Saturday, February 6, 2010

We’re snowed in and I’m scavenging in boxes that haven’t seen the light of day in a long time. I found some cards I ordered eons ago with a window cut out for fabric swatches, some silk paper and small amounts of wool roving.

I cut the “thread paper” I made yesterday to fit the front of the card and cut the window larger to take advantage of the thread paper’s lacy appearance. The paper was sewed to the card using those fancy embroidery stitches my sewing machine came with and I rarely use.

Then…..a chance to play with the needle felting machine I got 2 Convergences ago (looks like a sewing machine but is fitted with felting needles). The purple hearts are needle felted onto the thread paper. I worked the fiber from the front, then turned it over and worked from the back. Needle marks showed after I finished working the front. Turning the piece over and working from the back seemed to bring up the loft again and camouflage the needle marks.

The last thing was to do some free machine work and add a little text. This will, no doubt, elicit comments that the machine work is better than my normal script.

One down, two to go…….


Friday, February 5, 2010

I’ve been reskeining yarn madly for both Madrona and Stitches West. After tying off the skeins I have lots of thrums. The piles of threads around my feet are interesting color combinations …. So I’m experimenting with glueing them into sheets.

To make silk paper you layout the fibers and glue them together with textile medium. So how about using the same technique but replacing the fibers with thrums.I cut a piece of window screen twice the size I wanted and laid the threads out on half of it.

The other half of the screen is then folded over the threads. Using a brush, I wetted out the threads and then coated it with undiluted textile medium. The thread and screen sandwich hung to dry over.

Here’s another colorway I did….

The fibers are stiff and you can see through the “paper”. … I’ll probably try to cut a shape and stitch over it somehow.
Come to think about it… We’re expecting massive amounts of snow here today and tomorrow. Maybe I can work this into a Valentine’s card for my husband and leave it for him before I fly out Tues….. I’ve had no luck finding a card.