Friday, June 29, 2007

purple blooms

I know I have posted this before, but I have done a fair bit of work on it and it is ready to be mounted. As it was published previously, I won't bore you with how I made it.
My next project is poppies in the field. That's next week.


Merino top felted with silk fibres and ribbon. I beaded it and then hand embroidered it. This work really talks to me! When I get it either framed or put on a block it will look impressive. I hope it appeals to other people as well. It was quite difficult to get the pattern of the star when I was felting it, but I guess I succeeded in what I tried to achieve, and I really enjoyed the challenge!

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Tutorial, leaves


Sheet of silk paper

sheet of rinse away, same size

variegated machine embroidery thread


sewing machine set up for free motion embroidering, feed dogs down, top tension slightly lower than normal, needle size 70-80.

Carefully pin rinse away to silk paper. Test your embroidering for tension, adjust if necessary. I have made a "how to" stitch your leaf. I do not sketch my leaves, practice makes perfect. However, you can sketch leaves on the rinse away, stitch on the lines but remember:

If you want the effect of the variegated thread, you must wind it on the bobbin. (Hope this is clear, you do not do this if you stitch on the silk paper.

I have used numbers to show my method of stitching the leaf outline, leaving space between the stitch lines to give a clear impression, but not the only way to do it!
Once you are happy with your outlines, carefully cut around the outside of the leaf, quickly dip in hot water, then place on old towel and dab with another old towel to remove excess moisture.


Tuesday, June 19, 2007

purple passion

A mix of shiva rubbing background, covered with silk paper and purple flowers made from silk paper moulded with Sonja textile medium. I will now finish this off and possibly get it ready for the exhibition.

Monday, June 18, 2007

shiva stick rubbing

As you know I bought some "special packs" from Quilting Arts. This is what I did with one of the packs. It had shiva sticks and rubbing pates. This is the result of the blue metallic stick on habutai silk

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

a forest scene

Especially scanned to show my inspirational forest scene. It is all done with silk paper and tulle. I used metallic threads and rayon variegated embroidery thread to get the effects I wanted. There is more work to be done by hand, but I wanted to show the work in progress.