabian Nights....

Got this one! Rivergum
Victorian Rose

So, me and my gloved finger in the process of dyeing a hankie, silk hankie not that other kind...

What dyes do I use? KraftKolour of course. I've used every brand dye available, there is none more vibrant or stable on the market anywhere. I wrote an article on how to dye using KraftKolour acid dyes for the new e-magazine produced by The Thread Studio, follow the link if you are interested in subscribing.

Here I am with the newest Uni student in the family Brianna. She passed VCE and got into Creative Writing at Deakin University so is currently earning her non alcohlic drinking money by dyeing merino and slushie for Dale in the freezing cold shed during a Victorian winter. No heating! OH MY GOODNESS, this is what Mum has been doing for the last 8 years to earn my school fees sympathised Brianna? oh wait, sorry, that was a dream, really it went more like this...."OMG DUDE, Wheres the heater, air conditioner, mini bar, cleaner, lunch, helper, what do you mean I should start before lunch, what about my sleep in"? Thank God Brianna doesn't subscribe to the blog....

Tuesday, March 19, 2013


The funeral for Rae Cummings will be held at 10am on Tuesday, March 26 at Ashton Manner in Diamond Creek.

Ashton Manor
49-55 Main Street, Diamond Creek Victoria 3089
03 9438 1910
Melways Reference 11 K6
Husband Frank, sons Blair, Tarin and Perry welcome all to attend this celebration of Rae's life. Tea and Coffee will be available proceeding the event.