Sunday, August 31, 2008

Latest Bags

The bag above is made from collaged fabric with the flower decoration (detail below) free machined on organza. I used my new couching foot to apply a black metallic yarn for the edges, did more stitching with metallic thread then used a soldering iron to make some holes and cut out the flower shape. (same with the leaves). The flower center was made by stitching around the edges of wool nops and applying some beads.
I bought the fastener beads for both bags but have modified them by wrapping with yarn and sealing with mod podge. On the green one, I've also used paint and metallic wax before sealing.

The bag below is a bit of a strange one, I'd be interested to know what you think of it.
The fabric was made by wetting some cotton fabric, twisting it tightly, leaving it to dry, untwisting, then ironing it onto vileen, to keep the crinkles in place. The embellishments include couched metallic yarn, couched cord pieces with unravelled ends and lace made by stitching with metallic thread on water soluble.

This is the poscard I sent to Sandy. The one she sent me is shown in a previous post. It's made from canvas pieces recycled from one of my old artworks. The canvas had been painted with acrylics, some bits have gel medium and metallic wax too.

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Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Bags & Postcards

I'd had this bag for a while, so I decided it needed tizzying up a bit. A lace edging made by free machining on water soluble fabric was added as well as bringing the embroidery down into the top section. I made some fabric heatgun beads, some paper towel beads and some cords to make a new shoulder strap. The drawstring was a purchased cord so I zigzagged over that with the sewing machine and made the fabric disks to cover the end knots. I'm much happier with it now.
I should say, the fabric was dyed with heat transfer dyes and the main fabric was cloqued as well. (which gives the crinkle effect)

This one, I recently got back from another outlet but I'm not going to change it.

The above postcard I made while trying a technique using fabric flowers under a sheer fabric. It hasn't got a home as yet. The one below I received from Sandy from USA on Tuesday. Thanks Sandy, it's lovely! I forgot to post the one I sent her, will do that next post.

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Wednesday, August 20, 2008

New Bag

Although I wanted to be printing this week, I thought I should really get some bags finished first as they were promised a while ago. This one, I did yesterday. The fabric is a collage of various printed or dyed pieces plus silk paper, embroidery and yarn. The decorative strip on the flap is made from painted Tyvek which was stitched, couching down some threads, then heated. The beads are made from synthetic fabric or plastic using a heat gun and soldering iron. The cord is made by zigzagging over twisted together threads and yarns with the sewing machine.
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Sunday, August 17, 2008

New block & test print






We've been having beautiful Spring weather lately which has encouraged me to enter my studio. Before I start anything major, I'm having to tidy up and sort things out.
I found a strip of block making material which had some marks already cut into it from when I had demonstrated block cutting at one of my workshops so thought I'd try to make something usable with it.
This is the finished block and some test prints done with textile printing ink on dyed cotton.
I'm very good at getting diverted from tidying up!

I intend to get back to screen printing with procion dyes and try some more deconstructed printing.
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Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Free motion couching foot


My new foot in action. It does the job OK but was not entirely what I was hoping for. I would have liked to be able to use some different stitches but you can only use straight stitch. The main problem I have is that sometimes the stitch misses the yarn altogether when it curves which means there are loose sections.
The thread guide doesn't come with the foot, I already had one but the package did include another foot with a bigger hole for fatter yarns, a threader, some yarn, thread guides for the back of the machine, and a CD with a digitised design. I think the design of the foot is so it's suitable for in the hoop, digitised designs which is not really what I wanted it for.
Hopefully I'll get better at it with more practice.
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Saturday, August 09, 2008

August TIF

Well, I'm on a roll now, finished August (above) of Sharon's Take it Further Challenge already! I really liked the colours in the photo she posted because they are colours I often use. This piece was already started when I realised it would be perfect for my TIF project. I'm back onto bag fabric after doing a postcard last month.
The couched yarns came about because I recently bought a free motion couching foot for my Husqvarna Designer 1 machine. It works quite well but only with straight stitch and I found the way the thread feeds through the foot a bit strange. I might take a close up for my next post.

Above: this piece was done last weekend in the workshop Wrap, Coil, Stitch I did with Jean Draper. I was enrolled for Stitch & Structure the weekend before but had to switch because I had a bad cold. The workshop was interesting although not my choice of subject. We were using techniques based on traditional basketry to make contemporary pieces. I have a small basket in progress which I will finish but I doubt if I'll do many more because it's so time consuming and hand stitch is not my favourite thing.

On the 2nd day I took in my sewing machine which I used for the above sample. I had lots of left over bits of cords made on the sewing machine. Jean showed us how to arrange our cords onto sticky soluble film before stitching. I can see loads of possibilities for this technique.

Postcard from Doreen
I received this beautiful card this week. Doreen claimed my July TIF postcard and sent me this one which she made on her embellisher machine. Lovely colours, I really like the way she's done the sky as well as the detail in the foreground.
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