Thursday, August 25, 2011
In the detail of the piece you can see that I added tiny beads, some couched metallic cord and free motion machine quilting. The resultant piece has more of a beige look rather than pure white, so I have titled it "Not Quite White", but I really like the look of the piece. I enjoyed doing this challenge and may attempt another piece in all white.
Our Dirty Dozen show is this October at a local quilt shop, and in preparation for it I have created a stand-alone book as part of a group challenge to make a book of some sort with fiber. I love working with metal, and wanted my focus to be using the metal in different ways, so I created this book. I used different metal techniques, including weaving strips of metal, crimping the metal, and using metallic mesh.
On this panel I painted a washer with bronze Lumiere, and added a metallic button in the center. I used French knots throughout the piece in black and white crewel thread. The background fabric is a piece of fabric made using wash-away stabilizer and bits of different fabrics.
Here I used some paper beads on the sides and a bone bead in the middle
On the panel above I weaved strips of metal and added small beads at the junctures. The lightweight metal is easy to stitch through on the machine, using a sharp needle.
On this last panel I have used a bone bead and some of the metallic mesh. The rods holding the book up are just skewers cut to size, painted with Lumiere paint and topped with wide-hole beads painted black. When I finished the piece, it reminded me of circuit boards, and my husband said it looked more like Alien Tech, so the name of the piece was born!
Tuesday, August 2, 2011
I use a fairly thick cord to wrap the fabric around the PVC pipe, and I keep my pieces to around 12 x 18 inches. I also use full strength bleach, and make sure I have lots of ventilation. Plus, I usually use a mask as well; the smell can be overpowering.